Soup – Taco Soup

The Fonz


The Fonz! Live and in person!

I went to a fun event this morning. Anderson’s Bookshop (in Naperville and Downers Grove) hosted this wonderful children’s lit event and had six keynote speakers, including Henry Winkler, who has co-written a number of books about Hank Zipzer, a boy with dyslexia.

Winkler told about how he did very poorly in school because he learned differently, and didn’t know it was dyslexia that slowed him down until he was 31 years old.

It was very different from the cool, suave, has-it-goin-on Fonzie character from Happy Days. His parents, strict and unsupportive, did not help him with his challenges, but belittled him. You could hear the hurt in his voice.

But I loved what he said about life. He said you have to have tenacity and gratitude. Tenacity to get where you want to go, and gratitude to be grateful when you get there.

He also shared images of his years before launching his writing career.

Here he is in the 60s.


Here he is as the Fonz.


And here he is presenting his leather coat from his Happy Days to the Smithsonian.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI grew up on Happy Days, so I was a bit star-struck to see this little man in his teal North Face jacket walking amid the crowd, just a regular joe.

But that was what struck me about the whole morning. All of these big-name children’s authors are just regular joes. Some speak well. Some mumble. Some have interesting stories to tell. Some I wouldn’t connect with as much. But all of them are just regular people, taking ideas and turning them into stories.

But I owe big thanks to Lawrene at Elmhurst Public Library for suggesting my name to Anderson’s so that I could attend the event. Thank you, Lawrene, and thank you, Anderson’s!

Taco Soup

My father-in-law served us some taco soup a year or so ago, and I loved it. It was in the midst of my dying gallbladder so it didn’t sit well with me. But it was delicious! And I’ve made it many times since post-gallbladder and loved it, before and after eating it. Patti G.’s recipe (p. 23) is not exactly the same as my father-in-law’s recipe, but quite similar. His calls for kidney beans instead of the Great Northern beans in this one. I had extra black beans on hand, so I used them instead of the Navy beans. Now the house is smelling delicious–very taco-y.


This is super easy to make, just brown the beef and toss in all of the other ingredients.


And here it is, simmering away, filling the house with deliciousness. Yum!

One response

  1. Ah yes, The Fonz was a great one. His high school scenes were especially fun for us all to watch. Just a neat young guy on the show. Gotta get my maximum supervisor to make up a batch of that taco soup – – yum! While we’re eating it we will award a prize to whoever can remember the most details from the shows we watched.

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