Sunday, July 24, 2016

Cozy Crockpot Cajun Chicken and Bean Soup

Welcome, I'm preparing a cozy soup dish today. One of my winter favorites. However, it's very hot right now, 100 degree weather in Utah. I am missing my comfort food of winter.

Crockpot Cajun Chicken and bean soup
1/2 to 1 lb Chicken - Cubed - browned
2 cups Anasazi beans - soaked in water overnight
2 tsp. Cajun spice - using a pestle grind to a fine powder
1/2 onion chopped
1 to 2 Jalapeno chopped
3 med Tomatoes chopped
1 bunch Green onions chopped
1 stalk celery sliced
2 carrots sliced
2 cans Chicken Broth
2 cans water

Cut the chicken into cubes and brown. Place all the veggies, liquid and chicken into the crockpot and place in fridge overnight. Soak the beans overnight. In the morning drain and wash the beans and put them in the soup. Cook on low from 6 to 8 hours or high for 4 to 5 hours. Until the beans are tender.

Cajun spice
1/2 cup Chili powder
1/3 cup Kosher salt
1/4 cup Paprika
1 tsp. White pepper
1 Tbsp. Basil
1 Tbsp. Oregano
1 Tbsp. Black Pepper
1 Tbsp. Coriander
1 tbsp. Onion powder
1 Tsp. Cheyenne pepper
2 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp. Cumin
Mix in a mason jar and shake to mix. Use as needed.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Guest author in the kitchen - Judy Baker AKA Anna Sugg

Quick and Easy Mexican Chicken
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast
cooking spray
1 glove garlic, minced
1/3 cup chopped onions
1 pinch salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 pinch ground cumin (I don't use this)
1 cup salsa
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
Heat a greased skillet to medium. Rub chicken pieces with garlic, salt, pepper and cumin to taste; place in hot skillet. Cook until brown on both sides and no longer pink, 10 to 15 minutes.

Transfer chicken to baking dish, top with salsa, onion, cheese, and bake in oven until cheese is bubbly and starts to brown, 20 minutes


Judy's latest book available is the third book of the Yellow Creek novels: Spirit Catcher
Unexplained visions. An old Cherokee Indian. A dog. And, human bones from the past.

When Charlotte Jane Matheson hangs the ancient Dream Catcher on the wall over her bed, she has weird dreams. Stirred by her dreams, she travels to the small community of Yellow Creek, Tennessee, determined to find out their meaning. While there, she meets an old Cherokee Indian, a dog that suddenly appears out of the dark woods, and a good-looking farmer-wannabe. Then, her dreams stop, but unexplained visions draw her into the past through a circle of light.

The phenomenal images of her mother, who’s been missing for over a decade, has to mean something when she’s led to a cave beyond the Cherokee burial grounds. Is the old Indian a true Cherokee, or a witch? Can he help her understand her visions and their meanings? How is a missing employee connected to her property in Yellow Creek? And, why is the mysterious, farmer-wannabe always in the right place to help when she’s in need? What does he want from her? What does it all mean?

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