Panini and Soup

So today I made chicken paninis and soup. We’re on a health-food kick and we hate the nitrates in deli meat so I thawed six chicken breasts and marinated them this morning. Since we’re out of mayonnaise I made a cilantro pesto in the food processor for it.

cilantro and garlic in food processor

Cilantro Pesto

Cilantro pesto

1 bunch cilantro, washed, trimmed of extra stems
6 cloves garlic
drizzle of olive oil

Pack as much cilantro can fit into a food processor then add a few garlic cloves into each batch, plus olive oil and salt. pulse until cilantro is fine but not watery.

marinated cooked chicken


sandwich with cheese

finished panini


Spread pesto on bread top one side with sliced Swiss cheese, then add chicken. Toast sandwich on griddle or pan on both sides. add tomato slices and greens.

pea soup


Any vegetables cooked in broth, then pureed. this week was pea, two weeks ago it was squash. I prefer the squash because it was more flavorful and naturally sweeter and richer.


Chili and Coleslaw

I have a devotional tonight so I’ll post this quickly.

I made chili about two weeks ago in two batches (I accidentally soaked about 4 cup of kidney beans.) the first forgetting to put peppers, in the second being perfect but too spicy at the time for my dad who loves spicy food but his mouth was cut up so he could only have a little. Still, he’s the one who loves it the most and asked for a bigger batch this time.

beans and veggies in the pot

I just added onions and garlic to the first batch and the second had jalapenos and bell pepper, without seeds. This time I added tomato paste based on what some other recipes had, plus i doubled the jalapenos and bell pepper though still without seeds. The result? WAY too spicy! I’m talking I had a bean and my inner ear started feeling woozy kinda spicy. So I added two peeled and cut potatoes, four tomatoes, and a can of plain kidney beans.

beans and rice with coleslaw on the side

I was originally going to make quinoa salad to go with it, but because it was so spicy we decided to make coleslaw instead. The coleslaw recipe I got from the recipe book that came with one of the blenders. I chopped the cabbage in the food processor which made it a lot easier.

I’m including the recipe for the chili not as I made it but as it should be.


2 cups soaked kidney beans
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 green bell pepper, deseeded and chopped
1 jalapeno, deseeded and chopped
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Chipotle powder
salt and black pepper to taste
olive oil

Combine ingredients in pressure cooker and cook for about half an hour.



1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup red wine or rice vinegar
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Mix all ingredients together. Pour over shredded cabbage and toss. Serve.

Hello world!

So this is my first post. Yesterday I made a pork-rib ragout based on a recipe I got from here. After that turned out great i decided I’m officially a real cook and today decided to write about my cooking and share recipes I know.