November is National Novel Writing Month. For those of you who aren’t writers, that means thousands upon thousands of writers are hunkered over their keyboards right now, tallying a word count. There’s a whole website and online community devoted to what is known as Nano-ing. Some years I participate and some I don’t. This year I committed to the whole 50,000 word goal.
It never fails that when a writer is buckled down for an intense writing spree, 300 emails pour into her inbox, the assistant editor requests a dear reader letter and study questions, ten things crop up on the home front that scream for her attention—and her turn to blog rolls around.
The organized Nanoers shop, prepare meals ahead and freeze them. Is that impressive, or what? Others send hubby for carry out four or five nights in a row—and some—like me—make use of all their quick and simple recipes.
And so today I share with you, a couple of my easiest on deadline or Nano-ing recipes.
This is a no fail hit. I’ve made it for only the family and I’ve made it for a soup supper at church. The quantities are easy to adjust.
1 ½ lbs ground beef, browned with a medium onion
For a crowd/ 9 lbs & 4-6 onions
28 oz crushed tomatoes / 168 oz
8 oz tomato sauce / 48 oz
1 can corn / 6 cans
1 can pinto beans / 6 cans
Packet taco seasoning /6 pkgs
1 cup water / 6 cups
Simmer for 45 min to an hour and serve with shredded cheese, sour cram and corn chips
(My daughter adds a package of ranch dressing mix to the single recipe)
1 ¼ c flour
1 1/4 c buttermilk
½ c sugar
1 heaping tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 ¼ c oil
Pinch of salt
Preheat a nonstick skillet.
Combine all ingredients with mixer until smooth.
Pour by spoonfuls or small measuring cup to form 5” circles
When bubbles pop and edges appear to harden, flip.
Cook other side until golden.
Serve with ready-to-eat sausages or microwave bacon
BEST BREAD MACHINE BREAD EVER
Mix: 1 cup + 2 Tbsp water and 1 or 2 eggs
4 tsp gluten
3 Tbsp brown sugar
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 ½ tsp salt
1 scat tsp yeast
1 cup Hodgson rye flour
1 c Hodgson whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached bread flour
Easy to slice once cooled! Makes great sandwiches and excellent toast.
Have you noticed if some of your favorite authors have Nano-meters on their blogs this month? If so, leave them a note of encouragement.