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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Jerry's Southwestern Surprise

Fry up some sliced onions and diced garlic in olive oil (put the garlic in at the last minute, as garlic that is more than lightly browned becomes bitter). Add a can of rinsed kidney beans, toss them around a little, and then mash a few times with a potato masher. Leave a lot of the beans intact, but the mashed ones will provide thickening. Add a can of diced tomatoes -- the ones with jalapeno in them are a good choice. Add a small can of (drained) niblet corn. Stir and warm through. (Meat eaters can add 1/2 a pound of hamburger after the onions and before the beans, making sure to brown the hamburger and break it up small with the spatula. But this dish is perfectly filling without the meat.) Put contents of pan in a small casserole dish, add a bag-full of shredded jack or cheddar cheese over that, and top with corn muffin batter (from a box, like Jiffey's). Bake uncovered in oven, following the temperature and time instructions from the back of the box. Too easy, huh? But it's another great winter dish.

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