Quick & Easy Cold-Weather Recipe

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It’s been a pretty exciting day – what with buying a new bed frame for the guest room, buzzing Ben’s hair, AND seeing Breaking Dawn Part 1 again! ;)

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A friend asked if I wanted to go and there was no arm twisting needed.

KRISTEN STEWART and ROBERT PATTINSON star in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN-PART 1    Ph: Andrew Cooper, SMPSP  © 2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC.  All rights reserved. twilight-breaking-dawn1-06

I’m still appalled that we have to wait until next November to see part 2, but until then, I’ll always have my books.

Yeeah, straight re-reading the series to tide me over – for a few weeks, anyways. Although I’m skipping the first book since I’ve seen the corresponding movie about 14 times on FX over the past two weeks. I realize this all makes me sound slightly deranged. Oh well. :)

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We went to an early afternoon movie, so I whipped up a big, bubbling pot of Chili Verde for dinner when I got home.

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Sundays have been screaming soup! lately. :)

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This is one of my favorite cold-weather recipes to make because not only is it ready in 30 minutes, but it’s got a warmth and spice that few other chilies or soups have.

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Start by sauteing onions in vegetable oil, then add in smoky cumin and yummy garlic.

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OMG the first thing I saw when I opened the spice cupboard to grab the cumin was the dill weed which, for some reason, made me laugh for legit 5 minutes. Dill weed!

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Uh, anyways – there’s three kind of heat in my Chili Verde. Mild from diced green chilies, tangy from green Tabasco sauce,

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and spicy from fire roasted jalapenos.

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I usually use pickled jalapenos in this recipe, but I saw these at the store today and decided to give them a whirl.

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Simmer the chilies with chicken broth, more spices and chopped chicken before adding a slurry of milk and cornmeal to thicken the whole thing up.

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Like I said, you’ll be ready to eat in just 30 minutes! :)

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One of the other reasons why I love this chili is because it doesn’t really need anything extra. Sure, a cooling dollop of sour cream, or sprinkle of shredded jack cheese on top would be nice, but it doesn’t really need it.

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Each thick and hearty bite is bursting with flavor, all on its own!

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Click here for the full recipe!

In other news, after taking a brief hiatus from the gym over the past week or so, I am excited to jump back in tomorrow with a holiday workout challenge in tow. I’ll explain more tomorrow, but it should be fun (?)! ;)

Have a great night! :)

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What’s the last movie you saw or rented? Would you recommend it?

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