December 12, 2009

what you discover

today i discovered i had all but one ingredient for each of the following:

lemon pie
pecan pie
and santa fe soup

so...i bought the things to complete them. i'm happy to report the soup was very much loved on a cold, rainy, wintery day. it's nothing fancy but a quick put together for when you're in a hurry. (so good with fresh cornbread if you're so inclined - today we just had fritoes with it)

santa fe soup:
1 lb ground round, browned and drained of any excess fat
1 can rotel tomatoes (i used mild but i bet hot would be good if you like)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can corn (yellow or white, either one)
1 can green chilies, chopped
1 can pinto beans (i use chili beans for the extra flavor)
1 package taco mix
1 package ranch dressing mix

dump all ingredients together and simmer for at least 15 minutes. you can garnish if you like with cheese and/or sour cream. add jalapenos if you dare.

in a few minutes i'm going to get up and start on the pecan pies (and maybe an apple too). the lemon pies will be tomorrow...because, well, the lemons had to come out and play today.


  1. I love that lovely shot and a pecan pie sounds amazing!!!!

  2. Sounds delicious! Thanks! I know what I'm making for supper tomorrow...

  3. i've never attempted a sweet pie. must try one of these days.

  4. I love lemons and photographs of lemons and this one is fantastic!!

    The soup sounds soooo good and thanks for sharing the recipe...adding it to my list of ones to try. Sounds warm and filling!

    Love lemon pie (lemon anything!) and pecan pie?!?!'re making me salivate!! :)

  5. ohhhh great soup and wow, your lemons play fabulously well together....

  6. Yum....
    I like this shot of the lemons with the texture! It's beautiful!

  7. Perfect photo. I love the colors.

    Save me a piece of the lemon's one of my favorites.

  8. oh and i am sooooo glad they did...just lovely char

  9. Lovely photo!
    Lemon is perfect ingredient for a desert~yum*

  10. Char I love the photo of the lemons, I wish I knew how to do the backgrounds that I see everywhere lately. Take care.

  11. Your soup sounds spicy and yum, just the thing to hit the spot on a clod day.

  12. Yum, and again I say, yum! That soup sounds fantastic and if I weren't already making chicken and noodles for supper today, that's what I would make! I like simple ones that don't take hours to fix. Your family is going to looooove you with all that food love coming their way!

  13. Mmmmm, soup sounds GREAT...and SO easy...and can't wait to see more pics of how everything turned said you were on a cooking streak...
    Love the shot of the lemons too!

  14. Mmm. . . soup sounds so good
    right now, and it's only 7:30
    in the morning.

  15. So I'm reading along about your lovely soup, lah lah lah. And scrolling down and then suddenly, the picture appears.
    And I gasped.
    Char, I love what you've done with your lemons. Ok. That sounds weird but the texture, the light and the metaphor. You took the lemons that life dealt you recently and you made a wonderful lemonade with them.
    It's why I keep coming back. Because I love lemonade.

  16. your soup sounds delish...

    and lemon pie is my favourite!
    will you share your recipe for that as well??

  17. mmmm....the soup sounds so good! and i know those lemon and pecan pies are yummy!

    i think i'll try that soup really soon ;)

  18. Lemon pie is one of my faves. I'll look forward to seeing how it turns out!

  19. Beautiful photograph. Makes me want to make some lemon squares.

  20. I'm back again on another day and I have to tell you that your Santa Fe soup has my mouth watering. Again.

  21. My goodness this is a gorgeous still life.

  22. I could use a bowl of soup right now. And those lemons make me yearn for summer. Wonderful photograph. When I photograph food it looks like something served at an orphanage. Or worse.
    Hope this finds you well... :)

  23. Mmmmmmm lemon pie. That sounds stupendous right now!

  24. im on my way honey! warm some pie up for me.

  25. just popped over from Ethereal's blog..
    the painterly effects going on with your lemons and bottles is rich, timeless...frameably so...

    pies are such a southern comfort, aren't they?

  26. Yum...and double yum.
    The soup and this delicious lemony photo! I so love it.

  27. I'm so behind on all my blog reading! That sounds like a great last minute recipe, especially as it is about 26 degrees here today! Love the lemon image -- beautiful!

  28. oh.
    that photo is stunning...
    it's like a painting!!

    and now i want lemon pie.


i feel as if each comment was between us as we sat and sipped something warm....i love to hear what you're thinking.