Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Easy Black Bean Chili Recipe

In my second book entitled, "My Rodeo Man," one of the main characters loves to experiment with recipes, just like I do. As authors, we take what we have experienced or see in the world around us and weave stories around those circumstances. Like Ashley, Zach's love interest in the book, I collect recipes, try them out and when they meet my family's taste test of approval, they go in one of now several 3-ring binders (I've been collecting recipes for over 40 years now).

Here's one of our favorites, thanks to my lovely daughter, Allison. So far I have only used the crockpot version and generally cut the recipe in half and still find it makes 6 large servings. It's great paired with cornbread and a green salad.

2 cups diced bacon
1 onion, diced small
1 clove garlic, minced
1 lb. sirloin steak, cut into ¼ inch strips
3 cups dried black beans
1 cup red wine
2 whole tomatoes, peeled and chopped or 1-16oz. can stewed tomatoes
10 cups beef stock
3 bay leaves
1 tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
6 tablespoons sour cream

Stove-top version:
Sauté bacon until crisp. Add onion and garlic; sauté until brown. Add sirloin and sauté until brown.

Add remaining ingredients except cilantro and sour cream. Cook for 2 to 2 ½ hours. While cooking, adjust liquid with more stock and wine, if necessary. Remove bay leaves before serving.

Crockpot version:
Sauté bacon until crisp.

Layer bacon, onions and garlic then sirloin strips. Top with remaining ingredients except cilantro and sour cream. Cook on low for 6 hours. Remove bay leaves before serving.

For both versions: To serve top with cilantro and sour cream. You can also sprinkle on some grated cheddar cheese.

Serves 6-8

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

My Rodeo Man Now Available on Amazon

I’m happy to announce that my second book, ‘My Rodeo Man,’ is now available on Amazon in the Kindle version.  This is the first book in ‘The Texas Kincaids’ series and follows Zach’s and Ashley’s journey on the road their happily ever after. Visit my website, It’s In the Story, (http://www.itsinthestory.com/books.html) for more details and links to purchase the book.
The paperback version will be available by October 29 and available in other eRetailers in early November. Links will be posted to my website as soon as they are available.

“Zach Kincaid was definitely not what Ashley Drayton was looking for – one more risk-taking, bad boy to add to that long list of narcissistic, jerks who kept breaking her heart. Well, she was fed up. From here on out, bad boys need not apply. So how in the world had this cocky, confident cowboy charmed his way into her affections? She sure wasn’t going to succumb without a fight.

Ashley Drayton looked like the typical, spoiled Southern Belle that made Zach turn tail and head for the hills. As a champion team roper on the rodeo circuit and ranch owner, he sure didn’t need the complications a feisty, prima donna would bring to his life. When he finally did settle down, he wanted a woman strong enough to stand beside him in the hard-knock world of ranching and rodeoing.
Can a rough and rugged cowboy live happily ever after with a sassy and sophisticated socialite?”