Sunday, February 1, 2009

Time to Sport Those Bowling Shoes

"Shopping tip: You can get shoes for 85 cents at the bowling alley." I guess that gives new meaning to PayLess Shoes. I never gave much thought to the use of rented bowling shoes, but.....think about it. First of all, bowling shoes are just plain ugly (no offense to any bowlers...its not your fault), the color rarely matches an outfit, and they scream out to everyone what size you wear. We don't wear our clothes with the tag hanging out for all to see. (I wouldn't want to, unless that is, I could fit into a size 2.)

You may wonder why I gave you that tidbit of information about bowling shoes, but isn't today Super Bowl Sunday. Wouldn't they be the perfect pair of shoes to wear on Super Bowl Sunday, that is if you like to wear ugly shoes? I know as much about football as I do about bowling. I do remember the boys in the neighborhood talking about the first Super Bowl when the Green Bay Packers played the Kansas City Chiefs. Now you say, how did I remember that? Well, I was 12 and they were boys! Need I say more? I am not and never will be a football fan. I just don't get it. I think I would rather be bowling, Wii bowling that shoes needed! Or eating out of a bowl!

Speaking of bowls, today's Sunday Dinner recipes will commemorate two kinds of bowls. One is a Soup-er bowl and the other can be served at the ever popular Super Bowl party.

Taco Soup

1 1/2 lbs extra lean ground beef
1 can Ranch style beans
1 can pinto beans with or without jalapenos
1 can white hominy
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (14.5 oz) can dice tomatoes
1 Can Rotel
1 can whole kernel corn
1 pkg dry taco seasoning mix
1 pkg dry Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix

Brown ground meat. Combine meat with remaining ingredients in LARGE pot. Simmer until flavors are well blended. (5 qt Crock Pot is a good container for this recipe.)


2 pkg. flour tortillas
1 1/2 lb. ground meat
8 oz can petite diced tomatoes
12 oz. grated cheese
1 onion, chopped (optional)
2 cans refried beans
1 T chili powder
1tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
salt and pepper to taste

Brown meat with seasonings. Add tomatoes. Cover and simmer 30 minutes.

On each tortilla, spread 2-3 T beans, meat, onion (opt.), and cheese. Fold bottom of the tortilla up over the filling. Turn in both sides. Continue to roll. Waahlaah! (Just like Taco Bell, but better....homemade!) These burritos refrigerate well and can be frozen. To freeze, wrap the burritos in plastic wrap individually. To heat, remove plastic wrap. Wrap in paper towel and microwave for 1 minute.

I have one more recipe that I would like to share that is just a condiment, but a great one and it, too, is served in a bowl.

Pappy's Hot Sauce

2 cans (16 oz) stewed tomatoes
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
1 can (10 oz) Ro-Tel tomatoes
1 can (11 oz) mild jalapenos, chopped and drained
1 small onion, chopped

Combine tomatoes, sauce, and Ro-Tel. Mash. Add jalapenos and onion. Simmer slowly for 1 1/2 hours. Add salt to taste. Stir often. More jalapenos and tomato sauce may be added to suit your taste.

Just when you thought that I couldn't think of any other kind of bowl......bowler hat, bowl cut, bowl me over, bowl of cherries, fish bowl, mixing bowl.......any others?

If the shoe fits, wear it well!