Posts Tagged ‘fall


fall fun.

Sunday evening we had the perfect fall evening with my sister and brother in law. We carved pumpkins, drank apple cider and ate soup! Can you guess which pumpkin is mine, Derek’s, Stan’s and Ale’s?


it was SO worth it.

The other day I was in the dentist office waiting to get my teeth cleaned. Waiting, waiting, waiting. I picked up a magazine (called Real Food) and started browsing the recipes.  It had at least 6 soup recipes I wanted to make – but one in particular: the smoky chicken, tomato, brown rice and corn soup. The photo was amazing; it was the perfect fall soup. Hearty, warm, cozy. I wanted the magazine. I NEEDED the magazine. And more importantly I needed the soup. I quickly assessed my options. I could either take the whole magazine or rip the page out, but I had to decide quickly. The rip approach would draw too much attention, so I opted for the entire mag. I very stealthily turned my shoulder and slipped the magazine into my purse. And then I looked up. The receptionist was staring right at me. CAUGHT! She saw the entire thing. And then she turned away and we both pretended like it didn’t happen. Talk about awkward.

During the fall season, Derek and I try to make a soup every week. I made this for our fall soup kick-off and I’m happy to announce that it was worth it. The soup was really good. I thought I’d share the recipe w/ my notes. It’s easy, it’s warm, it’s fall in a bowl.

Smoky chicken, tomato, brown rice and corn soup

Use cooked chicken leftover from a rotisserie chicken for this quick, easy and substantial soup.

Serves 4-6

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 cup chopped onion

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 can (28oz) peeled plum tomatoes with juices

3-4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth

1 cup leftover brown rice, bulgur, quinoa or other grain

2 cup fresh, frozen or canned corn kernels

1/3 cup chopped cilantro leaves and tender stems, divided

¼ cup pitted kalamata olives, coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon minced jalapeño, or to taste

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

½ cup plain low-fat yogurt

·         Heat the oil in a large, broad soup pot over medium heat. When hot, add the onions and cook, stirring, until golden about 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook 1 minute. Turn off the heat and stir in the paprika and cumin.

·         Puree the tomatoes in a food processor. Add the chicken and pulse once or twice or until chopped into small pieces. Add to the pot with the sautéed onion and spices. Add 3 cups of the broth and heat to simmering. Stir in the rice, corn, half of the cilantro leaves, olives, and jalapeño. Heat stirring over low heat. Add the remaining cup of broth to the soup if desired.

·         When the soup is hot remove from heat and add lime juice. Ladle the soup into bowls and place a spoonful of yogurt in the center of each bowl. Sprinkle the remaining cilantro over the top, dividing evenly.

Kindra’s Notes: I used barley instead of brown rice – it was great! I added a teaspoon cayenne pepper. I didn’t have canned plum tomatoes, so I just used canned diced tomatoes – it was great and I didn’t puree anything. Next time, I won’t use kalamata olives and I’ll double the recipe so we have more leftovers.


an autumn meme

I’m a sucker for memes – feel free to answer it yourself and post it as a comment.

Have you ever been apple picking?
Duh! We live in Washington State – home of the apple; the #1 apple growing state in the US. Plus, my grandparents owned an orchard in Eastern Washington several years ago. My favorite variety is Golden Delicious.

Is there a dish you make/eat only during this time of the year?
Soup! Derek and I were going to make a different soup every week this fall. I guess we’ll start when he returns from China.

Will you attend a ‘tail gate’ party this season?

When do you turn on the heat?

I don’t have a specific date in mind, but I bet it will be soon!

How many sweaters do you own?
Too many; 40% of which I don’t wear.

Are you fond of Nouveau Beaujolais wine?
I’ve never had it – in fact, I had to google it. Maybe I’ll give it a try!

Do you get excited about Halloween?
Eh – it’s ok.

How about Thanksgiving?
ABSOLULTEY. It is hands-down my favorite holiday. I love everything about it. The menu planning. The food preparation. The food. The family. The leftovers. It’s a low pressure holiday centered around family. What could be better?

This year, I’m spending Thanksgiving with Derek’s family. They rented a cozy cabin on Mount Baker – I can’t wait!

Is there an activity you do only in the autumn?
Watch Football.

Have you ever burned leaves?
Me personally? No. I don’t own property.

Do you own any ‘scarecrow’ decorations?
Hmm – nope. I can’t say I do. When I was 5, my dad was the scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz for Halloween. I’ve never seen him dress up other than that time. Weird.

Do you plant bulbs?

Your fondest autumn memory?
Last year, Derek and I spent a long weekend in the San Juan Islands at a cozy Bed & Breakfast. We even had a fireplace in our room – it was very romantic. We went out to scrumptious dinners, slept in late, visited a pumpkin patch, drank hot chocolate, played in a pile of leaves at a park, and went for long drives during the day. Positively perfect.

Ok, that didn’t happen. But didn’t it sound wonderful?


fall project

I’m feeling a little restless this week – I think I need a fall project. Here are my ideas:

  • Start scrapbooking
  • Pick-up one of the books I started writing last year and start working on it again
  • Create an anonymous blog where I can spill my guts and write about things I’m too chicken to write about on this blog
  • Start studying for the GMAT
  • Find a world record to break
  • Play the lotto A LOT

I’m open to suggestions.

a blog for anyone, but mostly for me.