Black Bean Chili

This winter has been especially cold and rainy. During times like these, I gravitate towards noodle soups or just soups in general, stews, and chilis. You know, the comforting stuff! I found this particular recipe in a Cooking Light magazine, which is extra points in my book. Yummy AND “light”? YAAAAAAS.

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I made some tweaks to the recipe, but nothing substantial. I like my chili thicker so I eliminated the water. Also swapped one can of black beans for one can of diced tomatoes because tomatoes > beans. I mean, I know this is called black bean chili, but come on, FOUR cans of black beans?! WHY?

Oh, and a word of caution… When I first made this chili, I interpreted “3 canned chipotle chilis in adobo sauce” as 3 cans of chipotle chilis instead of 3 chipotle chilis. Oops. Don’t make the same mistake as I did. I love spicy foods but that was almost unbearable! I use 1 can now 😊

2016

2016 was a roller coaster. There were many highs (my promotion) and just as many lows (my toxic relationship with T). But overall, it was a good year. A year of growth, personally and professionally. Before I welcome 2017, let me reflect on all that happened in 2016…

I furnished my place…

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I received two awards at work: employee of the quarter and team of the quarter. Also got promoted! 💵 😁

I traveled to…

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I completed some amazing hikes…

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I cooked up some new recipes and made some oldies but goodies…

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Looking back, I really can’t complain. It’s been a good year and I look forward to even bigger and better things in 2017. Bring it on beeeeetches!

xoxo, kc

Pho Is Life

For as much Vietnamese food I consume, I must have been Vietnamese in my past life. pho reaaals.

When I was with H, we ate pho almost every weekend.

T, who is Vietnamese, expanded my Vietnamese food horizons. Thanks to his sister, I was lucky enough to have home cooked Vietnamese food basically everyday. And family events on the weekend? Food. Heaven.

Now, with CT, my Vietnamese food cravings are as strong as ever. And though he’s very supportive, it’s usually just me in SD, so it’s up to me to satisfy my own cravings.

So what’s a girl to do? Make her own pho of course. In her instant pot.

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Tadaaaa

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Happy tummy. pho sure!

Music of the Moment

Birthday Edition

The Naked And Famous Album, Simple Forms (THE ENTIRE ALBUM. LIKE LITERALLY EVERY SONG. SERIOUSLY.)

FRENSHIP – 1000 Nights

Say Lou Lou – Everything We Touch

Louis The Child – Fire (ft. Evalyn)

Majestyy – Beautiful Child of Everlasting Love

NEIKED – Sexual (ft. Dyo)

Woodes – The Thaw

STRFKR – Open You Eyes

King Deco – Read My Lips

Ben Phipps – I Don’t Think So

Laakes – Fold

Era Istrefi – Bonbon (Marshmello Remix)

Music of the Moment

September Edition

Bastille’s new album, Wild World (my fave tracks are Good Grief, The Currents, Fake It)

Betty Who – I Love You Always Forever (I’m a sucker for covers)

Project 46 – Stars (ft. Haley)

Ellie Goulding – Still Falling For You

Foreign Air – Echo

Trace – Low

No Sleep – Born To Lose (ft. Gia Koka)

Jai Wolf – Drive (ft. The Chain Gang of 1974) RAC remix

Steve James – In My Head (ft. RKCB)

Danelle & Salda – Nobody

Maggie Lindermann – Things (Taylor Wise remix)

Aubergine Machine – Only