Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A whole lot of shakin going on!

Good morning blogging peoples!! Just a little reminder of living in California. A 4.0 earthquake this morning at 4:15 a.m. about 35 miles from here. It sounded a little bit like a train passing through :-)! Think I will be a little slow today, since getting back to sleep wasn't easy!

Promised I would post the Tortilla Soup recipe...don't be put off by the long list of ingredients is WONDERFUL!!!

Tortilla Soup
2 - 49 ounce cans chicken broth
3 frozen chicken breast halves-(cook alone in water for 20 minutes and
chop in small bite size pieces)
3/4 cups uncooked long grain rice
1/2 large yellow onion chopped fine
1 small red bell pepper diced
14 ounce diced tomatoes
8 ounce whole kernel corn
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 clove garlic minced
Tortilla chips
cheddar cheese grated
green onions chopped
2 tablespoons peppercorns and about 3 to 4 tablespoons celery leaves

In a LARGE pot put both cans of chicken broth, uncooked rice, onion and red
bell pepper. Put 2 tablespoons peppercorn and celery leaves in a tea ball and put in the broth. You can also tie it up in some cheese cloth if you don't have a tea ball. Cook for 25 minutes. Add tomatoes, chicken that has been cooked, corn all herbs, and 1/2 of the cilantro that you chopped. Simmer again for approximately 20 minutes. Add rest of the cilantro and cook another 5 minutes. Best served in a mug. Crumble a handful of tortilla chips in bottom of mug, sprinkle cheese on top (we like a lot of cheese :-) ), put some chopped green onions on top of the cheese than ladle hot soup on top. YUMMMMMMY!

Look what I found!! I was at Target yesterday finishing up some stocking stuffer shopping and look what ended up in my cart! Just couldn't resist....and 50% off, what a deal! I love TARGET :-)! ........and then a buddy of mine, knowing how much I love stars brought me these ! Love them!! Hope every ones week is going well, and all your Christmas plans are coming together. Later gators!


Nan said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the recipe, Cheryl!! It looks yummy delicious!! I know the hubby will love it!
I'm not a fan of earthquakes - they sure do wake you up in a hurry, don't they?
Love the boots and the stars - so cute!! Ho ho ho!!!!!

Shelina said...

We have a train not too far from our house. It's a good thing we don't get earthquakes - I might mistake it for a train!
The tortilla soup sounds wonderful.

jen said...

YUM! Can't go wrong with tortilla soup! Thanks for reminding me about it...should probably plan on makin' a pot for the company next week!

Darlene said...

That recipe sounds so yummy! I love Tortilla Soup so I'm gonna try it very soon. Here's a little tip - slice up some corn tortillas and fry them till crispy. Add those crisps and a slice of avacado to the top the soup - double YUM. :-)

Stars and boots are darling!

Kris said...

Thanks for the soup recipe, it looks yummy!! Can't wait to try it! Maybe Sunday night with the family.

Apparently, we slept through the earthquake. It must have been much closer to you.

Mar said...

Cheryl, thanks for the heads up, Tortillia soup is my favorite, I will be printing this out for sure! Love those little boots! Try not to shake it too much down there, you might disturb the middle of the state ;-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the recipe, I'm making it tomorrow. I have college daughter and married daughter coming in, they'll be impressed with the tortilla soup!!!
Diane in Idaho

Perry said...

This soup recipe sounds like the one my mother can't find, lol. Thank you for sharing it. I am going to try it this weekend.

Nicole said...

That is what I am having for dinner tonight. Thanks!

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

Glad to hear that that earthquake wasn't worse! My daughters went to college, then lived for a few years in Southern Calinfornia. A few times they called home a bit shaken up!
The recipe sounds wounderful--I'm definatly going to try it! Thank you for taking the time to post it!

I also love Target--(It's an hours drive for us, oh how I wish it were closer!) I loved so many of the ornaments when I was there Christmas shopping. Hope to grab a few on Christmas Eve when visiting my daughter in the big city.
Thank you so much for stopping by the cabin and have a very Merry Christmas!

Nicole said...

Just finished making your tortilla soup and it is just as delcious as I thought it would be! My family is going to go crazy for this recipe.

Doe said...

At first I thought it was Emma jumping on the bed. Then I realized it was an earthquake. Good thing I wasn't the only one who felt it. For a second there, I thought I was just paranoid.

Geez, that's a long list of ingredients. Can't you just make it for me? I promise to post a comment on your blog everyday. Really, I mean it. Can you also make me your wonderful ball of cheeze? My pseudo in-laws will definitely love it! I know I do. Ok, can I have these by tomorrow?

Wendy said...

I'm with everyone else, great soup recipe...yum.

Looks like a fun day of shopping for you.

Mary Anne said...

YIKES !! I still have vivid memories of that California shakin from my 6 year stint in the Pasadena area -- took me quite a few years after being back in Pa to realize that the shaking feeling on our local bridge was because a big truck was going over it and NOT because it was an earthquake! (either way, I think they should check that bridge!)

Anyhow, the soup sounds great! thanks for sharing the recipe!

The Polka Dot Pixie said...

MMmmmmmmm! Gonna try that tortilla soup recipe for sure!!! Thanks for visiting me... adding you to my links list if that's okay? :-)

DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Sounds like you had an interesting Wednesday. Do you get used to the earthquakes?


Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

The soup sounds delish. Thanks for the recipe.

Sugar Bear said...

That soup sounds yummy! I have a similar recipe that hubby can't get enough of. I've never really experienced an earthquake. We had an extremely mild one here in CT a few years ago. At first I thought it was some kind of wild animal on the roof LOL! A very Merry Christmas to you and your family and thank you for the very nice comment!

Auntie Darla said...

Merry Christmas Eve Eve... Hope you're feeling better... Wow an earthquake ...

Red Geranium Cottage said...

I never felt a thing! You know I sleep with a HUNKA so.......... LOL!!!! And I was gonna ask you to make me some soup but that little one already asked you. Darn her!!!! Plus she needs the food more than I do right?

M&Co said...

Merry Christmas to you too! I'm so glad you found my blog. I'm ever so exited when I get new blogging friends from all over the world! Now I'll be busy peeking trough your blog ;-)