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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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God is a woman

A.K.A. Gender stereotypes and the construction of Self.

WARNING: This is a post where I get all smart and bookish and feministy…continue if you will…

Originally, this post was inspired by Christina Vincent‘s shared link on Facebook, entitled “Gender stereotypes easing more for girls than boys.” by David Crary. Click it. Read it. This is the easy part…

I knew from the get-go that there was a blog post for me in there. So, I braved the allergies, and dug out all my old papers and references from my college Literary Criticism and Theory class, and did a bit of research. Plus, I found a bunch of poetry from 1994, so that alone was worth it?!

English 419 was my favorite class in my four-year stint at UO. In fact, I loved it so much, I took it twice?!

Okay, so I flailed miserably the first time around, and retook the class the following year, receiving a much higher grade. This was the only course I took twice during college. Apparently, taking a split Undergrad/Graduate course as a sophomore is not recommended. I agree. It was too soon the first time around, and I was still in the “Omigod, let’s party!” mode…..such is the life of the undergrad. My professor, Linda Kintz, was my mentor. I learned more from her than anyone else in the whole four years?! I’m positive she has no freaking clue who I am, but still…

I have always found that it’s the teachers who tormented forced believed in your mental abilities to be the most inspirational. For example, my senior year of high school, I had the most gruesome AP English teacher, whom we all despised. But now I look back at him as an inspiration for what I’ve become. He was a complete jerky-pants, but he made me think, gave me the classical base I’d need to eventually study English in college, and subsequently graduate with a BA in English Lit.

I saw him on the bus a few years ago, and thanked him.

He had no freaking clue who I was…… 😉

Alas, I digress…..

My point, originally, was that this article about gender stereotypes reminded me of a classroom experiment we did in English 419, regarding gender stereotypes in males versus females. There was a brief questionnaire (about 10 questions) in which we were asked generic questions and our answers where then lumped into categories of male or female. For example, one question was whether or not you wear nylons….

And I can’t believe I just gave myself allergies again, and can’t find the damn questions?!

However, I did find a questionnaire about heterosexual stereotypes, but that’s another post altogether. 😉

Have I mentioned that I minored in Women’s Studies, as well as Creative Writing? Unfortunately, there were no minors actually given at the time I went to college, so I guess more of an emphasis than a minor….

Anyway……..

I answered all the questions with the stereotypical male answers…

Dudes…I’m a chick.

But apparently not a girlie-girl. Or perhaps I just hate nylons? I’m okay with that. In fact, I’m more than okay. I embrace it.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not all feminist-head-bashing-assholey about it. I just believe that EVERYONE, no matter what sex you are conceived as, has a right to make their own choices about life, love, and pretty much anything. Except killing people.

Apparently, they haven’t legalized that yet. 😉

But here’s the odd part: everyone in the class fell on both sides of the gender spectrum, regardless of their physical sex.

I thought the jocks were gonna shit themselves. Which made me wonder just what the hell they were doing in that class?!

So to say that gender is somehow ingrained in our collective psyche seems ridiculous. Of course gender is constructed?! It’s the old Nature versus Nurture question.

I always said that if I ever had kids (not gonna happen), or more appropriately, sons, that they’d probably end up gay. Because I don’t care. I’ll let them play with dolls, wear nail polish, and just generally do whatever they want. They’re kids?! At that stage of development, society does NOT need to be making judgements or attempting to rationalize…simply leave them be to grow up however they would like. Easier said than done.

Personally, I always wanted Legos. I got Barbie.

The world is full of stereotypes. I’m just happy that I live in a country where it is permitted for me to express my thoughts, without risking a lot.

I’m a feminist. And no, not a head-bashing feminist. An educated one.

Apparently so:

  • I hate nylons.
  • I enjoy porn.
  • I’d rather shoot the shit with the guys and chug beer than go shopping with the girls.
  • Sometimes, I like to dress up and feel pretty.
  • I wear make-up. Not that I wouldn’t leave the house without it…
  • I walk into bars and drink by myself.

Speaking of……the alone-drinking-thing…

Years ago, I had a male friend (Chad) tell me that because I readily walked into bars solo and engaged people in conversations, that I was basically “asking for it”.

Um yeah…….I didn’t speak to him for months. And even later, never truly respected the man again. But honestly, this gender-based construct is everywhere?! Granted, the bias is more reticent with an older generation of males, but it’s still there, even in the younger crowd.

I know…they hit on me.

They don’t get very far…

And if they’re lucky, I don’t punch them in the nose…

Ugh…seriously. That shit pisses me the fuck off. What gives some jackass-douchebag the right to ask me why I would sit at a bar alone drinking, when they are doing the same thing themselves?!

Talk about stereotypes?!

And on that note, I will leave you with a video of kick-ass girl proportions and short shorts. Cuz I can.

Blainey, this is your ringtone. Cuz you’re my fist-bumping chick friend. 🙂

So go ye forth and purchase Legos and Barbies. Just give them to the opposite child. See what happens…

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Fellow Writer In Need: Step Up

Fellow Writer In Need: Step Up.

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There’s a blood stain on the World!

Brought to you by The Bloggess: http://thebloggess.com/2011/04/honestly-its-sort-of-hard-to-argue-with-any-of-these/

Click the link. No, really. This post will make no sense without a click.

Oh and you totally need a Twitter account. 

Go get one. Then you can join the ranks of nonsensical banter with me.

Then go here, and enjoy. I think I peed a little…

http://yes.thatcan.be/my/next/tweet/

So now that you’ve clicked…….

Yes, that can be my next tweet is just about the funniest thing ever?! No? Then why are you even reading this blog? For the poetry? 😉

Plus, it’s a great way to kill time at your boring office job. That is, if you can muffle your laughter?

So, go to this site, and plug in your Twitter username for your results. It’s awesome. And weird. And vaguely enlightening?

Here are some of mine I found amusing:

Day Billy Crystal makes me until I’ve failed to bed last night, and think I could never walk in lieu of.

Apparently something old…Day Old Skool Day Bull penis. (hee-hee…penis)

😛 I’d take the Pacific NW Remind me how much I am extra exclamation points excited. Shuddup. : Totally! (Apparently, I’m a Valley Girl?)

Oh no. Fuck. Thank you! : Malakh: An Angelic Novella by Sharon Gerlach Day So pretty….. (Sharon, you’re a holiday now?!)

I’m open for the human race……

*runs off from the sober chick

Marked as well…. I’m talking about?! And then I know it?! It’s the other such nonsense He marcado un. (And now I speak in foreign languages…)

Fuck if you in the back of Judgement in Portland tonight? Either that was in the bed.

Day post……..* *head desk* FUCK?! Omigod. I saw a YouTube video in Death, by Kait Nolan Long overdue! (I use “fuck” a lot.)

I might be friends? Day post……..* *head desk* FUCK?! Omigod. I saw a bit harsh ~ Um wha? Hell yeah!

*head desk* FUCK?! Omigod. I talk to Concrete Blonde BF only had a nerd thing?

Day Operation Control FTW! Click link if my mom about sums me want to unclick the sink with a bit low! (I really have no idea what that’s about…)

Whoa. I think I received a blood stain on my sobriety blog!

Apparently, I’ve been a really awesome book? Please read me?!

Let us go forth, the Soul today: sometimes i don’t have no fear….” I will continue to shoot against the? (Oh the grammar is killing me?!)

I did! You want to Project Dumping The Demon Slayer Day Meet The monster awaketh?! Oh wait. (snort)

And smell of local people are they even talking about.  (What???)

5 of baby formula in there.

You can use something catastrophic.

Not yet. Tomorrow on the difference between glucose and I’m drunk now? Except not?

Ooh! Pumpkin time?! Don’t talk to jump.

Werewolf cops! book to bed last night, and upside down bumps. Everything Will Be Fine Let us go forth.

 I apologize for his number on the shower?! Hmmm……

Day Gription and my laptop may have officially turned the bed.

And my personal favorite:

There’s a blood stain on the World!

Apparently, I tweet “blood stain” a lot?!

And “fuck”. Obsessively…..

 This is mildly disturbing.

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