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"Cheater" Chicken Chili

Maureen posted this on Facebook and I thought I'd give it a try. I renamed it "Cheater" Chicken Chili because it's not  from scratch. Shh...they'll never know. 

I mixed it up a bit by using sharp cheddar, Fritos, salsa and diced avocados. 
Paired with Nodland Cellars Bebop, a dry riesling. 


Home is the nicest word there is.

White Rock beach. 

I remember...

This is the story of how the poppy came to be known as an internationally recognized symbol of Remembrance.

From its association with poppies flowering in the spring of 1915 on the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli this vivid red flower has become synonymous with great loss of life in war. 
The scope of the poppy and its connection with the memory of those who have died in war has been expanded to help the living as well. Funds continue to be raised to support those in need of help, most especially those suffering from physical and mental hardship as a result of war. In recognition for financial support of any amount a single red poppy pin would be given. In my hometown of Surrey in the lower mainland of British Columbia you would be hard pressed not to know it was on or around Rememberance Day/November 11th as the cheery red bloom would don almost every coat, scarf and sweater.

Similar to the Salvation Army ringing the bell at Christmas, veterans and volunteer…

FALL in love.

Hello November, I'm already FALLin for you.

FALL in love.  I adore the symphony of the autumn leaves as they change into brilliant colors for their big moment. I'm fascinated as they descend from the trees in an almost choreographed succession. I'm especially fond of the leaves that get distracted by the wind and end up in an unplanned destination. They still made it but chose to take the scenic route. Autumn is amazing, Please, hold your applause until the end of the performance. LLR

Spicy Thai Coconut Chicken Soup

TJ Clements went to Thailand. While he was there he took a cooking class and brought me back a cookbook. This recipe for Spicy Thai Coconut Chicken Soup it's from that cookbook and pairs perfectly with Nodland Cellers Bebop Dry Riesling. The coconut milk tames the spice. This soup is my idea of comfort food. 
Cheers & Enjoy! 






Spicy Thai Coconut Chicken Soup RECIPE
2 teaspoons canola oil  1 cup sliced mushrooms  1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper  4 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 (3-inch) stalk lemongrass, halved lengthwise 2 teaspoons sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste) 3 cups Chicken Stock  1 1/4 cups light coconut milk 4 teaspoons fish sauce 1 tablespoon sugar  2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (about 8 ounces)  1/2 cup green onion strips  3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Preparation Hands-on: 25 Minutes Total: 32 Minutes
1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add mushrooms and the next 4 ingred…