Welcome to Simple Fare, Fairly Simple. This is a place for me to post recipes of all kinds...along with other miscellaneous fodder from my so-called life here in the south. Who knows what you will find here. Could be anything from my husband...known as IT Guy...to my kids and beautiful grandbabies that are growing up way too fast right before my eyes. But...mostly this will be a place for food. I hope you'll see something you like and if you decide to try something from the list...leave me a comment and let me know!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Taco Chili

Is there anything better on a cool day that a pot of soup or chili? I think not! That's why we love this dish! Even though the temps around here aren't THAT cold yet, it's always to nice to know that this chili is in the wings. And guess what else this is besides good? EASY!! That's what. This can be thrown together in no time and served up lickety-split! Make some Mexican cornbread if you're of a mind, or serve this with chips or warmed flour tortillas. Don't forget the grated cheese!
Taco Chili
1 pound ground beef
1 small onion ~ diced
1 15-ounce can pinto beans (undrained)
1 15-ounce can corn (undrained)
1 8-ounce can of tomato sauce OR 1 cup of salsa (any kind)
1 package taco mix
1 teaspoon (or more) chili powder
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large dutch oven, saute the onion with a little olive oil for about 5 minutes.
Add the ground beef and cook until the meat is done.
Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, then serve.

Okay....so I'm missing a picture. I'm not sure what happened to the ingredient picture I took so just pretend there's a picture here that includes: ground beef, onion, tomato sauce, pinto beans, corn, taco mix, chili powder and salt and pepper.

Saute the onions then throw 
the meat in there to brown.

Add the rest of the ingredients.

Bring to a boil then reduce heat 
to a simmer for about 20 minutes.

Serve it up!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Caramel Apple Dump Cake

As you may...or may not know, IT Guy is a huge apple fan. 
Me? Not so much. It’s okay...just not my favorite. If we ever 
split a dessert and I let (HA!) him choose, he will almost always pick apple something. I may have a bite or two but that’s it. Hey...maybe that’s why he chooses apple!! It just now dawned 
on me that THAT might be his little scheme!! He gets the dessert all to himself if he picks apple! I’ll have to remedy this little situation next time. Anyway, when I made this quick and easy dessert, he was ALL over it! Oh my...he was in apple heaven. 
I thought it was pretty good, too...considering it’s not my first choice. You should try it to see if it might work its way into 
your dessert rotation. I bet it will!

Caramel Apple Dump Cake
1 yellow cake mix ~ dry
2 cans apple pie filling
1 11-ounce bag caramel baking bits (found in the baking aisle)
1 1/2 sticks butter ~ melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
Empty both cans of the apple pie filling into the prepared pan.
Sprinkle the caramel bits over the apples.
Spread the DRY cake over the top of the apples and caramel bits then drizzle with the melted butter.
Bake for 45 minutes or until lightly brown and done.
Cool and serve with vanilla ice cream.
*Sprinkle cinnamon over the top of the apple pie filling for extra yumminess. And add about a cup of chopped pecans with the caramel bits for a fun crunch!

Here are the things you need. I show 
only 1 stick of butter...but you really need 1 1/2 sticks.

Throw the apples in a 
sprayed baking dish.

Sprinkle on the caramel bits. Add about 
1 cup of chopped pecans if you want.

Spread the DRY cake 
mix over the top.

Drizzle with the melted butter and bake!

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream!