Saturday, April 14, 2018

Lemon Chicken Thighs

Tim made the most delicious chicken recipe the other night. It was awesome. So much flavor, and rises to the top of our dinner party entree recipes.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Alamo Chili

It's almost the end of Winter but this weekend just felt like a Chili weekend. This recipe is so flavorful without the heat.  Tim loads his up with hot sauce and jalapenos. We change out beans based on what we have in the pantry. 

Alamo Chili


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 medium onions, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
1/4 cup chili powder
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes
3 cups beef stock or canned beef broth
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
3 15-ounce cans small white beans, rinsed, drained
Chopped red onion
Chopped fresh cilantro
Plain low-fat yogurt or light sour cream

Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onions; sauté until light brown and tender, about 10 minutes. Add oregano and cumin; stir 1 minute. Increase heat to medium-high. Add turkey; stir until no longer pink, breaking up with back of spoon. Stir in chili powder, bay leaves, cocoa powder, salt and cinnamon. Add tomatoes with their juices, breaking up with back of spoon. Mix in stock and tomato sauce. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add beans to chili and simmer until flavors blend, about 10 minutes longer. Discard bay leaves. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm over medium-low heat before continuing.)

Ladle chili into bowls. Pass red onion, cilantro and yogurt separately.

After 3 days of rain and snowmelt, we finally had a real Spring day.  Sunny,  warm, muddy - typical April.  I already have a crazy list of projects for the summer. I just needed to get one completed this weekend. The willow wreath that I had put lights on for Christmas, I wired terra cotta pots to it and re-mounted it over a mirror on a porch trellis panel. Can't really plant anything yet for a month but I plan on trying succulents in the pots this summer. In the meanwhile, I can sub some artificial succulents until the time comes to plant. It would also be pretty with crocus bulbs and smaller bulbs for Easter.  Will have to try that next Spring.

Santiago Chile

A crazy first quarter of the year. We decided to celebrate Tim's birthday in Santiago, Chile. We love South America and it's a great place to go for the Winter. We have been in Brazil, Argentina, Peru and now Chile. It was an awesome trip.  Each country is so different. Santiago is still such a hippy town and it's lovely. Had an awesome time. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

My Ladybug

There has been a ladybug floating around my Mother's bedroom and plants and window in her room for a couple weeks.  I watch it while I feed her and talk to her.  I love Ladybugs.  My Mom's nickname is Ladybug.  She had a gold ladybug watch that she wore around her neck for years when I was young. The watch wore out but she kept it in her jewellery box for all these years. I would look in her jewellery box and that ladybug would be sitting there for as long as I can remember. When I moved her back here and I put her jewellery box in her bedroom. I took the ladybug and put it on my bedside table along with some objects of my Dad's too. I have always thought of Ladybugs as these beautiful sweet creatures who were delicate and frail and you had to be so careful of taking care of them and not hurt them. I know of their symbolic nature. I can't help but feel overanxious constantly right now.  For Valentine's day, I made some mini cupcakes and had a ladybug and heart theme. Tim made an amazing lunch - baked ham, green beans and twice baked potatoes to take her for lunch.  I hope it's a nice day.    

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Dongtai Antique Market

I have been to Shanghai many times for work.  It's an amazing city in many ways.  However, one of the things that I don't like about it is that they have destroyed so much of its architectural past in pursuit of industry and the future.  The flea market on Dongtai street used to be one of my favorite things to shop while there. Unfortunately, it has disappeared slowly block by block.  Old residential neighborhoods being torn down for high rise "Transformer" styled buildings. I had a free Sunday and walked over and couldn't believe how much of the market was gone. All of the tables are no longer there and just a handful of shops still open. I love looking for old Transferware while there. I love mixing old and new Ironstone, my Grandmother's blue Spode pattern, my Mother's white on white Noritake and my own blue vintage dishes. I bought a couple pieces - a vase and bowl while there.  I got home and unwrapped them and they look great with our assortment of dishes.  I like things you can use.  They will get a workout with us.


I needed to take a break from posting for awhile. I feel blessed for last year.  However, things got a little too heavy as well. Hippy talk. Starting fresh with the New Year.  Went to Shanghai and got caught in the middle of that terrible snow storm in New York.  After a bad start and a delay of two days, I left for China.  Working with my team in Shanghai.  We had a great time, lots of hard work, lots of great eating.  I discovered what a Hot Pot is and loved it. Awesome hosting by our CFO, Stephen.  I was over there for 3 weeks and got back last weekend.  Came back to snow and more political garbage. Ready to go back to Shanghai.