Taco Soup

2 cups cooked ground beef or turkey
3 (15oz) cans chili beans
1 (14oz) can stewed tomatoes
1 1/2 cup frozen corn
1 1/2 cup water
1 small can green chilis
3 T. taco seasoning
2 T. dry ranch powder

Combine all ingredients. Cook in crock pot on low all day, or high for 2-3 hours.

Tim’s favorite black beans

For tacos, burritos, etc.

1 can black beans – rinsed and drained

1/2 c. coarsely chopped onion

1/2 t. salt

1 t. cumin

1/4 c. fresh cilantro – chopped

1 t. chili powder

1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper

2 cloves minced garlic

1 T. lime juice

All measurements are approximate. In fact, they really shouldn’t be trusted because I am typing this out from memory of what all I threw in the pot. Season to taste – it’s what I did!

Rinse and drain black beans. Place in small pot and add enough water to cover, bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, cilantro and seasonings. Reduce heat and simmer for an hour or so.

Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella Salad

onion pieces
fresh mozzarella cheese

2 large tomato, slice
3 Tablespoons olive oil
3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar

lay tomatoes, onions and mozzerella on dish. Combine other ingredients and
pour over.


2 1/4 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter — chopped
1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
1 cup granulated sugar — scant
1/2 cup brown sugar — firmly packed
1 pinch salt

1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 3/4 cups nuts
14 ounces semisweet chocolate — chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

Lightly oil two baking sheets. In a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium
heat, cook the first six ingredients until the sugars dissolve and the

butter melts. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring frequently, for about 1
hour, until the caramel reaches 238 degrees.
Place the bottom of the saucepan in a pan of cold water to stop cooking or
transfer the caramel to a smaller saucepan. Cool slightly, then stir in
the vanilla extract.
Stir the nuts into the caramel until well coated. Using an oiled
tablespoon, drop spoonfullsof the nut mixture onto the prepared sheets,
about 1 inch apart. If the mixture hardens, return to the heat to soften.
Refrigerate the clusters for 30 minutes until firm and cold, or leave in a

cool place until hardened.
Using a palette knife, transfer the clusters to a wire rack placed over a
baking sheet to catch drips.
In a medium saucepan, over a low heat, melt the chocolate and begetable
shortening, stirring until smooth.Cool slightly.
Spoon chocolate over each cluster being sure to cover completely.
Alternatively, using a fork, dip each cluster into chocolate and lift out,
tapping on the edge of th esaucepan to shake of excess.

Place on the wire rack over the baking sheet. Allow to set for 2 hours,
until hardened.

Ultimate Quick and Easy Pasta Sauce (red)

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup onion — chopped
4 cloves garlic — minced
1/2 cup dry red wine or 2 tb. balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes, — undrained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Heat oil in a saucepan or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion
and garlic; saute 5 minutes. Stir in wine and next 6 ingredients; bring to
a boil. Reduce heat ot medium, and cook, uncovered about 15 minutes. Stir
in parsley. Yield 3 cups.