summer time and the chili is easy

reason #13782943712983 why i love slow cookers: you can leave the food in and walk away.

and on a day like today i most certainly needed that. we are in the process of moving- and by in the process i mean we moved out of our old place but are stuck living out of boxes while we wait till our new place is done- so on top of my already insane schedule i’m forced to cook in someone else’s kitchen using someone else’s kitchen kitchen appliances and taking pictures with my camera phone or computer because my camera charger and picture uploader are hiding somewhere in one of those boxes. [that’s my apology for the less than stellar photographs to come. just in case you didn’t quite catch that.]

add to that, there were WAY too many tomatoes in my house after someone from church handed me a bag full of freshly picked garden tomatoes. i mean, who can say no to straight out of the garden ingredients?

suffice to say, this slow cooker summer chicken chili recipe  was exactly what i needed. the ingredients were easy to get:


  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 10 ounces frozen corn
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed(unless you like it hot. i removed mine because some of the people eating don’t like spicy foods), finely diced
  • 2 pounds tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 large, boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound total)
  • optional, cooked rice to eat it with.

also, it didn’t require a lot of work on my end. i just put it in, set the timer, and did what i had to do until dinner time:


  1. Combine all ingredients except for the chicken breasts in the basin of a large slow cooker.
  2. Place chicken breasts on top and close slow cooker.
  3. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10. [i usually prefer to cook my food on low but due to time constraints i cooked mine on high for 5 1/2 hours then did step 4 and cooked it on low for another half hour.]
  4. 30 minutes before serving, remove chicken and shred using two forks. Return to chili and stir well.

final verdict: the chili was a definite hit. everyone loved it. and it was incredibly easy to make. i’ll definitely be using it again. unfortunatley i was unable to get a good picture because there wasn’t much left when i got back upstairs from puting my son to sleep. sidenote, when you cook always put a little aside for yourself or you might find yourself missing out on your own cooking. i’m finding more and more that this is becoming a necessity.

bon appetit! xoxo, muki


homemade pizza [sort-of]

for a while now i’ve been loving homemade pizza of all kinds [from store-bought ingredients to totally from scratch.] today i was feeling somewhat lazy so i bought my favorite pre-made dough from my favorite store, mozzarella, red onion, chicken, green pepper, mushrooms,  a freshly picked tomato, and (to try something a little different) a new pizza sauce:

two words: great success!

while it wasn’t the prettiest pizza i’ve ever made, it sure smelled/tasted delicious. i went downstairs looking for my camera before i remembered that the battery is somewhere in one of the many yet to be unpacked boxes lying around this house [moving sucks!]. by the time i got back a slice was already gone. so the following is a poor excuse for a picture but considering the poor lighting and the fact that it’s a camera phone i think its pretty darn good:

like i said, not a great picture but a delicious pizza!

so if you’re stumped on pizza toppings, try that combination. you won’t be disappointed.

bon appetit! xoxo, muki

the “greatest waffle recipe ever?”

i didn’t grow up in a house where we made a lot of waffles. we were are crepe people. but i decided today to make waffles for breakfast. so in true 21st century fashion i googled a recipe and happened to find the so-called “greatest waffle recipe ever.” the ingredient list was short, just the way i like it:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 egg whites
step 1
in a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. make a well in the center.
step 2
in another bowl beat egg yolks slightly. stir in milk and oil.
step 3
add egg yolk mixture all at once to the dry mixture. stir just till moistened (should be lumpy).
step 4
in a small bowl beat egg whites until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight up).
[note: if you have no arm strength, USE A MIXER.]
step 5
gently fold egg whites into flour and egg yolk mixture, leaving a few fluffs of egg white, Do not overmix.
step 6
spoon waffle batter into your waffle iron, making sure not to overfill it.
[i was feeling a bit nostalgic so i used my mickey mouse waffle iron.]
step 7

final verdict: the waffles were delicious. crisp on the outside, moist and tender on the inside. best waffles ever? i still don’t know about all that. but boy were they yummy! try it and let me know what you think.
bon appetit! xoxo, muki

my silver moon affair

from the moment i laid eyes on the cheerfully painted door i knew i was going to love silver i walked into new hampshire’s first crêperie i knew i was right. the handwritten menus, the cheerful yellow and the smiling faces of theresa and chris (the owners), everything about the place was so friendly and welcoming. but as wonderful as all that is it’s just icing on the cake. what will truly blow your mind is the amazing taste and presentation of all the deliciousness silver moon has to offer. some personal favorites include the tres leches and the egg, swiss & mushroom. i’ve literally had to stop myself from taking the short walk there everyday for the sake of my wallet [as inexpensive as they are i can never stop at just one] and more importantly, my waistline. suffice to say i’ve got a serious jones for silver moon. the next time you find yourself in the area and you’re looking for good eats make sure this is on your list of stops. you’ll thank me.

bon appetit! xoxo, muki