I haven’t posted a recipe in a while. Even though the calendar says it’s spring, it’s gotten really cold here in Indiana (again), so I’m making this for supper. This is an incredibly easy recipe, it makes a bunch, and the leftovers freeze well. Could you ask for more?
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 can Rotel
2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 can whole kernel corn
1 can pinto beans
1 can Ranch style beans
1 pkg. dry taco seasoning mix
1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix
Directions: brown ground beef and chopped onion. Drain fat. Add remaining ingredients and simmer at least one hour, stirring occasionally.
Seriously, it’s that easy. Here’s a photo of the simple ingredients and the resulting soup.
A couple of notes: while it’s not really high in calories, you can lighten it up by using a combination of lean ground beef and lean ground turkey (I use 93% lean turkey; it’s cheaper than the 99% lean and adds only a little fat); I posted a ‘hotter’ version of this on Amy Alessio’s website, http://www.vintagecookbooks.blogspot.com/, back in January to help promote my friend Molly MacRae’s new book Lawn Order. This is a tamer version that I prefer.
Running Dark, Jamie Freveletti’s second novel, is just as captivating as her first. It features the same characters that were in Running from the Devil now a few months into the aftermath of their Colombian experience. Cameron Sumner is still with security company Darkview, but this time his assignment is on a cruise ship believed to be carrying pharmaceuticals. When the ship is attacked by Somali pirates, it becomes apparent these are not ordinary pharmaceuticals, but maybe a new kind of chemical weapon. To find out what’s there, a chemist needs to be transported into the danger zone. Emma Caldridge, fresh from an ultramarathon in South Africa where she was unwillingly injected with an experimental drug, volunteers to be that chemist and to be with Cameron again. Behind the scenes, a United States Senator is trying to bring down Darkview because of the Colombian pipeline destruction in the first book. To keep this from happening, Darkview executives Edward Banner and Carol Stromeyer are dancing as fast they can, trying to avoid giving up incriminating documents—and trying stay alive. Both are in danger of being killed by an organization that wants revenge for their earlier successes.
Freveletti’s characters are likeable and sympathetic, and the action never stops. You will not—I repeat NOT—be able to put this down. Don’t even try it. Just give into the delight of reading something this good.