Ground beef chili with beans

Chili…because it’s feeling like fall…most places anyway right?  I’m going to just pretend it feels like fall here in South Texas.  Because it’s November, and I want to be in sweatpants and chili mode all weekend.  Like literally all weekend.  Don’t try and get me to get dressed and leave the house or do basically anything else.  There’s no reason we can’t make that happen  (excuse the 80 degree temps outside).

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Green Chile with Roasted Pork

It’s green chile time!

This past weekend it finally felt like fall.  Like, FINALLY.  There are times that I just love living in South Texas (like January when it’s 75 degrees out and everyone else is buried under some named snowstorm…Jonas anyone??).  But when September hits, and it’s still annoyingly hot, I’m all take me back to the northeast!  They are boasting perfect fall temps almost every day and I am still dripping in sweat if I try and take a walk in the afternoon.  So in October, when fall finally does make its appearance here, I fully embrace it.  This past weekend was it.  The temp had finally dropped overnight so when you wake up in the  morning it’s in the 60’s, and it warms up throughout the day.  Heaven, I tell you.  So, Saturday morning we put on pants and long sleeves and headed outside.  It was glorious.

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Angel Hair Pasta with Sauteed Shrimp in a Light Lemon Cream Sauce

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There’s something about pasta in a creamy sauce that is so.darn.yummy, amIriiight??  This came together quickly and tastes like a restaurant quality meal.  I have this tendency to overcook shrimp – don’t fall into that trap.  It takes, maybe, 2 minutes per side.  As soon as that shrimp starts turning pink – flip it.  Overcooked shrimp is never a good thing. 

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

With Cinco de Mayo coming up, we’re all going to want to eat Mexican food, right?  I know I will!  I’ve always liked Mexican food, but since moving to South Texas 6 years ago, I have a newfound love for it.  We have a lot of Mexican restaurants, and man are they good!  One of my favorite places makes a really good chicken tortilla soup.  I used to order it every time, but…(in case you’re starting to see a trend here) I like when I can duplicate something I loved at a restaurant!  So, after much trial and error, here is my version of chicken tortilla soup.  It’s so good that I don’t even order it out anymore – I mean would you look at this cheesy, flavorful goodness??  You know you want to make it!

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Sausage, Potato and Kale Soup

This soup recipe is too good not to share. I’ve made this one over and over again, because my husband happens to love the Olive Garden version (not because my kale has been taking over my garden all winter!!) Every time I make it, we try and figure out what’s missing, and what could improve it. Well I did it. I think I’ve perfected the sausage, potato and kale soup. Seriously, trust me on this one. Just go home and make it and I promise you won’t regret it!  You want to start by prepping all of your ingredients.  Dice the onions and garlic.  Scrub the potatoes and slice them into 1/4 inch thick slices.  Leave about half of them like that, and the rest, cut in half vertically.
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