Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Chicken Tortilla Soup

I get really excited when the first snow falls in Colorado. It means boots, hats, gloves and SOUP! I love soup! This has to be one of my favorites and it's not kid friendly.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 pound, boneless chicken breasts, sliced into cutlets
1.5 tablespoons olive oil, separated
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chili powder (more to taste)
1 large onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 cloves of garlic, sliced thin
32 oz chicken broth
2 cups of water
2 (10oz) cans of Rotel with Green Chilies
3 cans black beans, drained
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt to taste
Corn Tortilla strips

1 lime, cut into wedges
Avocado, diced
Colby Jack Cheese, shredded

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons of oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat.  Season chicken with salt and chili powder.  Add chicken to the pot and cook, turning only once, until brown on both sides and cooked through.  Transfer to a cutting board.  When cool enough to handle, cut into chunks or shred.

Heat a tablespoon of oil in the now empty pot and add onion, green and red peppers and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes or until soft and fragrant. Add chicken broth, water, tomatoes,  black beans and chicken.  Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to medium low. Add cumin and cayenne, salt to taste. Simmer for at least 20 minutes to meld the flavors.  I like to simmer for a couple of hours.

Turn off heat 15 minutes before serving and add tortilla strips.   Garnish with cheese,  avocado and lime wedge.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Caffeine Crawl

I need to go to the Caffeine Crawl.  

It's in my DNA! (that's how much I drink)

photo credit
Who wants to go with me?

Friday, October 7, 2011

The One Where I Cry Over Popcorn

I went to Whole Foods this morning for my new addiction.

This amazing Caramel Corn from Rocky Mountain Popcorn is my new favorite thing!  It's gluten-free and just so tasty.  

I was disappointed to see that Whole Foods (the one in Belmar) didn't  have it and there wasn't a tag for it either.  I almost cried!  

How can you get me hooked on this little bag of heaven and then not have it anymore?  

I decided to try a few other things instead.  Reluctantly.

I just ate a couple small bowlfuls of 365 Kettle Corn and just realized that it's NOT gluten-free.  CRAP! tastes good anyway.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Way To His Heart....

Italian Sausage!!

My marriage tip for the day.

Instead of sending your husband racy pictures of yourself while he's at work....

Send him pictures of the Italian Sausage Store!

This also guarantees that he'll make it home on time for dinner.