I would offer you a long list of the things I altered and changed, but there wasn’t much to mess around with. I did use less bacon than the recipe called for, and I think the beans would even be great without bacon. I also substituted butter for the shortening simply because I didn’t have any on hand. Other than that, I stuck to the recipe.
Moral to the story: I should have known better than to question The Pioneer Woman’s cooking skills. To get the recipe, go to http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/08/beans_and_cornb/.