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White Chicken Chili

 Ingredients:

2 chicken leg quarters

1 c. dried white beans

1 medium onion

2 cloves garlic

1/2 c. cilantro

1 small can green chiles

1 can corn

2 tea. hot sauce

So, I had these dried beans, frozen chicken, and a huge bunch of cilantro to use.

Plus, my avocado had ripened.

Hence, I “invented” this recipe.

Not really.

I simply adapted to the ingredients I had on hand.

Anywho…take your thawed chicken, throw it in the crock pot, and season it up with salt, pepper, cumin & oregano.

Dump in about a cup of water. Turn on high and walk away.

Smoke break, blog reading, job hunting, whatever…

Meanwhile, take the beans you soaked last night…oh wait…forgot to mention that. Yeah, I’m cheap, so I use dried beans. Anyway, soak ’em & then boil them over medium for about an hour and a half. White beans cook faster.

Chop up your garlic & onion, dumping them all over the chicken in the crock pot.

Smoke again…or make some muffins. That’s what I did. 🙂

When your chicken’s done-ish, yank it out, and let it cool off before you get all the good parts off the bone and throw it back in.

Then add your beans. They should be done by now…

Add the green chiles, hot sauce and cilantro.

Turn your crock pot down to LOW, and go make the most of the next few hours…stirring occasionally.

When you’re ready to eat, slice up an avocado, chop more cilantro, and grate some cheese.

People can garnish however they want.

Yum.

Plus, there’s usually some left to freeze.

Enjoy! 🙂

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Forever Nocture: October Issue

I just wanted to pop in and say “HELLO PUMPKINS!”.

I was published today in the October issue of Forever Nocturne! Go me!

Anywhosit…I also wrote a post over on my other blog today, so you can check that out here.

Blessed Samhain, everyone! 🙂

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Crustless Quiche a.k.a. Breakfast Casserole

NOM!

 “Real men don’t eat Quiche”, says the BF. I call bullshit.

This recipe was originally from my Mom, and is titled “Crustless Spinach Quiche”.

I’ve since adapted it, and it’s a great way to use up produce or those couple of sausages in your fridge.

Honestly, you can simply use WTF ever you’ve got on hand?!

This time, I used the two leftover brats from my stew a few days ago, and a red pepper that was about to go.

You can make it small or larger, if you want leftovers. For the busy mornings, it’s great on an English muffin, wrapped up and taken to work. Your co-workers will think you stopped at McDonald’s, but this beats their breakfast sandwiches hands-down. Plus, it’s much healthier, as you control the ingredients and amount of sodium.

Here’s you basic ingredients:

5 eggs

1/4 c. milk

2 c. shredded cheese

and WHATEVER YOU WANT?!

Whip up the eggs and milk like you’re making scrambled eggs.

Add the cheese.

For example, this morning, I sautéed up the brats (sliced up), a bit of onion, the remaining red pepper, and sliced mushrooms until soft and brown.

I also chopped up some green onions and cilantro and added that to the egg mixture.

After the sautéed stuff cooled, I threw it in with the egg stuff.

Then dump it all in a greased pan. I used an 8×8 pan, but you could use whatever.

Bake it on 335 degrees for about 25 minutes. Poke it in the center with a toothpick to check done-ness.

And viola! Breakfast Quiche!

I’m pairing it with 2 slices of bacon, and a mini bagel topped with cream cheese.

Yum!

 

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New Release: Office Politics, by Sharon Gerlach (via Running Ink Press)

New Release: Office Politics, by Sharon Gerlach Running Ink Press is thrilled to announce the first full-length release of Sharon Gerlach:  Office Politics. Malaria is nothing a good dose of quinine can’t handle. At least that’s what software training specialist Frannie Freeman thinks when her vile office manager Malia—aka Malaria—unexpectedly marries their boss Sam, whom Frannie has loved for years. Certain it’s only a matter of time before Sam comes to his senses, she hides her heartbreak be … Read More

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

You can't see the chicken and bacon, but it's there. Promise.

Do you remember those Mexican Pizzas from Taco Bell?

Yeah…I know. Ew on the Taco Bell. But for some reason, I loved them. Of course, I always topped them with sour cream, and left off the ground meat-like-stuff because….uh yeah.

I don’t think that’s really meat. Just sayin’.

So here at Casa Christel, I’ve been experimenting with making my own version.

I was going for a combination between the Taco Bell, and those yummy Papa Murphy’s Garlic Chicken DeLite Pizzas.

And I hate thick crusts. Bare with me. This will all make sense when you take your first bite.

What you need:

2 large tortillas

1 chicken breast

3 strips of bacon

1/2 c. red pepper, diced (optional…I’m leaving this out next time)

1 medium tomato, diced

1/2 c. green onion, diced

1/4 c. fresh cilantro, chopped

2 Tbl. ranch dressing

2 c. pepper jack cheese, shredded

Okay then. Got all your food stuff prepped? Ready, set, GO!

Throw the bacon & chicken in a pan over medium heat, until the chicken is cooked. Set aside to cool. You can chop your veggies while you’re cooking the meat!

Take your pizza pan, which hopefully looks better than mine. (Note to self: Buy new pizza pan)

Grab your cooking spray & apply to both sides of the first tortilla. Trust me. This is important, as it will provide a crunchy crust later.

