Eating is a necessity. However, we choose what to eat. The choices we make reveal a great deal about us. The food you eat can tell quite a bit about your heritage, your family, your fears, your sense of adventure, your attitude toward yourself and others, and a myriad of other personal tidbits to anyone paying attention. Everything about eating is a glimpse into your soul.

I hope to reveal a little bit about myself to you through my food. I enjoy cooking. I enjoy eating. I find pleasure in bringing pleasure to others. I hope that by sharing my recipes I bring you a little bit of joy.

Cook my food. Feed it to the people you love.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Chicken Enchilda Soup

I stumbled upon this soup by accident. I was trying to make chicken and dumplings. Someone told me that you could cut flour tortillas into strips and use them instead of dumplings. Ummm, no you can’t.

The tortillas didn’t add the necessary starch to the broth and therefore it didn’t thicken. I saved the soup by going with the tortillas' Mexican theme. I added cumin and went for it.  That first batch wasn’t the best, but over the years I have perfected it.

This soup is the best. The weather lately has been perfect for soup. When making this soup, you can use rotisserie chicken, leftovers, canned chicken (should be your last choice) or you can make it fresh. I roasted and shredded three skinless, boneless chicken thighs that I had covered in cumin and smoked paprika.

Servings: 6-8
Time:   Prep: 10 minutes; Cook: 30-40 minutes
Hardware:  Measuring spoons and cups, a cutting board and knives, no-powder latex gloves, a large soup pot, a baking sheet, non-stick foil, a whisk, and a wooden spoon


  • ½ pound tomatoes
  • 1 large bell pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • 1 ½ pounds cooked shredded chicken
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 4-6 inch flour tortillas
  • Salt

 Garnish:  Shredded cheddar cheese, Frito chips, crunchy tortilla strips (can be found with croutons), sour cream, hot sauce
  1.  Cover the baking sheet in foil, non-stick side up. Pre-heat the oven to 350˚.
  2. Slice and seed the tomatoes. Cut the bell pepper into long thin strips, removing the seeds and white ribs. Slice the onion into rings. Put on the gloves and seed and chop the jalapeño. Peel and chop the garlic.
  3. Spread the veggies out on the prepared baking sheet and salt generously. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until the tops of the peppers are charred. Don’t worry about the char.
    Soup full of veggies
  4.  Melt the butter in the soup pot over medium. Add the flour, chili powder, cumin and tomato paste. Stir until all the lumps are gone. Cook and whisk for about 3 minutes.
  5. Slowly add the stock and water, stirring the whole time. Bring to a low boil.
  6. Add the cilantro, shredded chicken and veggies. Allow it to simmer while you are preparing the tortillas.
  7. Cut the tortillas into long, one inch wide strips. Then turn the tortillas and cut them the other way a little wider. You want most tortillas pieces to be a little bigger than the bowl of a spoon.
  8. Add the tortillas a few at a time to the boiling soup. Stir so that they separate. After adding the last of the tortillas, simmer the soup for about 10 more minutes.Taste and adjust the salt.

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Offer your guests shredded cheddar cheese, Frito chips, crunchy tortilla strips, sour cream, and hot sauce. Serve with corn bread.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Red Sauce with Olives and Mushrooms

Red Sauce with Olives and Mushrooms

I have created 290 original recipes. Not really an easy task. So, I bumped up against a creative wall. Nothing new would come to me. I asked my friends for help and their suggestions invigorated my imagination.

The first of my new recipes is a Red Sauce with Olives and Mushrooms. This vegetarian dish is wonderfully filling. Make sure to use a variety of mushrooms and olives. Variety adds depth. Buy fresh mushrooms. I used button, Portobello, and oyster mushrooms. Try to find an olive bar to get the best olives possible. Use fresh herbs for the richest sauce.

Boil the pasta until it is a bit firmer than  al dente and toss it in the sauce to finish. The pasta will absorb the sauce.

Servings: 6-8
Hardware:  A cutting board and knives, measuring spoons and cups, a large pot with a heavy bottom, a wooden spoon, a can opener
Time:  Prep:  10 minutes    Cooking: 1 hour


  • Olive oil for the bottom of the pan
  • 1 shallot (¼ cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled, diced
  • 1 fire roasted red pepper (1 cup)
  • 1 pound mixed mushrooms
  • ½ pound mixed, pitted olives
  • 1 pound tomatoes
  • ½ cup artichoke hearts
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • ½ cup shredded basil
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • Salt
  • Long, thick pasta (vermicelli, fettuccine, spaghetti, linguine)

  1.   Dice the shallot and garlic.  Wash and cut the mushrooms into thick slices. Roughly chop the olives. Chop the tomatoes and red pepper. Set everything aside.
  2. Add the olive oil to the pot and heat over medium. Add the garlic and shallots and sweat for 2 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  3. Add the mushrooms and salt generously.  Cook for about 8-10 minutes or until the mushrooms begin to liquefy.
  4. Add everything else and bring to a boil. Taste and adjust the salt. Turn the sauce down and simmer for about 30-40 minutes.
  5. Serve over your favorite pasta.