Creamy Chicken Chili for Carlos

This is Carlos, who is as sweet as the ice cream he loves.  He does love his rich food but sadly it shows on his handsome physique and also in his lab results.  Such a challenge… how can he get those rich flavors without the fat and pesky calories?   Halo Top ice cream deliciously satisfies his sweet fang, and he is now resigned to diet cat food for the duration.

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Pumpkin Patch Chili

…another day, another chili.  Chili #3!  This one is not traditional, but is just as flavorful, hearty and satisfying as it’s old school cousin.  Even better, this version contains both ground turkey and chicken sausage, so it is  low fat and less caloric!

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Shredded pork chili

Chili #2!

Now this is a tasty and satisfying chili!  Pork shoulder, beans, spices and vegetables are  slowly cooked for hours and hours and the resulting deliciousness is thick and sweetly smoky– fantastic for a tailgate menu or a post pumpkin patch dinner.  This recipe is loosely adapted from a great blog called “How sweet it is!”.

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Kicking off Chili week!

Is it even possible to have a favorite chili?  It’s a bit like a vacation dilemma: do I return to the idyllic island where I had the best week of my life or do I open that email about the new winter cruise or — or– or– so many possibilities… And so it is with chili, the old favorites vs. new and appealing recipes or ideas.  I have several of the former and even more of the latter, so this week is hereby declared Frills Chili Week! Read More


Soup on the stove… Ham bone soup

There was a fleeting little tease of spring weather the  other day and it was unexpected and of course wonderful.  But now we are back to bluster, cold, rain and wind, and will have to get our warmth from a pot of soup rather than the sun.  Here is an adaptation of a wonderful recipe from the New York Times a few years ago.  It uses up a leftover ham bone, and is full of fiber, green vegetables and flavor.  The bacon could be eliminated to save fat and calories but it sure does add a wonderful smokiness, and besides a little indulgence can also brighten up a grey day. Read More