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Black Bean Chicken Chili Recipe

This is a simple – quick to make – chili recipe using chicken and black beans (adapted from the original “Chicken and Black Bean Chili” recipe from Save On Foods). The original recipe serves six, my adaptation serves 10 or more.  Also in my version, I add fresh mushrooms, kidney beans and a lot more tomato.

Ingredients

Meats and Veggies:

  • 4 cubed chicken breasts (cut into bite-size pieces)
  • 1 hand-full of diced mushrooms (1.5 cups)
  • 1 diced large onion
  • 1 diced large carrot
  • 2 diced celery stalk
  • 4 garlic gloves, minced

Spices:

Cans (12 oz or 355 ml.):

Also:

  • Salt and pepper for seasoning the chicken
  • 4 tbsp of cooking oil for cooking the chicken pieces

Optional:

  • Sour Cream and Cilantro for garnish
  • Beer and biscuits for sides

Get cooking!

Steps:

  • Season the chicken (with salt and pepper) and then cut the chicken into small “bite size” pieces.
  • In a large soup pot (or sauce pan) cook the chicken in 3 tbsp of cooking oil.
  • Remove chicken when it’s cooked and set aside.
  • Add veggies (onion, carrot, celery), mushrooms, garlic and spices to the same pan and cook for about 10 minutes (stir as it cooks).
  • Add the canned tomatoes and bring to a boil, then simmer (simmer for about 20 minutes).
  • Add the beans and cooked chicken and simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes.
  • Taste.
  • The beans might need more time.
  • Taste.
  • Season.
  • Taste.
  • Serve.

Serve with:

  • More hot sauce.
  • Sour cream on the side.
  • Cilantro garnish.
  • Corn bread biscuits or corn bread muffins.
  • Beer.

Did this recipe work for you? Comment below and let me know.

ps/ if you like black beans, check-out my Simple Black Bean Soup recipe here.

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St. Patrick’s Day Jokes!

St. Patrick’s death occurred on either March 8th or 9th in 461 A.D. Church officials weren’t sure so they added them together and made it the 17th. Good thing it wasn’t March 28th or 29th…


Mike’s Top Five Worst St. Patrick’s Day Jokes.

Lucky Charms
Lucky Charms – photo taken by Evan-Amos

#5. Knock, knock. Who’s there? Irish. Irish who? Irish you a happy St. Patrick’s day!

#4. Why did the leprechaun buy TWO lottery tickets? Dublin his odds!

#3. Why would you never iron a four-leaf clover? Because you shouldn’t press your luck.

#2. Why are leprechauns always asking for money? Because they’re always a little short before payday.

#1. Where does a leprechaun buy his suits? From a four leaf clothier.


Top Five Ways To Get in Trouble on St Patrick’s Day.

#5. Eat haggis, drink scotch and insist Scotland and Ireland are the same thing.

#4. Wear a button that says “Kiss me, I’m Iris”.

#3. Instead of wearing something green, wear something until it’s green.

#2. Go door to door – demanding candy.

#1. Re-introduce snakes to the island.


Ways to tell your neighbor might be a Leprechaun

#5. Always tries to cover up his Irish accent by saying things like “G’day Mate..”.

#4. Rainbow always seems to end in his backyard.

#3. Spends his summers planting clover along foothills blvd…

#2. Always wears green and he isn’t even from Saskatchewan.

#1. Always thinks everyone is after his Lucky Charms!

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NASA finds seven life-supporting planets only 40 light-years away

Trappist_1_system
Only a drawing, not an actual photograph of the Trappist-1 system. Drawing from: CNN Online

The headline: NASA finds seven life-supporting planets only 40 light-years away.

fyi: These seven planets are orbiting the dwarf star Trappist-1 and are very, very far awayyyy.

Things to know before you book your flight…

  1. These planets are at least 40 light-years away. So, very far away. Note: 1 Light Year = 9.5 trillion kilometers.
  2. Though they may be capable of supporting a basic life system, they may not have high-speed and may still be using dial-up.
  3. Because Trappist-1 is a dwarf star, you would receive 200 times less light than you do from our current Sun. So, pre-tanning: not necessary.
  4. Trappist-1 is quite a bit younger than our Sun and will likely continue for another trillion years after our Sun fades.
  5. If on your journey, you see Megatron, Loki and a bunch of Romulans, just mind your own business and don’t get involved.
  6. Did we mention, it’s very far awayyyy?!
Yes, very, very far awayyyy.
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Groundhog Day!

