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October 2015


Cooking Club–Chunky Chicken Chili

I had such a good time last night at my friend Courtney’s Cooking Club.  This is our second time getting together, and it’s nice to get to know everyone a little bit better, as going in I only knew Courtney.

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It was tough eating and cooking in these conditions, but we made due. Ha!  Courtney’s house is so beautiful – if anyone in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago needs help with designing or decorating, let me know and I’ll pass her info on to you.

Julie was our cooking demonstrator for the night and made a chunky chicken chili, which was unlike any other chicken chili I’ve ever had and it was delicious.  So spicy flavorful!  But first we started out with Fall Sangria and appetizers – my mini pretzel bowls with cheddar cheese soup and Courtney’s Mom made bacon, tomato avocado lettuce wraps.  I was really happy with how my appetizer turned out – we actually didn’t even need the tiny spoons, because after they sat for just a bit, some of the soup got absorbed into the pretzel roll and you could just pop it in your mouth – delicious at room temp too!

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She walked us through the recipe – she’s gluten free so she tossed the chicken in gluten free flour, but other than that, she followed the recipe below.  Although she says she does “eyeball” the recipe – if it seems too thick she’ll add some more chicken broth.  This is a great make ahead recipe too because it would freeze well!  Can you see all that peppery spicy goodness?!

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Chunky Chicken Chili
Serves 10
A flavorful spicy chicken chili like you've never had before.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
509 calories
20 g
159 g
30 g
39 g
17 g
291 g
1151 g
2 g
0 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 509
Calories from Fat 267
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g
Saturated Fat 17g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 159mg
Sodium 1151mg
Total Carbohydrates 20g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 2g
Protein 39g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 stick butter
  2. 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced pretty small
  3. 1/4 cup flour
  4. 1 cup diced onion
  5. 1/4 cup red pepper, diced
  6. 1/4 cup green pepper, diced
  7. 2 cups chicken stock
  8. 1 cup heavy cream
  9. 2 tablespoons chili powder
  10. 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  11. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  12. 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  13. 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
  14. 1 tablespoon salt
  15. 2 (14.5) ounce cans cannelli beans, drained
  16. 2 (4 oz) cans mild green chiles
  17. 1/2 cup sour cream
  18. 1.5 cups grated cheddar cheese for garnish
  19. 3 tablespoons chopped parsley, for garnish
  1. In a large Dutch oven, melt the butter.  Toss the chicken in and cook until slightly browned and cooked through.  Remove chicken to a large bowl and set aside.  Using the same pot, stir in the flour.  Stir in the onions and peppers.  Add the chicken stock and deglaze the pan and stir in the heavy cream.  Lower heat and cook until the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.  Once the sauce has thickened, add all the seasonings (chili powder through salt).  Stir and cook for a few minutes.  Add in the beans, chiles and chicken and simmer for another 6-8 minutes.  At the very end, stir in the sour cream.  Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with cheddar cheese and parsley.
  1. Serve with sweet cornbread to offset the spice of this chili.
My Bizzy Kitchen
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Ha, I just noticed that my insulin pen was right next to my plate – klassy!  All the food was delicious.  Tina (another food blogger!) made a crusted butternut squash and pine nut dish that was amazing – I told her I had never eaten butternut squash by itself, I’ve had it in chili, etc., but it was delish.  Lindsay made a healthier version of Chicken Divan using quinoa – again super delicious.  And Catherine made an almost cake like corn bread that was melt in your mouth delicious.  And last, but not least, Mary Beth made Pioneer Woman’s Knock you Naked Brownies.  I brought that home and Hannah and Jacob gave it two giant big thumbs up.

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What an enjoyable evening.  I love how food brings people together and it doesn’t matter if you’ve just met or known each other for years – our love of food makes us instant friends, and I thank Courtney for including me in this Cooking Club.  Looking forward to #3 in December!

Alright, I guess I have to get ready for work.  Is it 5:00 yet?!  Make it a great day!


Party Pizza Wednesday

You guys, I am am falling more in love with this puppy every day.  He went to the vet yesterday for his first check up – he has a bit of a yeast infection in his ears, which I guess is common for dogs with ears that stick up.  So the kids had to put drops in his ears last night – he looked so pitiful!  All I like to do with him is snuggle with him.

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And when I got home from work last night, Hannah was emptying the dish washer with Roman in a Baby Bjorn!

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Breakfast was an English muffin breakfast panini – although I forgot to put any cheese on it.  I know, I can hardly believe it myself!

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I got to the gym again at lunch and did another 2 mile run, and it felt really good!

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I got this cute top at Goodwill – it was in the .99 cent bin!

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Lunch was more leftover rotisserie chicken from Walmart that I made into tostadas.  The salsa on top is the dried guajillo pepper salsa from Bon Appetit magazine.  So smoky and spicy!

