Chili Chicken Soup

This is the last of the bag of fresh noodles I opened the other day for the stir fry.  Some of the noodles were stuck together.  The stir fried batch was the same.  I think the noodles were not as fresh as they could have been, but the problem may have been on my end.  I froze them all right away and only partially thawed the bag I opened before hacking the bundle in two.


Chili Chicken Lo Mein

Lo mein is a favorite around here, it’s a quick stir fry and a good place for me to put chili oil which I love love love.  I made this particular dish to try out some fresh lo mein noodles we bought at the Asian foods store when we were last there.Spaghetti noodles don’t quite make the grade.  These were pretty good.  They need to par-boil for a few minutes before they are added to the stir fry.  I pulled them from the water with a spider and dropped them into the chicken and veggies after a moment to drain.We grabbed a few packets of the dried variety while there.  These look perfect for chicken noodle soup.

Pinto Beans

They don’t really need soaking overnight.  A long, slow simmer will get the job done.  These were simmered with garlic sausages.  The sausages went in whole and were fished out to cool a bit then sliced and returned to the pot.


I gathered ripe habaneros for more of that delicious fruity sauce.  I will seal and freeze some and keep the remainder out for another batch as soon as I can get to the store for more juice.Nothing notable about this meal.  I did add some mild curry powder to the rub as an afterthought before popping them into the oven.  It would have been much better to make a marinade of it with some oil.Did I mention that the refrigerator/freezer that was installed for the kitchen remodel quit?  We had a  GE dispatched tech over twice, once to tell me that yes, it was not cooling and the second time to add some coolant gas.  There was some back and forth via texts and emails with the customer rep.  They decided to replace the fridge with a brand spanking new one.
The men delivering the new one carried it through the door by means of straps under the unit – blew my mind.  I had never seen the like.  Ingenious method.I made enough cheese sauce and steak to have another go at it.  The pickled peppers were good, again.  I will make another batch when some of them turn red.I toasted a couple of flour tortillas for tacos the other day.  I had some hot Italian sausage to use up so that became the meat layer.  I browned it in a skillet with jalapenos and onions with a goodly sprinkle of taco seasoning and it was very good.  Also in the taco were refried beans, shredded cheeses, salsa, and fresh tomatoes.Ollie is doing the kitteh safety scan before entering through the open window from the roof outside.  Bitsy will let him go first, just in case he misses the kitteh eating monster that may be lurking within.


Here’s Ollie, stalking through some tall grass.Another sous vide flat iron steak with chimichurri.  We’re liking the chimichurri quite a lot.  This one has red jalapenos for a little color.  Our recipe deletes the cilantro in favor of parsley and fresh oregano.  On the side are stir-fried green beans and hash browned potatoes.

Kroger makes better fried chicken than KFC.  The habanero dipping sauce is just killer.InstaPot country ribs with sauerkraut, carrots and potatoes.  I used the meat setting and did a natural release. The carrots held their shape but were a tad mushy.Cheese steak sammich.  I made the sauce using the sodium citrate/water method.  One cup of water with one teaspoon of the citrate brought to a simmer with shredded cheddar whisked in.  I didn’t use the stick blender and it was fine despite leaving little lumps of cheese.  I saw no downside to that.I’ll leave you with a Tiger Swallowtail on Lantana with a backdrop of Black-eyed Susans.