February 16, 2010

uncle ric's tortilla soup

It has been snowing for what seems like all winter long here in Nashville. Clearly, that's an exaggeration, but for a city that rarely sees the stuff, we've had a ton of "flocks and flocks of little white doves."

In an effort to warm our bellies, I cooked my Uncle Ric's Chicken Tortilla Soup last night. My mom cooked this for me over the holidays and followed the recipe to a T; the result was perfection. But Tec and I needed a break from meat last night, so instead of chicken I used chili beans, corn and added in green chilies. Do whichever want, but be ready to have a new favorite soup!

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2 large carrots / 1 can diced tomatoes / 2 celery stalks / 1 can Rotel / 1 large onion / 1 packet taco seasoning / 2 tsp corn oil / 10 corn tortillas / 1 tsp garlic powder / 4 cans chicken broth / salt & pepper to taste / 12 oz Monterey Jack cheese / milk


Chop vegetables and sautee in oil until tender.
Add garlic powder, salt, pepper and chicken broth. Bring to a boil.
Add tomatoes, Rotel, taco seasoning and chicken.*
Cut tortillas into small pieces and add to mixutre. Let boil uncovered for 20 minutes.
Stir to keep from sticking.

Reduce heat and add cheese. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add milk and simmer another 10 minutes.
If thicker soup is desired, add more diced tortillas.

Garnish with whatever you'd like!
I like mine plain with a side of safron rice. Tec prefers the fixins: sour cream and tortilla chips.
*As stated earlier, you can substitute beans and corn for the chicken.

February 8, 2010

sexy under $100

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, what better excuse do I have to shop for, or at least look at, sexy dresses?

All of these beauties are under $100, with most of them hovering between $50-75. And if they're not up your alley for the big V Day, there's always bridesmaid's dresses, weddings, rehearsal dinners... and throwing parties to have an excuse to wear one.

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February 5, 2010

featured on design*sponge, behind the bar!

Today Tec and I have been featured on the oh-so-yummy series, Behind the Bar over at Design*Sponge! (Managed by guest-bloggers Alissa and Ryan of HORNE.)

This was such a fun and delicious shoot to pull together! We're a little giddy to be appearing on Design*Sponge, and a big, big thank you goes out to Alissa and Ryan for inviting us to be a part of such a fun series.

Click {HERE} to see our post!

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Full credit for the recipe goes to our dear, lovely, talented friend Talitha Moak.
Photography by the handsome, Tec.