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Taco Salad

Tonight’s supper is an old favorite of Linton and Kate’s!  Taco Salad!  There is not really a recipe, it’s more about bringing together all your favorite ingredients – and they can vary greatly from cook to cook – or family to family!  Our taco salad is an easy fix, something to have on a rushed evening – when there was a basketball game or play practice to attend – not something that’s on the agenda any more!  Browned hamburger seasoned with chili and cumin is one of the hardest steps in making this salad!  Everything else is opening a can, shredding some cheese, washing the lettuce!  I do insist on homemade guacamole – which you can find in a previous blog.

The building of a taco salad is an art in our household – no two people make their salad alike!  All ingredients are placed in separate bowls and each person concocts their dinner according to their preferences.  Of course the correct way to fix a taco salad, my way!, is to start with a nice bed of salad greens.  Next comes my seasoned hamburger – then the cheese, so it can melt just a bit.  Tomatoes are next, then black olives and a bit of salsa.  If you need a recipe for salsa try my fresh tomato salsa.  Three dollops are the crowning piece de resistance – sour cream, refried beans and guacamole!  Served with tortilla chips it is so good – a burst of flavors in every bite!  And even though I have instructed my family in the proper way of making a taco salad, being the very independent souls that they are, filled with ingenuity and stubbornness, they cling to their design.  Kate makes small little piles of ingredients – with no lettuce.  Taco salad and no lettuce – I’m still pondering on that one!  Linton, bless his dear little heart, does not eat guacamole – or at least not in previous years.  He missed out on the best part!  Ritchey is not as particular of the order of his ingredients – dare I say he puts his hamburger on the plate first?  Ah, what can I do with them?  Just love them I suppose!  How do you like your taco salad?

And now after that bit of silliness – I was tagged by Linda at Savoring Every Bite for the 10 Question Quiz:

1.  Describe yourself in seven words. 

I love life with Ritchey, Linton, Kate!  That about sums it up – even though we are all alike in many ways, our differences make life very interesting!  We love Renaissance Faires, Tolkien conventions, food, music, the beach, books, gardening, being green, traveling and genealogy (I must admit this is mostly me!).

2.  What keeps you up at night?

Not a thing, once my head hits the pillow that’s it till morning!

3.  Who would you like to be?

No one but myself!  I love being who I am and where I am in my life.

4.  What are you wearing now?

Jeans, a shirt and sweater – it’s cold here in Kentucky!

5.  What scares you?

Nothing really.  I’m concerned about the economy and the unconcernedness of the world and people in general today.  I wish people cared more, were more passionate about what they felt and believed in, were more anxious to stand up for what is right.

6.  What is the best and worst things of blogging?

The best – I love all the people I’ve met, the new friends I’ve made.  I so enjoy reading your blogs – and have learned so much from you!  The worst – I think everyone has the same answer – the time it takes!  I write two genealogy blogs a day and a food blog a couple of times a week.  I wish there were more hours in a day!

7.  What was the last website you  looked at?

My genealogy website!

8.  If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

To become a minimalist.

9.  Slankets, yes or no?


10.  Tell us something about the person who tagged you.

Even though I am not Italian – unless you go very far back into history – Linda and I must be related.  Our way of cooking is so similar.  I’ve made so many of her recipes and they turn out lovely – the flavors and seasonings are just perfect!  Her photos are exquisite – you can almost eat from the pages of her blog!  I have learned so much from her!

 Who are you going to tag to join the quiz?

Karen – Back Road Journal

Cecilia – The Kitchens Garden

Greg and Katherina – Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide

Caroline – Sweet Caroline’s Cooking

Joanne – Fifteen Spatulas


Autumn Is Coming

September 1st

This is the last of the zucchini – I used half for my Squash and Zucchini Casserole and half I sliced and froze.  The yellow pear tomatoes also found their way into bags and headed for the freezer!  A few things are safely put away for the winter months – to be brought out and enjoyed as a remembrance of summer’s goodness.

Our tomatoes are still producing – especially the yellow and red cherries.  They are abundant and show no signs of stopping at this point.

These are volunteer plants.  They grow along this fence, at the back of the house and on the other side of the house – oh, and one lonely plant in with the oregano – Ritchey thought he pulled them all from that bed – but he missed one!  It looks as if you have two colors of tomatoes growing on one vine, but the plants are so inter-mingled it’s hard to tell where one ends and the other begins!  I made cole slaw to take to Kate’s tonight and I used halved red and yellow cherries.  She was always my taste tester for cole slaw when at home – it’s hard to say it’s ‘just right’ until she proclaims it so!

Our yellow pear tomatoes – different from the yellow cherries – are almost gone.  The vines are dried – there will be no more fruit produced.  Once we pick the few that are left those plants will be pulled.  It’s been 22 days since we’ve had rain.  Last night it started with a good thunderstorm – and it continued to rain throughout the night – slowly and gently.  Much better for allowing the rain to actually soak in and nourish the plants!

There are many large tomatoes still on the vines – green – but hopefully they will ripen.  If not, there’s always fried green tomatoes!  Or chow-chow!

But perhaps we will have more like this . . .

And with that make this – a lovely hamburger made from beef from Donna and Jerry, melted mozzarella, a slice of red onion, a thick slice of fresh tomato and topped with avocado slices!  And a little mayo – my choice of condiment!  But for your burger you can choose your favorite!

Best Stuffed Peppers Ever!

Note by Phyllis Brown:  I made these last night when Ritchey’s brother came for supper – and forgot to take pictures!  These are the leftovers we had tonight.  The Rosemary Infused Lemonade is from Rufus’ Food and Spirit Guide – it was so good!  Especially on a hot day like today!  The Fried Potatoes With Red Onion and Dill is an earlier post.  Lemon Green Beans completes the meal.

Best Stuffed Peppers Ever!

  • 3 large peppers – I used red, orange and yellow
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • good handful of fresh dill, chopped
  • 3/4 can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup sourdough breadcrumbs
  • Pecorino Romano

Cut peppers in half, remove stem and seeds.  Wash, let drain.  Drizzle olive oil in 9×13 baking dish.  Arrange pepper halves, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and olive oil.  In a large bowl combine remaining ingredients except a small part of the breadcrumbs and cheese.  Add salt and pepper.  Mix well – your hands are best for this job!  Fill pepper halves with mixture.  If there is extra, make medium meatballs and add to dish.  Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.  Remove foil, turn oven to 425, sprinkle with remaining breadcrumbs and cheese.  Cook for an additional 30 minutes.