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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


Soup Beans

Note by Phyllis Brown:  This is one recipe where my southern roots shine.  Nothing is more country or southern than “soup beans”.  My grandmother cooked on a wood stove all her life.  Everything she cooked was so good – her biscuits, her cornbread, her fried potatoes!  And her soup beans were the best I’ve ever eaten!  She let them cook all day.  I think that’s the trick – you must have time to let them cook.  The juice will be thin and runny if you don’t!  And that’s not the way to eat them!  It must be thick and yummy – and a lot of it!  You don’t want them to cook until there are only beans and no liquid!  It’s a fine line to walk for good soup beans!  The ingredients are so simple, it’s how they are cooked that make the difference.

Soup Beans

  • 1 pound cranberry beans
  • 1/2 pound northern beans
  • 1 stick butter
  • salt
  • pepper

Wash the beans thoroughly, picking out any beans that are discolored.  Place the beans in a large pan and fill with water to within 2 inches of the top.  Bring the beans to a boil, cover and turn heat to medium.  Let cook for a couple of hours, checking on them every fifteen minutes or so, giving them a good stir at this time.  As the beans cook you will need to add more water – perhaps twice during this time period – about a cup or two at a time.

At this point add a stick of butter – real butter please!  no margarine! – some salt and pepper.  Turn your heat to medium low.  Continue to check your beans and stir – you may even need to add just a little more water.  When your beans are tender and the “soup” is thick you are ready to eat!  They are wonderful with cornbread – or any bread!  Some sliced green onions on top – or a chow-chow – add flavor.  But I like just the taste of the beans!  This is a most economical meal that will feed several people.  As leftovers they taste just as good!  My mom would sometimes heat and mash the leftovers – refried beans when we didn’t know what they were!   Enjoy!