I digress. I think that's another sign of adulthood.
Let's chat food. I returned to an oldie but goodie last week. One of the local restaurants in my hometown of Knoxville has a soup that does that whole "warm your soul" thing. A bowl of Calhoun's White Chili will literally transport you to a cozy window seat complete with blanket, roaring fire, window with snow falling outside, and general serenity. At least that's where my mind went as I spooned up this soup for lunch in my window-less workroom at school (a far cry from that cozy window seat). The flavors are great, but what satisfies me most about the chili is its economic value. All ingredients totaled approximately $14.00, and I ate this soup approximately ten times. That's money well spent, particularly for someone who loves leftovers as much as I do. Topped with shredded cheese, fresh cilantro and a dollop of sour cream (I hear that Daisy commercial singing in my head as I type), this bowl of goodness can take you to your own version of a cozy window seat.
The next dish I made this week is a combination of a recipe I found online and the remnants of my pantry. Pinch My Salt is one of the food blogs I follow, and when it posted a savory recipe for sweet potatoes, I knew the destiny of some I had bought the other weekend at my neighborhood's farmer's market. Cumin-scented Sweet Potato Hash seemed like a fun way to use one of my favorite starches. Since the upcoming holiday usually defers to their sweeter side, I was glad to break out the salt grinder. But that's not all I broke out. In an effort to utilize some more items in my pantry and fridge, I added fresh garlic (one clove, minced), a can of black beans (drained and rinsed), a can of diced green chiles, and chopped cilantro. Basically, I wanted to add some protein and use up the rest of my cilantro from the white chili. Mission accomplished. The only other element I think I needed was a good squeeze of fresh lime juice; otherwise, this mish mash was a success.
And before I sign off, allow me to share a bit of my weekend with you.
|The happy couple at another wedding back in August|
|Adrienne and Correy, doing that whole glowing bride thing|
|Correy's bouquet, compliment of David @ Whole Foods in Durham (I have to plug him...he's fantastic!)|