Chicken Veggie Soup: W! Style

Okay, people. I’ve been threatening to post this, and now here it is.  It features my and Randy’s favorite ingredient the GARBANZO BEAN.  I’m not sure what this says about us, but I believe Randy like his bean much harder and stiffer than I like mine.  I have to cook this soup for the missus, that [...]

Birthday wishes and memories

Happy Birthday to two of the original 4 bodacious Estate ladies. April brings such astounding, breathtaking gifts each year, but none more special than the two of you. I send love and wishes of joy and laughter to you, beautiful Lannyl, and bask in memories of Becca’s throaty, sensuous laugh, blinding smile and [...]

Chicken with White Beans, Fennel and Rosemary from Randall

I wish I had a dowry cauldron to cook this in, but alas I don’t.  It’s probably best done in a dutch oven, but I don’t own one of those either.  So, I just use my largest saucepan with a lid.  This freezes well, too, for later quick and easy meals.

3 medium carrots, chopped

one large [...]

Chef's Coconut Chicken in White Chocolate Sauce

Chef’s Coconut Chicken in White Chocolate Sauce
2 Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
1 Egg, beaten
Chopped Coconut
Grated Walnuts
3 oz. White Chocolate
1 Teaspoon cognac
1 Tablespoon butter, unsalted
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
Lightly pound the chicken breasts to flatten out slightly and tenderize. Coat with flour and then dip in beaten egg, cover in coconut and nuts. Heat olive oil [...]

Suppressed Desires Turkey Chili

Adapted from the Wholefoods Cookbook Tailgate Chili Recipe

Necessary ingredients:

Swimming Goggles
2 large onions  or 3 small onions
1 red, 1 green, and 1 color of your choice bell pepper (3 bell peppers total — go all green if you feelin’ it)
1.5 habanero peppers or 2 serrano peppers
1 1/2 small red beans, soaked overnight
3 cloves garlic
1 1/2 lb to [...]

Here’s what’s cooking today.  (I posted it to FB a while back, but let’s get it here where it belongs.

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN N DUMPLINS (WeightWatcher’s Friendly – cuz JHud knows from whence she speaks!)

about 8 servings (WW: estimated at 5pts per serving)


1 medium onion, diced

1 pound of chicken breasts

5 Pillsbury Grands Homestyle Reduced Fat [...]

Crockpot Country-Style Beef Short Ribs

I had this in the crock the other day, and the smell of it tortured me all day!

Crockpot Country-Style Beef Short Ribs

1 1/4 lbs. boneless beef short ribs, trimmed of all visible fat

salt and pepper

2 onions, sliced into wedges

1 lb. small whole white potatoes

1 1/2 cups whole baby carrots

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 bay leaf

1 cup low-sodium beef [...]

April Activism

As many of you know, I’m board president of Rude Mechanicals, an ensemble theater company here in Austin. They just got back from Humana Festival at ATL where they performed The Method Gun. One of the company’s programs is a year round performance and visual arts based self-expression and self-esteem building program called Grrl Action. [...]