Karen inspired me to join the YMCA and get into a regular fitness routine because that was such a huge part of who she was; she was a runner and a cyclist who worked out daily and participated every summer with RAGBRAI (the Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa). Karen was also active with her church and community projects and always there to help her family or anyone else who needed it. And she loved chocolate...
Fucking cancer. So indiscriminate. Just goes to show that it doesn't matter how healthy you are, how fit you are, or how much care you take to avoid putting too many potentially hazardous substances in your body...it just doesn't matter. So you might as well do what you want to. Right?
In honor of Karen, here is one of the first recipes she ever shared with me...
This recipe can be spiced up as much as you'd like! Brown 1/2 lb. ground beef or turkey, with a medium onion, chopped, add salt and pepper to taste. After the meat and onion mixture has cooled, spread evenly onto a serving plate. Mix 1.5 pints of sour cream with 2-4 tablespoons of taco seasoning (1-2 packets or your own mix) and spread over meat. Next, pour a small jar of your choice of salsa or taco sauce over sour cream and spread evenly. For the finishing layers, add shredded Mexican cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, and serve with your favorite tortilla chips.
And don't forget the margaritas...have two...hell, make it a whole pitcher.