Chicken and Black Bean Chili

Chicken and Black Bean Chili

In my last post, I mentioned a chili we had with our cornbread.  Well, here it is! 🙂

I love this chili! It’s a nice switch up from your beef chili.  I always like to include sausages or ham steak (plus bone for flavor) in my pot of chili.  I find it gives it texture than just plain old ground meat.  Leftovers are fabulous in nachos or chili macs.  I used mine for nachos.  Sorry! Didn’t get a chance to photograph it.  Chris got too hungry and couldn’t wait. 😉

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Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice

I’m having one of those real lazy days where I want something on the dinner table without having to put a lot of effort into it, or shopping for that matter.  I know, I’m lazy but don’t we all have those days? I don’t want to order take-outs either —ick! After all the eating out, take-out is the last
thing I need.

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Potato Leek Soup with Dill and Bacon

Potato Leek Soup with Dill and Bacon

After a long weekend of eating out, I was relieved to be back in my kitchen cooking my own meals.  I don’t know what it is but it’s really hard for me to constantly be eating out.  I love the idea, but the food just tasted utterly heavy and it weighed me down.  Not to mention how overly and heavily seasoned some of the meals are, I felt disgusted after eating!

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Beef Stew with Caramelized Onions and Amber Lager

Beef Stew with Caramelized Onions and Amber Lager

I hate thieves! Last week, I discovered someone had stolen one of my popular posts and used it as their own content on their website, while generating ad revenues with pop-up ads.  And that’s not the worst part.  The owner of the site pulled in my content using a hidden iframe so people think they’re visiting unihomemaker.com when they’re not.  I mean, how often do people actually pay attention to the URL address they click over? I think this all originated from Pinterest.  I had to file a DMCA complaint with Pinterest and the thief’s web hosting company out in Germany.  Luckily, both parties took action and shut this guy down quickly! Has this happened to anyone before? Care to share your story with me?

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Ground Pork and Preserved Egg Congee (Porridge)

Ground Pork and Preserved Egg Congee (Porridge)

I love dim sum.  My friend Lisa and I meet up once a week or once every other week for lunch at our favorite dim sum spot.  There’s something about dumplings I find very comforting.  Pork and Preserved Egg Congee, also known as Jook or Porridge is a common item you’ll find at a lot of dim sum restaurants.  I used to love ordering this dish but by the time when I’m done eating, I’m already halfway full which doesn’t leave me a lot of room for other dishes.  I now make them at home whenever I have a craving.  It’s usually when I’m under the weather or when the weather is gloomy.  Neither was the case today, I just felt like having something soothing.

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Penne with Chicken Sausage and Crimini Mushrooms

Penne with Chicken Sausage and Crimini Mushrooms

I generally don’t care for cream in my pasta dish, mainly because it’s too rich and heavy.  However, I had some cream I needed to use up so I decided to add it to my pasta.  It was divine! You can’t even tell there’s cream in it.  For a pasta dish with cream, it was rather light.  So if you’re worried about this dish being too rich and heavy, don’t be!

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Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

I love a good stir-fry at home.  What’s not to love? Veggies, pieces of meat, quick, and it doesn’t weigh you down after eating.  I love veggies of all kind but I prefer mine cooked rather than consuming it raw, like a salad.  The only drawback about making stir-fry at home is all that spattering.  Ugh! I hate getting spattered.  I know there are spatter guards out there but I’d rather not add more dishes to wash.  Yes, I’m lazy too, in case you haven’t picked up on that.

I used white chicken meat here, but feel free to use chicken thigh meat if that’s what you’re into.  This dish is still delicious the next day so your lunch is covered. 🙂 Have a great Tuesday!

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Linguini with Shrimp and Olive Tapenade

Linguini with Shrimp and Olive Tapenade

I was over at my neighbor Angela’s house for dinner a few weeks ago and one of the dinner guests brought over some olive tapenade crostini as a starter.  It was so tasty that I went out and got a jar for myself.  I know I could have made it at home but I was lazy (what else is new?).  So instead of making a crostini out of it, I threw it into my dinner.  This pasta dish really has a ton of flavors.  You can easily leave out the shrimp to make it vegetarian friendly.  Leftovers are awesome the next day for lunch! If you’re a fan of olives, you’ll love this.  Enjoy your week.

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Baked Rigatoni with Chicken Sausage

Baked Rigatoni with Chicken Sausage

I’ve been in a pasta mood lately.  Mainly because it can feed a lot of people and it keeps well as leftovers.  When I decided to make this dish, I had my nephew’s palate in mind.  Kimi is out of town and she asked me if I could make additional servings to feed LLJ and LLS.  LLJ is a huge cheese and pasta fan so I thought he might enjoy this one.  I know Chris and I sure did! 🙂 Have a great long weekend everyone!

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Curry Spam Fried Rice

Curry Spam Fried Rice

I usually don’t do a lot of cooking (or baking) when I’m cooking for one.  And yes, it sucks when cooking for one (some may not agree).  I don’t really go all out when I’m cooking for myself but I thought this fried rice recipe was blog worthy to post.  It’s quick, casual and leftovers are great the next day.  I’m so glad Chris is coming home today.  I can cook for two again —yay! Happy Tuesday!

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