I’ve invited author friend Janis Lane (Emma Lane’s alter ego) into my virtual kitchen to share a fantastic family friendly recipe that’s perfect for the new school year, and pairs well with the beginning of football season. Need I say more? Take it away, Janis…
This recipe is easily adapted to personal preferences. More beef? More cheese? More onion? More sauce? Dollop of sour cream? Scoop chips? Choose your own alterations.
Makes an easy party set up which allows guests to assemble their own plates. Serve with guacamole dip and more corn ships.
½ – l lb. ground beef, preferably chuck for flavor
1 med. onion, diced
8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
¼ – ½ head lettuce, chopped to bite size
1 8-10 oz. can diced tomato
2/3 bag corn chips, slightly crushed
Ortega Taco Sauce to taste (or your favorite brand)
Sauté beef and onion together until done (no pink left). Use fork to break lumps into small pieces. Cover pan and then set aside.
Prepare individual plates covering the bottom with corn chips. Add warm beef mixture.
Quickly scatter cheese to take advantage of the warmth.
Layer with lettuce, and then tomatoes. Drizzle with taco sauce to taste. Sprinkle a bit more cheese for garnish or substitute a piece or two of parsley.
2 ripe avocados, halved with pits removed but saved
1 tbsp. lime juice, lemon works too
¼ cup onion, chopped fine
½ cup tomato, diced
¼ tsp. salt
½ jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
2 tbsp. cilantro leaves, chopped fine – optional
1 tbsp. mayo
Chunk avocados into a glass or ceramic bowl. Sprinkle with lime juice.
Gently stir in remaining ingredients except chips. Tuck pit deep into dip. This stops the avocado from turning dark.
Drop spoonfuls onto taco salad or use chips to dip.
Here’s a little more from my cozy mystery. I hope you enjoy it.
When Cheryl realizes her new next-door neighbor is someone she loved as a young girl, she immediately puts the brakes on her emotions. Never again would she allow the gorgeous hunk of a man to break her heart.
Ruggedly handsome Detective David Larkin isn’t used to pretty ladies giving him a firm no. He persists, even as Cheryl fights her own temptations. The two struggle to appreciate each other as adults, even as they admit to deep feelings from their childhood.
She lives in Western New York where winter is snowy, spring arrives with rave reviews, summer days are long and velvet, and fall leaves are riotous in color. At long last she enjoys the perfect bow window for her desk where she is treated to a year-round panoramic view of nature. Her computer opens up a fourth fascinating window to the world. Her patient husband is always available to help with a plot twist and encourage Emma to never quit. Her day job is working with flowers at Herbtique and Plant Nursery, the nursery she and her son own.
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