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at last, the good news

Recipe: white chili

Okay, the news that some of you have been waiting for…

Jeremy was recently offered the position of site director for the largest moving radio dish in the world. Not bad for a 35-year old junior faculty in astrophysics. Good on ya, m’ dear! The nature of radio telescopes is that they need to be in radio quiet zones to peer deep into the bowels of the universe. This means that all of the major radio telescope facilities are located in – The Boonies. In this case, we are talking about West Virginia. CU Boulder came back with a retention offer. That means the university said, “We like you, a lot. Please stay. We will offer X, Y, and Z.” Decisions decisions…

colorado sure is beautiful…

Jeremy sent his response off yesterday. We shall remain in Colorado, so don’t be getting your panties all in a wad or anything. I am incredibly proud of Jeremy, who is not only one hell of an astrophysicist and scientist, but he is also my Super Hottie Boy. Now I can tune my tele skis!

I am West Coast bound again and I need a huge favor from folks in the Bay Area. Can you recommend some really good authentic Chinese restaurants in the south bay (San Jose, Milpitas, Cupertino, etc.)? Dim sum, dinner, all of it is fine – not so much upscale as just really damn good. Americanized Chinese food ain’t gonna cut it because I will be with Grandma (and because that stuff is nasty anyway). Thanks so much in advance!

It’s National Blog Writing Month (October, for those of you who don’t flip your calendar until the 15th of each month… me included). The big thing on the blogs is to write a post per day and get a thing of lip balm. I have so many random lip balms and chapsticks and blistex’s all over the house, in jacket pockets, the cars, my ski bin, our backpacks, that I don’t really need another – but I *am* going to attempt to blog daily because 1) it’s fun and 2) I like this better than being showered with those damn pink ribbons reminding us of Breast Cancer Awareness month… I’m *aware*, believe you me.

I won’t be posting a recipe a day. I think that would make me go quickly insane(r), but I will try my best to have some oddball observations, photos, or other goodies up daily.

the food
I noticed that I had a slew of sweet recipes in the last several posts. September was really screwy for me, my stomach, and my cooking (or lack thereof). Now that the weather has cooled down, it is safe to ship chocolate and other confections around the country to friends and family. I’ve had baking on the brain. That probably isn’t a problem for most readers since people seem to go for the sweets more than savories, but I like savories. I like lunch and dinner – even for brekkie.

great northern beans, chicken, onions, celery, green chiles, garlic, spices

Yesterday smelled like fall in my kitchen. I made a lovely beef stew and a pot of white chili – things I wouldn’t touch in the summer months. Since I will be chillin’ with Grandma in California, Jeremy and Kaweah will spend some QT together at home. Kaweah’s meals are pretty straightforward. And while Jeremy assures me that he can cook his own meals, I know that he will function more effectively if there is good food available.

sauté onions, garlic, celery, and chiles

We were first introduced to white chili at a restaurant in South Pasadena where the volleyball team would always go after a match. Jeremy liked it so much that I found a random recipe online 15 years ago and made the dish to warm his tummy in the cold Ithaca winters. It isn’t my favorite recipe, which is probably why we haven’t had it in years. Since I was cooking food for Jeremy while I would be out of town, it was time to drag out this old favorite.

add beans and chicken broth

It is an easy recipe. If you can get your hands on roasted hatch green chiles, do so. The flavor is greatly improved there. If not, canned will do. I think it might have been 5 years since I last made this dish. In that time, I have decided that some of the original recipe steps are stupid, so I made some adjustments on the fly this time to improve the consistency and flavor. Obviously, fresh ingredients are much better.


The look of delight on Jeremy’s face was worth making a recipe that I am indifferent to. He has no clue what we’re eating from day to day – especially lately while he’s been in triage mode at work. He got to eat the bowl that I shot, but the rest is reserved for later this week while I’ll be noshing on Really Good Chinese Food.

great with blue corn tortilla chips and some jack cheese

White Chili
[print recipe]

1 lb. chicken breast, cubed
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large white onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 stalks celery, diced
4 roasted hatch green chiles, skinned, deseeded and diced
(or 1 small can of green chiles with liquid)
3 cans Great Northern beans, drained
28 oz. chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste
2 tsps cumin
2 tsps oregano
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Heat the olive oil in a deep sauté pan. Sauté the onion, garlic, celery, and green chiles together. When onions and celery are soft, add the chicken and sauté for a few minutes. Pour in the beans and the broth. Bring the contents to boil and season to taste with salt and pepper and add the rest of the seasonings. Reduce to simmer and cook for 30 minutes until the liquid thickens to desired consistency. Serve with jack cheese and tortilla chips.

50 nibbles at “at last, the good news”

  1. Rosa says:

    Congrats! That’s so great!

    An interesting chilli! I bet it tastes as delicious as it looks!



  2. Mollie says:

    Well, you know me and dinner for breakfast! Bring on the savories. Did I mention that I now have 3 flank steaks marinated in your elixir of goodness in the freezer? I’ve taken to pre-seasoning my stash. rock on.

    Are you in my brain? I’m kind of obsessed with white chili right now, even tho my latest one was pink. I just felt like tomatoes. What’s a girl to do? And calling it chicken pink chili doesn’t sound good. Maybe I can say I did it for breast cancer awareness? :)

  3. jennywenny says:

    MMm, tasty! I dont fancy trying to do a blog post a day, I’m just exhausted with life at the moment.

    Congratulations to Jeremy on being hot and very clever. I’m kind of glad you’re not leaving colorado as it really is wonderful to see your photos, but I’m sure you could make even the most grim places look spectacular!

