Footnote to Murder
Murder, She Wrote - S1:E17
Jessica has lots of writer chums, and she’s obviously very fond of a poet called Horace Lynchfield, although she disapproves of his smoking.
They are having fun together at an awards ceremony. But it is plain to see that the movers and shakers of the publishing world are much more interested in the highbrow novelists than the lowly mystery and poetry writers.
J.B. is proud of her writing, but she doesn’t have a huge ego. When someone who has read a couple of her books tells her they are “lightweight, but kinda fun” they receive the following jaunty response, “Thank you very much! I never claim to be Dostoyevsky.”
This is the first time we see Ron Masak in Murder, She Wrote. He will turn up later as the much-loved Sheriff of Cabot Cove, but here he’s just a slim young buck, working for the New York homicide division, chatting on his walkie talkie and climbing out of windows. When he crops up later in the series, he’ll become a great friend to Jessica. I love this guy.
I am a big fan of Ron’s Tex-Mex dish too. I rustled this up once when my book group came around for the evening, and it’s a crowd-pleaser for sure. I stacked it up in a glass trifle dish so you could see all the layers. I am sure Sheriff Metzger would approve of that!
Ron Masak’s Taco Salad Olé
1 tablespoon light vegetable oil
2 lbs lean ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
2 heads of lettuce, chopped
1 x 16-oz bag of tortilla chips
1 x 1½-oz package taco seasoning with water added to keep moist
5 large tomatoes, chopped
1 quart of sour cream
1 x 12-oz jar of salsa
1 x 4-oz can of chopped black olives
2 lbs cheddar cheese, grated
Brown the beef and onions in the oil in a frying pan. Drain off any excess grease. Place the lettuce in a large bowl, the beef in another and the chips in another bowl or basket. Place each of the other ingredients individually in smaller bowls. Serve buffet style in order for your guests to make their own salad. Use the chips as scoops.
Next week on Murder, She Cooked, a recipe from the kitchen of Linda Blair.
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