Southern Man

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Audrey's Mess

Southern Man is happy beyond words; he gave his very last final examination of the semester tonight! Yeah, he has yet to grade it (and a massive stack of others sitting back in his office) but tonight was cause for celebration.

By good fortune he had an invitation to dinner and was served the following:
  • One pound of browned ground beef
  • One can of tomato soup
  • One can of ranch-style beans with jalepenos
  • One can of spaghetti with sauce

Combine all of the above and heat thoroughly in the microwave. Layer the bottom of a nine-by-thirteen pan with tortilla chips. Pour the mess over the chips, cover with grated cheese, and bake in a 350-degree oven for twenty minutes.

Yeah, it sounds a little gross but was actually pretty good (not to mention easy to make). The cook called it "Audrey's Mess" after the friend who invented it some years ago. Along with a tossed salad and some homemade fudge, it made a fine casual meal. However, Southern Man's kids have relatively low tolerance for jalepeno peppers so there will have to be some modifications if he is to try it on them. They will probably like it, though; it's not unlike the "three-way chili" their mom makes (chili over spaghetti over chips). Southern Man is pleased to note that some of Audrey's Mess is in his freezer even now. Indeed, there are enough frozen leftovers in there that he shouldn't have to cook at all until well after Christmas. Indeed, given his lack of workouts for the last month he'd do well to not eat at all until well after Christmas. Not much chance of that, though!

Tomorrow night is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert! Whoo Hoo! Can't wait!


At Friday, December 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll take your word for it that it's delicious. That's what I remember about cooking in the South and Midwest. There are a lot of great dishes, but I seem to remember that sometimes, it's really all about the casseroles. I remember when my Grandpa passed, I was stunned at how many people brought casseroles and jello mold salads (something I'd only vaguely read about and knew about in theory) to the house.

BTW, Neighborsman is not doing a lot of blogging this week because he's in Spain having a fantastic time but he does get in IM and tell me how much fun he's having while I'm stuck at work. I was at the office until after 10 last night with a web site launch.


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