Chicken Chili

This recipe fills you twice – once with the aroma in the kitchen and then for dinner.  The flavor, thanks to the spices and chocolate make this my favorite chicken chili.

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 c chopped onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 minced jalapeno
  • 2 tbsp chili pepper (Chimayo is my favorite)
  • 4 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 c broth
  • 28 oz canned or fresh tomatoes
  • 2 c cooked or canned garbonzo beans
  • 1 1/2 chopped red pepper
  • 3 c cooked chopped chicken
  • 1/2 oz grated unsweetened chocolate

Saute the onions and garlic in oil until golden.  Stir in spices, broth and tomatoes and cook for an hour.  Add the garbonzos, red pepper, chicken and grated chocolate.  Simmer another half hour.  Serve in tortillas placed in a bowl and top with avocado, sour cream  or  shredded cheese.

A Very Special Hat


This hat “appeared” back into my life last week. It is a very special hat.

I made this Icelandic wool hat for my husband more than thirty years ago and later gave it to my son in memory of his dad.  I made five  similar hats after admirers requested one.  My favorite comment was from a friend  who exclaimed as we watched my husband ski moguls with his hat tassle jumping with each turn: “I want a hat with a tassel!  I want a hat with a tassel!”  My brother wore his hat last year on a backpacking trip we took in the Sawtooth Wilderness of Idaho.  This is a hat with very special memories.

Here is a reconstruction of the pattern, it is a very warm, easy and a quick hat to knit.  My apologies for the cryptic instructions, it is a starting point for my seventh hat with this pattern:

Cast on 60 stitches on double-pointed needles, sized to get 4 stitches per inch.  K1P1 for six rounds to make ribbing. Knit 2 rows of main color and knit following the pattern using three colors as shown in photo (to get you started: K3 dark, knit 1 light for 2 rows etc).  After 26 rows of pattern begin K2tog every 6 stitches until (about?) 10 stitches remain.  Knit 4 decreasing rounds and then K2tog a round or two and secure  the yarn through the end.   Make a tassel by cutting 10-8 inch pieces of yarn and then braiding a tassel rope by first attaching it through the point of the hat.  I will update the pattern when I complete number seven someday.

So ends the pattern to remake a hat with very good karma.

If You Carrot All…

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…and I do!  Sad to say but I used the last of my garden carrots today.     Last summer I grew rainbow carrots – the purple, red, orange and yellow and parsnip white are so beautiful!  Short of a rainbow, slice organic carrots and coat them with olive oil, rosemary and a little sea salt. Roast in the oven at 450F or on the grill until they are tender (about 10-15 minutes.)  Add to stews, serve over fish or to my surprise they taste delightful with scrambled eggs.  Any root vegetable tastes great this way. – so simple, so good!

Spicey Slaw

photo courtesy of Lesley Houchin Miller

photo courtesy of Lesley Houchin Miller

This coleslaw will change everything you ever thought about coleslaw – it is the BEST EVER!

1 red cabbage, finely shredded

3 c Napa cabbage, finely shredded

2 carrots. shredded

1 red pepper, thinly sliced

6 green onion, thinly sliced

1/2 c red onion, finely sliced

1 c chopped cilantro

1 tart apple shredded

1 c greek yogurt

3 tbsp honey

2 tsp Shiracha or other hot sauce

3+ tbsp lime juice

1 c cashews

Salt and pepper

Toss all veggies in large bowl.  In a smaller bowl wisk yogurt, honey, hot sauce and lime juice.  Coat veggies with dressing and top with cashews.


Creating Happiness

This good advice is from week one of the Chopra Center Happiness Series:

As we begin our exploration of happiness, it’s important to understand how we define what happiness is. As many Eastern wisdom traditions teach, there are two types of happiness. The first kind of happiness comes from things turning out the way we’d like them to. This is known as happiness for a reason. We say, “I’m happy because I have a family and friends,” or “I’m happy because I got a promotion,” or “I’m happy because I’m going on vacation,” and so on. This kind of happiness is inherently fleeting because it depends on external reasons that can be taken away from us at any time. Although we tend to avoid thinking about it, we can lose our home, our job, our savings, our health, and our loved ones at any time. These are temporary, external sources of happiness that come and go like a passing breeze.

The second type of happiness, in contrast, is an internal state of consciousness that allows us to be happy for no reason at all. It is independent of the circumstances, events, people, and things in our lives. This happiness comes from the realization that our true self isn’t our body, thoughts, emotions, personality, possessions, accomplishments, relationships, or any other time-bound attribute. Our essential nature is pure, unbounded consciousness, also known as the field of all possibilities. The attributes of this field include happiness, love, timelessness, compassion, creativity, wisdom, silence, and grace.”