Recipe :: Turkey Chili from the New York Times

Neither Jeff nor I are fans of beans in general but over the weekend I had a delicious soup that definitely had beans in it….and I didn’t mind! So I got the idea of making chili and found this Turkey Chili Recipe on the New York Times. Jeff made it a few days ago with Cannelini and Navy Beans and it was awesome – hearty and wholesome with none of the bean texture that we usually don’t like. The best part is that it cooks up in about 40 minutes and gets better the next day as leftovers – win win win! A perfect wintery comfort food meal!

Recipe :: Slow Cooker Chicken, Bacon, and Potato Soup

This recipe is yummy and quite easy – a win win in my book!

Slow Cooker Chicken, Bacon & Potato Soup from Cooking Light

We didn’t have leeks so used onions and also threw in some frozen peas to give it more green. Yum!

Recommended :: The Underground Railroad

I recently finished “The Underground Railroad” as part of a book club group and I could not put it down. The rich characters in this book draw you in and carry you through the more brutal details of their experiences with slavery. It was certainly not an easy book to read at times but a very worthwhile one that I would highly recommend.

Recipe :: Chicken Tortilla Soup


A yummy and super easy weeknight dinner recommendation…..Norah loved it!

Chicken Tortilla Soup (Cooking Light)

2 T. Olive oil
1 1/2 c. chopped yellow onion
1 c. chopped carrot
4 c. unsalted chicken stock
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1 14.5 oz. can unsalted diced tomatoes, undrained
4 oz. tortilla chips
1/2 c. chopped fresh cilantro
12 oz. shredded chicken breast
1 avocado
6 lime wedges

Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil and carrot and onion – saute 8 minutes. Add stock, salt & pepper, and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Finely crush half of the tortilla chips and add to stock mixture. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until carrot is tender ~8 minutes. Stir in cilantro and chicken. Ladle into bowls and stir in avocado, coarsely crushed tortillas and a squeeze of lime – yum!

Recommended :: State of Wonder


I recently finished “State of Wonder” which my Mother-in-law recommended to me and really enjoyed it. Ann Patchett’s best known book is probably “Bel Canto” which I read and loved many years ago. This was a long one but the characters and plot were very engaging and I found I moved through it quite quickly. And the ending – whew! Go check it out and let me know what you think.