Monday, September 13, 2010

A Chili in the Air..

summer wanes. cool nights. windows open. apples. pumpkins. pies. drives in the mountains. apple cider. tailgating. state fairs. autumn colors. mums.

chowders. stews. planting the winter garden. collard greens, kale, turnip greens, mustard greens, lettuce, parsley. raking leaves.


I think it's time for some chili.

White Chicken Chili

2 TBS. Olive Oil
1 medium Vidalia onion, diced
2 jalapeno peppers, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 can diced green chiles
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup tomatillo sauce
3 cups chicken stock
3 cups diced cooked chicken
2 TBS. cumin
1 can cannelini beans, drained and rinsed
1 can white hominy (Maiz Pozolero), drained and rinsed
Juice of 1 lime

In a Dutch Oven, saute onion, pepper, mushrooms and garlic in olive oil until onions are translucent. Add green chiles and cilantro and stir to blend. Add Tomatillo sauce, chicken stock and cumin. Stir well and add cooked chicken. Add beans and hominy and lime juice. Stir and simmer for one to two hours. Serve garnished with avocado, roasted red peppers and cilantro.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Read All About It!

It started with a gift. "Life Is A Verb", a book, a birthday gift from my dear friend, Donna. Oddly, in it's relation to 37 days, I had little more than 37 days to become one of the many unemployed. As I plunged headfirst into a world I knew little of, I grasped at every thread to find, remold, educate and express myself to move onward and upward.

I found that giving of my talents and energy to good causes has been a life raft amidst the flood of Bureaucratic BS, my being a small fish in an ocean of others searching for their next landing as well.

"Life Is A Verb" is a captivating and inspiring book by writer, Patti Digh from Asheville NC. When I learned last summer that Patti was composing a new book, I signed on to contribute an illustration. A most Happy Moment came for me in being accepted as one of the artists from around the world whose work would go to print. Another most Happy Moment was to receive my copy of the finished product, "Four Word Self Help". It is available to you September 1, 2010. I urge each and all to explore the concept of these simple yet deeply meaningful thoughts composed by someone who, in my book, is a very wise woman.

Read Book Be Enlightened

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday little man...he is the forerunner for our family in this millennium. He is the inspiration for all the story telling that started here in Claude's Cove.
He is one very special boy.