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Crockpot White Chicken Chile

I know this recipe has to be excellente as written, but today I tweaked a few things. I used ingredients I had on hand. In the process I think my version is a tad lighter in calories. Maybe just a tad tho. 😉 Lol Oh well.

Here’s the recipe as seen on Pinterest…

My way is really good too.

Okay, so I only changed…

used one can black beans instead of 2 cans white beans. Instead of the cream cheese and half and half I used 1/4 cup heavy cream and 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt. I adjusted the seasonings at the end, added a little garlic powder, a pinch extra dried oregano and a tad more salt.

I cooked my soup a total of 3 1/2 hours.

Condiments, a must… use store bought salad topping chips, chopped avocado, fresh chopped cilantro and chopped green onions.

Guisado a La Oma

This is a dish my mom made quite often. It’s a meat and potato stew with green beans. I’ve spent years trying to get this recipe just so. I do believe I finally have.

It’s so perfect on a cool evening.


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 a medium white onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt divided
  • 1/4 tsp pepper divided
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • Pinch of comino (ground cumin)
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 can green beans, drained


  1. Cook the ground turkey, season with 1/2 the salt salt and 1/2 the pepper, drain any fat, set aside
  2. In a stock pot heat oil to medium high
  3. Add in the onion, cook until translucent
  4. Add in the rest of the salt and pepper
  5. Add in the garlic, cook an additional 2/3 minutes, stirring often as to not burn the garlic
  6. Add in the chopped tomatoes cook another 5 minutes or so
  7. Next, add in the beef broth
  8. Add the potatoes, bring the mixture to a soft boil
  9. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the diced potatoes are almost soft enough. I normally par-cook my potatoes a bit so this step goes quick for me. Your potatoes will take longer to cook.
  10. Add in the green beans and ground turkey
  11. . Bring mixture back up to a simmer and cook an additional 10 minutes with lid on
  12. Enjoy!

Garnish with chopped cilantro, and or fresh chopped onions.

Add a squeeze or two of lemon juice to your bowl of guisado and salsa as well, if you like.

Crumble tortilla chips, add this for garnish too, if it tickles your taste bud fancy!

I sometimes add a dollop of plain Greek yogurt or sour cream too.


Lemon Pepper Chicken w/Orzo


  • 2-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Cooking spray
  • Lemon pepper for chicken
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp lemon pepper for broth
  • Chopped curly pastsley for garnish
  • Lemon wedges for service


1. Spray a skillet with cooking spray

2. Heat to medium high

3. Generously season chicken with lemon pepper, both sies

4. Cook the chicken per side 3-5 minutes

5. Take the chicken out of the skillet and set it aside

6. Add the tsp of olive oil to the pan

7. Add in the garlic, scrape up any chicken crumbs and combine them with the garlic

8. Cook the garlic for a few minutes mixing continuously so as not to burn it

9. Add in the chicken broth

10. Add in the 1/4 tsp lemon pepper

11. Add in the orzo

12. Combine all well

13. Layer in the chicken

14. Bring the mixture to a boil

15. Lower heat and simmer uncovered for 15-18 minutes or until the orzo is tender (al dente) but not too soft

*avoid mixing too much if any otherwise your orzo won’t have the best consistency

For service…

Place a scoop of orzo on your plate. Top with a piece of chicken. Sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve with lemon wedges.

Enjoy! g.

Breakfast Casserole

Not going to lie this was a huge hit at a recent family gathering my husband and I hosted. It’s over the top tasty with a touch of decadence. I hope you’ll try it!

  • Cooking spray
  • 30 oz bag hash browns defrosted
  • 1/2 tsp salt divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter (salted)
  • 10 oz pork breakfast sausage
  • 12 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar
  • 1/4 tsp minced fresh rosemary (optional)


1. Spray a 8 x 11 casserole dish with cooking oil

2. Cook the sausage until done, breaking it up into small pieces, drain and set aside

3. Layer the hash browns into the dish

4. Dot the hash browns with butter

5. Sprinkle the hash brown layer with 1/4 tsp salt

6. Add a dash of pepper

7. Layer the sausage next

8. In a large mixing bowl add the eggs, cheese, cream and 1/4 tsp salt (if using rosemary, add now), mix well

9. Layer the egg mixture now

(if using rosemary add it in now)

10. Add another dash of pepper

11. Place the casserole in the fridge, covered

12. Morning of… bake the casserole in a preheated oven at 350 for approximately 1 1/2 to 1 1/2 hours or until eggs are set

(A good way to check for doneness, place a toothpick down into the center of the casserole if it comes out clean it’s eat time!)

12a. If baking same day, bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until eggs are set.

I like to cut squares ahead of time for my guests, leaving the portions in the warm casserole dish, this saves time in the family buffet line as guests serve themselves their squares. 😉

Possible toppings on the side… chopped green onion, salsa of your choice.

Actually it really doesn’t need any extra dolling up, it’s that good friends.

Have a happy day! g.

Golden Hour


It’s mine alone

This golden hour

one so true

Ideas flowing

Ever knowing

Reality is mine alone

No voices glowing

Reality is mine alone

Ideas keep flowing

Rise up

Write down

This golden hour

It’s all flowing,

Borderline mad?

I do not know

Nor do I care

The ideas

forever flowing…

©️ Poems by Gina

Dutch Oven Carnitas

Morsels of delicious, somewhat crispy, pork going on here…

These are so yummy and easy to make. I used country style pork ribs (very little bone), about 3/4 pounds.

Layer ingredients


Finished product, well almost

Pan fry or toss to crisp up a bit. I used very little oil, just some olive oil cooking spray in this non-stick pan.

Finished goodness.



  • 3/4 pounds country style pork ribs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • Pinch of comino (cumin)
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled, whole
  • Juice of 1 orange plus peel
  • One onion cut in half
  • 1/8 tsp Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 300
  2. Rub the inside of the pot with olive oil
  3. Layer the ribs then all other ingredients
  4. Cover the pot
  5. Bake at 300 for 2 hours
  6. Remove the pork from the pot reserving the liquid, liquid will form during the cooking process due to the fat in the ribs
  7. Break the pork ribs into bit size pieces using a fork and knife
  8. Heat a non stick pan to high
  9. Spray the pan with cooking spray, I used an olive oil spray
  10. Pan sear the pork pieces until somewhat crunchy in spots, this should take just a few minutes as you toss them around in the pan. As you pan sear the pork pour a tablespoon or so of the cooking liquid over the pork for added flavor, fry enough for it to dry out again.
  11. Next, serve and enjoy!

I made soft tacos one night with my last batch, heat corn tortillas, add a bit of carnitas and then some fixings of your choice.

I topped these tacos with onion, cilantro, cheese and green salsa, yum!

I also made carnitas topped nachos with the same batch the next day.

(Super Bowl Status Nachos)

These Carnitas will knock your Nachos out of the flavor park, no kidding!

Later I will share my recipe for Sonny inspired Super Bowl Status Nachos.