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I had pizza dough in the fridge so it was Party Pizza Wednesday.   I sometimes just make my no rise dough (2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon yeast, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 cup of water) and throw it in a ziploc bag to have later in the week.  I think the longer it sits in the fridge the better the dough tastes.  Hannah made a stuffed crust pizza with string cheese in the crust.  And added onions.  Of course.

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I ended up making a sausage, pepperoni and fresh giardiniera pizza – I got the giardiniera off the olive bar at Heinen’s grocery store – so spicy good.

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I can’t remember if I told you guys or not, but two of the light fixtures that my friend gave me – one in the living room and one for my bedroom – well when I had an electrician install them, um, turns out neither light fixture went to a light switch.  Both the fixtures before were fans with lights in them that Tony installed, and were controlled by remote control.  So the electrician came back yesterday to bring my electric up to code and installed dimmer switches in the living room and my bedroom.  Guess what the electricians name was??!  TONY!  He did an excellent job, and even upgraded what I asked for because he said I’d been through so much.  He was actually here the day the floor was being installed so the place looked like a huge mess.  When he walked in yesterday morning he literally said “Holy fuck” apologized for cursing, but said “if you weren’t standing here, I wouldn’t believe I was in the same house!”

So the other Tony – the window guy?  I asked for an estimate to replace three windows in my living room and one window in each bedroom.  I got the estimate last night:  $4,950.  Um, no way.  They may be Pella windows, but unless these windows can pour me a glass of wine, I am going to get another estimate.  I really only need to change the two bedroom windows before winter, so I may opt to just do those and call it a day.  Am I right that it seems like nearly $1000 a window is a lot of money for windows??!!

I will leave you with Roman’s Halloween costume – Eeyore!

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I have my Cooking Club tonight at Courtney’s house.  It’s a fall menu and I was asked to bring an appetizer.   As soon as I saw Jessica’s cheese soup in mini pretzel bread bowls, I knew that’s what I was going to make.  I did a dry run last weekend to make sure it would turn out.  And the answer to that is a resounding yes.  I am borrowing tiny spoons from Hannah’s work, although you could just sip the soup out of the pretzel bowl before eating it.  How cute are these??!!

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Glad it’s Thursday already – bring on the weekend!  Make it a great day!


It’s Kind of Like When Your Baby Starts To Walk

This is going to be a quick post because I am already at work, but luckily I type 140+ words a minute so no worries!  So the first full night having the new puppy at home, both Hannah and Jacob had to work.  Hannah asked me to let the dog out when I got home, because he’d already be alone about an hour by then.  They are getting a crate, but for now, they put a dog bed in their closet and put the baby gate up.


Right after I let Roman out, the window guy game.  While I was able to get stock windows for the front of the house from Home Depot – the rest of the windows are odd ball sizes and have to be custom.  I am still going with a plain double hung, but while the new windows are framed in black, all the other windows will be framed in white to match the baseboards.  So guess what the guys name was from the window company?  TONY!  He measured the three windows in the living room and two bedroom windows and off he went.  I’ll get a quote tonight and hopefully won’t pass out with the estimate.

So around 6:30 I decided to put Roman back in the closet so I can make dinner.  Just as I was about to drain my pasta, I look down and Roman somehow climbed out of the closet and was at my feet, and well, wanted to be picked up.  So I held him for a while, and then decided to put him down to see if I could continue to make dinner.  Um, that would be no.  It reminded me of when Hannah first started to walk around 11 months.  I couldn’t just let her roam around unsupervised, and the same went for Roman.  He can’t do stairs yet, so I had to block him off from the back stairs, he made it about three feet into the dining room and started to pee (NO!) but I picked him up just in time and he peed on the kitchen tile.  Whew.  

It was at that point that I decided just to sit down and have the dog lay on me.  Up until this point, Rummy and Roman are merely tolerating each other – they smell each other and one goes one way and the other goes a different direction.  But as soon as I sat down on my old comfy chair, Rummy got under the covers and Roman was on top.  So they were laying next to each other basically and didn’t seem to mind.

Then Rummy got too hot under the covers and sat next to Roman.  They laid like this for a good hour.

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How cute is that??!!  But I was very happy when both kids got home at 8:30 and I could hand over the “baby” and finally make dinner, which we ate at 9:00 p.m. 😀

It’s another dreary day today so I will hit up the gym at lunch.  I actually ran two miles yesterday!  It’s the first time I’ve run that far since I got bronchitis in early September.  I did it in 25:45 – so around a 13:00 minute mile – not too bad considering its been nearly two months since I ran last.

Alright, have to get back to work – quickest 3 minute post of my life!   Make it a great day!