Then smear half the ranch dressing on top of the tort. You can do all the building directly on the pizza pan! 🙂

Now dice up your chicken and bacon, placing it on the ranch-smeared tortilla.

Sprinkle the cilantro over that. Or leave it out if you don’t like cilantro. (Dad)

Now liberally spread a cup of cheese around on top. You can use whatever cheese you have.

Remember Rule #1 in Casa Christel? Recipes: they’re more like guidelines.

Now spray the second tortilla with the funky-smelling spray stuff. I do this near the backdoor, because I’m pretty sure the cooking spray is poisonous. At the minimum, it gets you kind of high if you breathe it in. Just sayin’. 😉

Seriously? You’re all still reading? I mean, I just tried to poison you, and get you high?!

Y’all rock, by the way. 😉

Anywhoosit….

Where was I? (Must be the after-effects of the cooking spray.)

Oh yeah…now put your second tort on top of the whole mess.

MORE RANCH! Yum. Spread it around with a knife. Or your finger. Whatever.

Sprinkle the peppers, tomato,  and green onions all over the top.

MORE CHEESE! 🙂

Now bake it at 380 degrees for about 10 minutes.

What you get it a big crunchy, gooey, yummy kinda pizza thing!

Now chop it up in four even slices. Or as close to even as you can get with the whole hazy shade of cooking spray.

You can top it with avocados for even more yummy goodness?!

Hands-down: best late-night munchies or even a lunch.

Serves two.

I don’t even want to know how many calories are in this, but you’ve got to admit, it probably has less than the Taco Bell version?!

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Writing is…like air. (crossover post)

Lest you think you’re hallucinating, yes. You are.

Just kidding. Maybe.

I posted this on my Sobriety of the Soul blog yesterday, but the more I think obsess about it, the more I think I should have actually posted it on this site, being that this is my creative blog.

So, just in case, I’m reposting, as most of my writer friends pay more attention to this blog.

Plus, I forgot to tag people.

No pressure…..

Worst case scenario, you’ve already read it? Okay then. Scroll down to see if I tagged you…

The last few days, I’ve been witnessing a bunch of writerly type friends posting on their blogs, explaining their passion for writing: how they do it, what motivates, what inspires them, etc.

Christina Vincent

Carrie Clevenger

Wookiesgirl

and many more…

For every post, five more are tagged with only the prompt “Writing is…”.

For me, writing is like air. If I’m not breathing, I might as well be dead.

I used to think that my talent was some sort of abstract emotion, barely within grasp, sometimes lost completely.

I was wrong.

Determination.

Dedication.

Diligence.

As a writer, if you can always remember those 3Ds, you’ll make it. <———lol stupid pun

Just set a schedule for yourself, plunk down in front of the keyboard, or if you’re really old-school, grab the nearest writing utensil and a cocktail napkin and GO!

Spontaneity is great. Don’t get me wrong…

But firm dedication is the backbone to our harrowed flesh.

Even if I spew out three words from my overly exhausted, brain-dead mind, those are three more words than I had before.

It works for me.

Go with your mood, but always write.

And for chrissakes, remember to breathe! ;)

And without further ado…TAG! YOU’RE IT!

Sharon Gerlach

NL Gervasio

Kristen Gehrke

Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Pia Veleno

No pressure, ladies! 😉 Do whatever you want.

Next up, The Joys of Reading. A.K.A. My OCD/ADD reading habits.

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Skillet Chili Mac

At  roughly 3 o’clock today, I realized I’d forgotten to take anything out of the freezer (meat-wise) for dinner…oops.

My original plan had been to roast a chicken, but the pound of ground turkey thaws out much quicker, so as usual, I improvised.

I found a generic box of mac & cheese and went from there.

Skillet Chili Mac

Dudes?! Yummy! 🙂

 
Please note: I do not use recipes. They’re more like guidelines…
 
My not-so-secret-I-just-totally-made-this-up recipe…
 
1 box Mac & Cheese
1 lb. ground turkey (or beef…I actually think it’d be better with beef)
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 c. salsa verde
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. milk
1 14.5 oz. can of pinto beans
1 tea. salt
1/2 tea. pepper
1/4 tea. crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tea. cumin
1/2 c. sour cream
1 tomato, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
 
So first, get your water boiling for the pasta, and pre-heat your skillet. Chuck the peppers, onions and ground turkey into the skillet, and cook until meat is done.
 
Your water should be boiling by now, so dump in the noodles and boil for roughly 6 minutes.
 
Add the salsa to the ground turkey mixture, as well as the salt, pepper, red pepper, and cumin.
 
After the noodles are done, strain them, and dump them in the skillet with the browned meat stuff. Throw the butter, milk, cheese powder stuff, shredded cheese  and sour cream in the skillet and stir it around a bunch.
 
Dump the tomatoes in there too. Now cover the skillet, turning the heat down to about med-low for 5 minutes to let all the flavors come together, stirring occasionally.
 
And viola! Top the bowls of yummy with avocado and a dollop of sour cream! NOM.
 
You could also garnish with cilantro or crushed tortilla chips if you like.
 
Whatever you like. Honestly, I used a recipe I saw in the recent issue of Healthy Cooking from Taste of Home, and tweaked it a bit to fit the ingredients I had on hand. I should have added frozen corn, but I forgot until I was on my second bowl, so…
 
Thumbs up. Easy to prepare. Filling, yet healthy. Enjoy. 🙂

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