Chicken Tortilla Soup

I love soup. Done right, it can be a complete meal and is the ultimate comfort food on cold winter days. One of my favorite soups - both to make and consume - is chicken tortilla. The chicken stock base in my version comes through just enough to be slightly reminiscent of chicken noodle, but the spices and addition of diced ...

Santa Fe

Part of my job involves election work and overwork combined with bitter disappointment about the results of the presidential race led to the need for an impromptu road trip right before Thanksgiving. Since traveling for J involves quite a bit of prep and bringing at least one attendant with us, he opted to sit this one out and ...

Gratitude

“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus." Stephen Hawking from a New York Times Magazine interview appearing on December 12, 2004   I feel like gratitude has become such a cliche buzzword these days, but I also believe that it is an essential part of a happy ...

What I Read in June

I love to read, but before I had my current job, I regularly worked 60 hour weeks and that didn't leave a lot of time for reading anything that wasn't work related. When I started the job I have now a year and a half ago, I made a promise to myself that I would read 3-4 books a month. It doesn't always happen, but setting that ...

Recipe: Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

One of my favorite, easy (and potentially healthy) dinners is stuffed mushroom caps and one we have almost every time Costco or our local Sprouts has portabello caps in stock. You can be creative with the inner stuffing ingredients, and I tend to use whatever we have on hand at the moment. This batch is filled with spinach, ...