Pray for hot peppers in our garden!
Peggy Cooke

Please pray for jalapeños and pray that they are hot. I’m serious and I will tell you why. I am trying to get Bill interested in gardening and our gardening guru and dear friend, Evelyn Hirt, gave him some jalapeño seedlings, but he had to plant them himself.

Evelyn, never one to do things halfway, gave him a bunch of seedlings. Gardener Bill has them all planted in three pots and a few in the flower bed and a few that he threw in the garbage when I wasn’t looking. They are pretty crowded and, if we have some jalapeños, it will probably be a miracle. But I think he will be thrilled, especially it they are really hot.

I got a few jalapeño plants last year at Rodenbeck’s in Thorndale and they were so hot that I wouldn’t even taste them or cook with them but Bill loved them. He cut them up and put them on everything he ate last summer except his breakfast cereal. But don’t get all excited if you like hot peppers, because Rodenbeck’s was already sold out the last time I was there.

Bill is a big Aggie fan, but he has been miffed with them ever since they developed the TAM jalapeño which, he says tastes just like a bell pepper. You also take a chance when you purchase them in the store because one time they will be hot and one time they will “taste just like a bell pepper.”

I sincerely believe that God has a sense of humor ( just look around you if you don’t believe me) and I think he will think it is funny that Rockdalians are praying for jalapeños. And if the prayers work, we may have to set up a jalapeño stand in the front yard or put them in people’s cars when they aren’t looking, like real gardeners do with squash in the summer when they get tired of it.

I will keep you posted with a jalapeño watch but keep praying!


I got the nicest letter from Ann Sonntag a few weeks ago after I was trying to think of something to cook that would feed a bunch of people when the gang was here last. Ann is not cooking these days as she is currently a resident of the Cameron Nursing Center but she has always been a wonderful reader of The Rockdale Reporter and also a sharer of her good recipes. The one she sent is a very popular one and you may have it but, if it is new to you, keep it because as Ann says, “It makes a lot for a crowd or it freezes very well in batches so you can eat it when you want it.”

Taco Soup

2 pounds ground beef; 1 medium onion, diced; 3 cloves garlic, diced

Brown meat in a large Dutch oven with onions and garlic and add the following:

1 package Taco seasoning
1 package Ranch Dressing mix
1 can each Ranch Style beans, pinto beans and black beans
1 can Rotel tomatoes and chiles
3 cans hot water

Cook over low heat for approximately one hour, or until liquid is reduced.
Serve topped with corn chips, cheese, avocado slices, jalapeños, or whatever else you can think of. You can also add a can of whole kernel corn or hominy.

It’s even better the next day and the next if that crowd doesn’t eat it all at once.

Thanks, Ann. If you like it, send Ann a note.

The center’s address is 2202 N. Travis Ave. Cameron TX

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