This is a basic recipe from my friend Leticia. It has ground beef and you can eliminate that.
In a slow cooker or in a pan on the stove top, melt half a thing of Velveeta or store brand cheese, add 1 can of condensed cream of chicken soup. (Do not add water.) Stir. If you're doing this on the stove top, you'll need to stir repeatedly to make sure it doesn't burn. Brown some ground meat (you could use turkey instead of beef). Drain the meat. Add the meat to the cheese.
Place tortilla chips on a plate, add cheese mixture.
Now you can top with chopped tomatoes, sliced olives, chopped green onions or/and sour cream. Leticia notes that when she's serving it to people who don't eat spicy fare, Tex-Mex or Mexican that often (she's from Monterey in Mexico originally, then Laredo and now Boston), she'll usually put a bottle of medium salsa on the table because they'll want that (and they avoid the toppings). Those that ask for real spicy will want jalapeno slices.
This is really a great recipe. She brought this to one of our functions and I did not believe her at first about the cream of chicken. I thought she was joking. When I knew she was serious, I tasted her dish and I couldn't tell the cream of chicken was in there but it tasted amazing. I've made this recipe for about four or five years now and it's one of my favorites. (Do not make it for a Superbowl party. I made that mistake in 2009 and it was gone in the blink of an eye with everyone wanting more. It is easy but not easy the way doing rotel and velveeta is.)
Turning to the economy, as the Washington Times notes, the new monthly figures are out (for February) and unemployment "remained unchanged" with 12.8 million still unemployed and 8.3% being the unemployment rate. Remember, those are the official numbers. Those who have been out of work throughout the Great Recession and found no job so they've stopped looking are not included in the numbers. The Economic Populist has a strong post on the new numbers so check that out as well.
Now before I offer up the snapshot, I want to point out one thing. C.I. has reported and reported and reported on Congressional hearings this week. Today makes four hearings that she's attended and reported on. In at least three cases, I saw her reporting (and Ava and Wally and Kat's also on one of the three) and nothing else. Nothing from the press, not from my papers (Globe and Herald), not from my local news or the national news or PBS or on NPR and nothing in Google News searches I did online looking for more.
C.I. really busts her butt to report on these hearings and she does a great job of it. Like Isaiah's comics or Kat's music reviews, it's one of the things that you only get at The Common Ills. That's not a pitch for you to donate money, we all know C.I. needs none. But I do hope we are noting all the work she does and how she does it for free and often no press outlet bothers to even try to cover these hearings.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Friday: