Based on a South Beach Phase 1 Recipe, tastes like a Mexican/Latin dish Makes 4-6 servings in 30-40 minutes Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil ½ large red onion, chopped ½ tsp crushed red pepper ½ tsp chili powder 2 tsp minced garlic 2 tsp ground cumin ½ tsp salt, black pepper 4 cups chicken broth 1-2 boneless, skinless, raw chicken breasts 2-3 zucchini, sliced, halved 1 lb frozen chopped kale 1 cup salsa 1 cup V8 (or use more salsa) 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped ¼ cup lime juice (optional) Directions Prep all fresh vegetables. Defrost the chicken. Slice the raw chicken across the narrowRead More →

Note from Andrea: while I’m swamped with adoption stuff, my friend and sometime co-author Cindy Koepp offered to share some recipes with you. Enjoy! Quico Piedra, the star of “Hard Knocks” and Joya’s bratty cousin in “Jewel Among the Stones,”* loves chili rellenos. Here’s a recipe for them… *episodes from Avatars of Web Surfer You’ll need… Big, fat peppers (Anaheim, for example) Cheese (queso asadero or cheddar or monterrey Jack or … whichever you like) ¾ cup flour … plus a bit more 2 eggs 1 tsp baking powder Sour cream or salsa, if desired Big toothpicks Oil for frying   Roast the peppers inRead More →

  This year, I’m recovering from second degree burns and have been rather ill from them all week. Pretty much everything suffered, with my poor, sweet husband having to pick up some of the slack for me. God used a friend I hadn’t seen in forever to get me the meds I needed, and today I have energy for a change, so I took my house down from near total disaster area to only “a little a mess.” I finished the Easter centerpiece I’d been working on in bits and pieces (flowers made from green straws and #2 cone coffee filters soaked in leftover EasterRead More →