Let’s Get Busy…

Haven't said much about my state(s) of mind, so I'll do some quick summaries of random thoughts bouncing around... a. I'm over worked. I love my job... but I'm over worked. b. I'm over extended... on everything. I eat too much. I spend too much. I work too much... and I don't work out enough, and I don't save enough and I don't spend enough time on me. c. I say that even after spending a week in Las Vegas... I'm really happy to have won the RUSA Award for Excellence in Reference…Read more …

Bean and Corn Salad with Tomato Dressing

In an effort to cook and eat lighter, I'm trying to form some slightly healthier recipes. Amongst these is adopted from something my friend served at a party once, but made a wee bit manlier... Ingredients: 1 (ONE) 12 oz can of Black Beans, drained and cleaned 1 (ONE) 8 oz can of Corn (Unsalted)5 or 6 stalks of green onion Lemon Pepper 2 tablespoons of Lime or Lemon Juice "Real" Bacon Bits for Salad Pumpkin Seeds (Spicy) or Raw Pepitas About 1/4 cup of diced Cucumber 1/8 to 1/4 cup of Catalina…Read more …

Tomato Bean Soup

Salt is not an ingredient in this awesome soup. You'll get plenty of salt from some of the included ingredients... Ingredients: 2 15oz cans of beans (white beans) 2 15 oz cans of diced tomatoes (no salt) 1 15 oz can of Peas or Corn (low/no salt) 1 7 oz can of tomato sauce (no salt) 3/4 to 1 box of elbow macaroni (or whatever small pasta you prefer. Ditalini would work well too.) 16 oz of Chicken or Beef Stock (low/no salt) 12 oz of water 3 tablespoons of Frank's Red Hot…Read more …

Kick Ass Chicken Wings

I had not tried to make chicken wings before, but the Super Bowl inspired me to do so... what resulted was so good, I have craved it ever since. I made it again this evening, and it's still a kick in the pants.... which means I should probably share the recipe. The sauce: Texas Pete's Buffalo Sauce - 1/8 cup Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Sauce - 1/8 cup A1 Steak Sauce - 3 Tablespoons Tiger Sauce - 2 tablespoons Honey - 3 Tablespoons Poultry Seasoning - 1 Tablespoon Mix all of the above…Read more …

Apple Cranberry Caramel Crunch Pie

This recipe will make 2 whole pies. Your hardware includes: 2 (TWO) ready made pie crusts. 2 LARGE Honeycrisp Apples (or other SWEET red apple) or 3 Medium Red Sweet Apples 2 1/2 cups of Quick Oats (finely chop 2 1/4 cups into Oat Flour. keep 1/4 cup aside.) 2 sticks of butter (not margarine, but an olive oil butter works well. 2 cups of Truvia Baking Blend (a mix of Stevia and Sugar... 75% less calories) ┬áblended with 1 tablespoon of Molasses (imitates brown sugar) 3/4 to 1 cup of fresh Cranberries…Read more …

Brutal Pickles

Instructions for making one jar of Brutal Pickles. This mixture should fill at least 3 small 8oz Pickling Jars and at least 2 16 oz pint jars. To fill 3 jars, you will need at least 4 or 5 Medium sized Cucumbers sliced into 1/4" thick slices or spears. Liquids for Boiling: 2 cups of Pickling or White Vinegar 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar 3 cups of cold water 2 Tablespoons of Pickling Salt 2 Tablespoons of Penzey's Pickling Spice In Each Jar: 1 tablespoon of Pickling Salt 2 teaspoons of Allspice…Read more …

Geek Lemon Rice Soup with Mushrooms

Ingredients: 4 cups of chicken broth 1/2 lb to 3/4 lb of Diced Chicken Thighs 1/2 tablespoon of Olive Oil 3/4 cup of Minute Rice 3 eggs 1/8 to 1/4 cup of lemon juice (more or less to flavor) 1 teaspoon of salt 1 teaspoon of black pepper 1/4 Cup of Diced Carrots 1/4 Cup of Diced Celery 5 Medium Button Mushrooms, Quartered and Sliced Use a nice soup pot, place the Olive Oil and Diced Chicken thighs. Cook until the chicken is no longer pink. Add in the Carrots and Celery. Cook…Read more …

Sloppy Joes (Healthy!)

INGREDIENTS: 2 cans of Campbell's Healthy Request Tomato Soup 1 lb of 99% Fat Free Ground Turkey (Jennie's or other) 1 small or 1/2 medium onion, diced 1 medium Green or Red Pepper, diced 1/2 to 3/4 cup of diced mushrooms (button mushroom, stem and all) 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire Sauce 1 teaspoon of cumin Black Pepper and salt to taste (careful with the pepper... it can overpower the mixture) DIRECTIONS: In a frying pan, combine the ground turkey and olive oil at medium heat. Add a little…Read more …

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Ingredients 1.5 lbs of deboned chicken thighs or 1.5 lbs of CHicken Breast 1 tablespoon of Paprika (smoked or spicy) 1 tablespoon of Chili seasoning 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 (15 to 20 ounce) jar of fresh salsa 1 (4 oz) can of chopped green chiles 1 medium onion, diced 1 (10 oz) bag of Frozen Corn (or 1 can (15 oz) of corn) 2 tablespoons minced garlic 1 roasted and peeled jalapeno, finely diced 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes 1 (14.5-ounce) can black beans, rinsed…Read more …

Spoo’s Beer Cheese Soup

Ingredients 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup) 1/2 chopped medium sized onion 1 leek (cleaned, chopped and diced) 1/2 cup chopped carrot 1/2 cup chopped celery 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 cups chicken broth 1 (12-ounce) beer of choice (Sam Adam's Irish Red or Killian's work very well) 6 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, shredded 6 ounces processed Swiss cheese, shredded 6 ounces processed Pepper Jack, shredded 2 cups half-and-half 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 lb of diced Canadian Bacon (lower fat option)…Read more …