First, check out this interview with David Alan Binder that posted this week. He had me when he wrote to me and said he’d interviewed Craig Johnson (author of the Longmire books, who lives near our Snowheresville abode). I think it turned out pretty well, what do you think? https://sites.google.com/site/dalanbinder/blog/pamelafaganhutchinsinterviewwithdavidalanbinder


Now, the “content” for today:

I love getting email from readers. Here’s one I got last week.

Yes, I have most of your books. What fun… now about that casserole…happen to have that recipe? Could you please share?


The thing is, I get that one a lot. I mention that stupid casserole in Going for Kona and in Hot Flashes and Half Ironmans. So here’s my answer to her:
Dear awesome reader:
Ah, the decadent tater tot casserole. Every time I give out this recipe I “make it up.” Someday I’ll be smart and put it in a cute file and send it. Or on my website. Hey, I should copy and paste this into a file. Wow, it’s Monday 😉
I use a deep pyrex dish with a liberal dousing of non-stick spray and pre-heat to 350. You could use a shallow dish. It matters not.
Brown 1/2 pound hamburger meat, and add spices of choice. When I’m doing this for grownups, that means I first brown onions and garlic, then decide if I’m feeling New Mexico green chile-ish (small can, pre-chopped) or Mexcian-cumin-ish (2 T) or just Southern-salt-and-pepper to taste-ish (see why there’s no recipe????). Drain.
Put a generous layer of frozen tater tots in your dish. Layer meat. Pour a can of cream of chicken soup over the meat. Cut back to 1/2 if you’re not into the Southern rich-and-creamy thing. Use cream of mushroom if you’re feeling savory. The goal is that the soup and juices from meat seep down into the tater tots as they cook, don’t worry, you don’t end up with a nasty canned soup layer. However, if this wigs you out, stir it up in the meat before you add it. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake for half an hour. Remove foil, add grated cheese. I use 2 cups. I like a blend of cheddar and colby jack. You do what rocks your socks. Put back in oven until the cheese melts and is bubbly or browned, your choice. I put it in for 10 minutes personally, or whenever the smoke alarm reminds me that I forgot to set the timer.
Keep reading, it’s good for the soul.

There now, I’ve done it. Next time I get this e-mail, I’m just sending a link!
Great news: I finished the Bombshell revisions and they’re off with beta readers and then to content editing. We’re on target for early August release!
Have a great weekend,
p.s.

Here’s a few glimpses into our wonderful life, from Nowheresville:

Nearing the end of Bombshell!

Eric captioned this: Pamela Fagan Hutchins doing FaceBook with the horses when she is supposed to be writing 🙂. Feathers is cooping a picture of Katniss, who thinks the picture makes her butt look big. I prefer to think of it as giving the horses an advance read of Bombshell.

Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association trail ride in Somerville, TX. We’re on the far right since Coco the Percheron didn’t want Feathers and Katniss anywhere near her 😉 Note the beautiful wildflowers!

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2 Responses to Give ’em what they ask for.

  1. Eric Hutchins says:

    I think it is pretty darn cool that you had a reader actually ask you for that casserole recipe. Funny how real things like that come to life in your books. The casserole reminds me of our time in Queensloch with all the kids, and it is a very good memory.

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