Hamburger Helper
Three Cheese Hamburger Helper
Here are some facts about the Groundhog..

 

  • Groundhog is one word, not two.
  • Groundhogs live in Canada as well as the Eastern and Midwestern U.S..
  • They also go by the name ‘Woodchuck’.
  • They are a member of the Squirrel family.
  • Whiarton Willie has not always been Willie (in 1956 they started with Grundoon followed by Muldoon, Dandune and then Willie.).
  • An average Groundhog is two feet long and about ten pounds (that’s three boxes of Hamburger Helper).

 

Whether a Groundhog sees his shadow or not, the first day of Spring is March 20 – in 6 ½ weeks.

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Floss, polish and reclamation

Don’t you love going to the dentist for a cleaning? Your teeth feel so smooth and clean. You can go like this “thhhhhh” between every tooth.

We know we’re suppose to clean our teeth like that after every meal, but we don’t. It’s not that we can’t clean our own teeth or we don’t know how. It’s just better when someone else does it.

So, here’s my big idea…

How about we set up Floss N’ Go booths at the mall food court?

You finish your lunch, you pop in there and for like 5.99 they professionally floss your teeth and you get on with your day.

Maybe there could even be a 6.99 ‘floss and polish’ special too, or the 8.99 ‘floss, polish and reclamation’ special?

With the ‘floss, polish and reclamation’ special the “FPR”. They could baggy all the remnant food bits they collect from your mouth and you could take them home for the dog or for a snack for later. Okay… that’s gross.

Good idea?

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Friday the 13th. So?

Friday the 13th is a date considered to be bad luck in most of North American. Although most experts agree, there is no real evidence to support a “Friday the 13th” superstition and no real cause to fear the date.

The fear of Friday the 13th has been called friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga being the name of the Norse goddess for whom “Friday” is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen).

The Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics (CVS), stated that “fewer accidents and reports of fire and theft occur on Friday the 13th than on other Fridays, because people are preventatively more careful. Statistically speaking, driving is slightly safer on Friday the 13th.

Source: Wikipedia article

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The Cost of Christmas 2016

The cost of Christmas has gone up slightly (mostly because of an increases in the price of Turtle Doves and wage increases for Drummers and Pipers).
Merry Christmas! – Mike

The cost of each gift item, once: $34,363.49 (US) = $46,475.96 (CDN)

The true cost of all the gifts, when you count each repetition in the song (364 gift items): $156,507.88 (US) = $211,675.72 (CDN)


Click the image to enlarge

More here (PNCChristmasPriceIndex.com)…

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Why are Cubs fans so emotional?

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Actor Bill Murray reacts on the field after the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 678125603 ORIG FILE ID: 620750626
CLEVELAND, OH – NOVEMBER 02: Actor Bill Murray reacts on the field after the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 678125603 ORIG FILE ID: 620750626

It was 1908. No Internet, no tv, and we were still 12 years away from the first radio station.

-The average worker made .20/hr.
-Theodore Roosevelt was the President of the U.S., Wilfrid Laurier was our Prime Minister and BC’s Premier was Richard McBride.
-14% of homes had a bathtub.
-8% of the homes had a telephone.
-There were 8,000 cars and 144 miles of paved roads in the US.
-98% of all doctors did not have a college education.
-There was no Tim Hortons, but you could make your own coffee for fifteen cents a pound– (that’s .003 per cup).
-The Cubs won the World Series.

It’s been a very long time.

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An open letter to Bears

Dear Bears,

twobearsYesterday I pulled out the slow-cooker to make some turkey soup with my Thanksgiving leftovers.

I make the soup in the garage so the whole house doesn’t smell like soup (I’ve had issues in the past – some experimental soups that didn’t smell too great).

This morning I stepped into the garage and I was struck by this wondrous aroma – turkey, carrots, celery, onions, potatoes, sea salt, black pepper, poultry spice, rosemary, thyme, a hint of oregano – – the smell is fantastic. I think to myself “this must be driving the bears nuts”.

I know you guys are in the neighborhood, I’ve seen you going through the trash containers left out at night. I’ve seen your poop in the morning.

The garage door opens…

Not one bear.

No sign of a bear.

Be honest – you guys have licked clean the inside of a mushroom soup can that’s covered in coffee grounds that’s lying beside a diaper…

… but you weren’t enticed at all by the aroma of my soup? 🙁

That hurts.

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