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Norwalk woman shares taco soup recipe

By SCOTT SEITZ • Feb 25, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Norwalk resident Melissa Baker was happy to share her recipe for taco soup.

“This is easy to make,” Baker said, as she shared the dish with her co-workers at Century 21 Premiere Properties.

Baker, a Realtor, joined the firm just recently.

“It’s going great,” she said about her new job. “There is really a family atmosphere at the office. Everyone is so nice. We all like to have a good time and do the work. 

”I’m busy and meeting a lot of people,“ Baker said. ”The community has been very supportive.“

Baker is originally from Savannah, Ga.

”This recipe is from the south,“ she said. ”In the south, we’d get the neighborhood together and watch football on Saturdays.“

Baker said several television would be going at one time. Her favorite team, though, is the Georgia Bulldogs.

She said, in the south, if the garage door was open, that was an indication that visitors were welcome.

”That was just a way of life,“ she said. ”We’d have 60 or 100 people.The kids would be playing and the adults would watch the game. It was good, family time.“

Cooking has been a part of Baker’s life for as long as she can recall.

”I love to cook,“ she said. ”I come from a family who owned an entertainment and catering company and I did that growing up.“

Baker laughed when talking about the southern tradition of covering every dish in a sauce or gravy.

”This tace soup is easy to make,“ she said, adding it’s OK to vary from the recipe.

”Don’t be scared to try anything,“ she said. ”If it doesn’t work out, you can always try again.“

Baker talked about a couple of her other specialty dishes.

”I make a homemade chicken pot pie,“ she said. ”I also do barbecue with cole slaw and the cut of meat is actually called a Boston butt. It’s a pork roast. That makes wonderful barbecue.“

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Taco soup

Ingredients:

1 pound turkey

1 medium onion diced

1 can mild rotel (do not drain)

2 cans black beans (do not drain)

2 cans kidney beans (do not drain)

2 cans whole kernel corn (do not drain)

1 pack ranch seasoning

1 pack taco seasoning

Toppings:

1 16-ounce sour cream

1 8-ounce cheddar cheese shredded

1 bag tortilla chips

Cook ground turkey and onions in medium sauce pan until done. Once ground turkey and onions are fully cooked, place in crockpot. Also put taco seasoning, ranch seasoning, rotel, black beans, kidney beans, and corn into crockpot. Mix and cook on high for four hours. Serve and top with sour cream, cheddar cheese and tortilla chips.

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