  4. Fiona says:

    Looks delicious. I especially like that it’s more like a broth than a sludge. If you can hold your bowl upside-down and the chili fails to move – that’s red cement, in my opinion.

    Congrats to Jeremy. That’s very impressive, and so is the retention offer.

  5. Mary says:

    I know this may not help you since you’re looking for South Bay dim sum, but if you’re willing to drive north, Koi Palace in Daly City (just south of SF) is by far the best.

    Pros: Lotsa Chinese clientele, authentic Cantonese dim sum, really delicious, great variety of dishes.
    Cons: Lotsa Chinese clientele, service can be hit or miss, super crowded (especially during weekends), not the cheapest.

    And congrats to Jeremy on his offer and retention offer. Glad you get to stay in CO.

  6. Luann says:

    Two dim sum places that in the South Bay that are pretty good.
    Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Restaurant (Lawrence Expwy) in Sunnyvale
    ABC Seafood in Milpitas.

  7. Tawnia says:

    OH—yeah……I LOVE this stuff–the recipe I have is almost exactly the same, with cream and sour cream. I live in the midwest and was raised in Minnesota where EVERYTHING has cream, butter or sour cream in it!! LOL

  8. Judy (Judy's Gross Eats) says:

    Glad you’re staying in Colorado — no offense to WV, which is a pretty place, too. I was just in Colorado and New Mexico last week. In NM I had 3 meals in a row with luscious red chili and blue corn tortillas. My fix. It will hold me only a short while until I’m craving more. Enjoy your trip to the Bay Area.

  9. barbara says:

    Congrats to Jeremy. I know a couple of good Yum Cha places here. Bring Grandma over we’ll try them all and you can choose the best.

  10. Wandering Chopsticks says:

    Yay! Congrats to Jeremy. And good for us. Well, with your photo skills you’d probably make WV look pretty good to us too.

  11. mimi says:

    first, congrats to jeremy, that is an awesome position to be in!! and so happy to know i am not the only crazy one about lip balm. i have a particular kind that i favor, and so i buy like 5 at a time and then stash them all over the place.

  12. Melissa says:

    Congratulations to Jeremy for being a nerdy badass. His fields of study are ones I actually find utterly fascinating, but never had the patience to focus on career-wise. I’m in awe.

    “Kaweah’s meals are pretty straightforward.” Well, you’d think. ;) Nice of you to give your man a helping hand though. I know mine would need it if I left town. He’d need it pretty badly, actually. Heh.

    I’m not a huge fan of white chili either. I’d MUCH rather be in the Bay Area eating awesome Chinese. There is a dearth of that cuisine here in Orange County. I have to drive to L.A. to get it and that just doesn’t happen. Anyway. Have a great time traveling and seeing your grandma!

  13. Susy says:

    YUM, looks perfect for a chilly evening meal.

    Congrats to your sweetie for a job well done!

  14. EY says:

    There’s a great mom-and-pop Chinese restaurant on Castro Street in Mountain View called Queen House. The food is delicious and authentic. The best treat is they also own the bubble tea shop next door, Tea Era, which has THE best bubble tea on the Peninsula, if not the greater Bay Area.

  15. Bridget says:

    That’s so exciting. Jeremy’s an astrophysicist rockstar. Good for you guys.

    Where do you guys get your green chiles? My mom just sent me half a bushel, so I had to spend several hours roasting and peeling and seeding (the worst!). But in the last few weeks, we’ve had huevos twice and some great chile rellenos, so it’s worth it.

    I also cook meals for my husband when I leave town. Unlike Jeremy, he really won’t cook for himself. He’ll subsist on take-out Chinese and microwave popcorn.

  16. Lori says:

    How funny is that. THAT is almost exactly what is on the menu at our house for tomorrow only with kale in it. HOW FUNNY!

    Astro physics man… okay I feel like the peon social worker that I am. OK not even these days. Just ah stay at home Mom, Master of Sesame Street and any other programs on PBS.

    Congratulations! It’s always tough when making decisions like that. And ah yeah my panties would be in a wad because if you moved I would be like Jonesing for Use Real Butter.

  17. Grey Street Girl says:

    Oh, I’m such a huge fan of white chili. That looks delicious! And, big congratulations to Jeremy! Very cool stuff!

  18. Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy says:

    Kudos to Jeremy! That was quite a prestigious offer! I am glad that you guys are staying in Colorado, though. It suits you, and I know you love it there.

    That chili looks terrific! I’ve been looking for a good recipe for white chili. I actually prefer it to the red. If the weather ever dips below 80 deg. here, I’ll be making some!

  19. Chez us says:

    Great News! Either way around it would had been great news for your man lover!! But, nice to know you are in Boulder, if we EVER make it back there!!!! Wish I could help with the South Bay suggestions, just don’t get that way often, we live in the city bubble! If you are up this way, give a shout-out!


  20. Lisa says:

    Hi Jen,

    OK here goes…

    -Queen’s House (already recommended!!) – very Taiwanesey. SMALL. But great prices (3 dishes for $18).
    -ASJ aka A&J has great neu ro mein (beef noodle soup) – location in SJ at the Ranch 99 Plaza (ASJ). There’s also one at Cupertino Village (A&J). (Great tsao yao bing/onion pancakes and they’ll bring a side of mustard greens for the soup if you ask a few times)
    -Loon Wah is another great place in Cupertino – good dim sum every day (but no cart pushing) and I LOOOOVE their nian gao (sliced rice cake) with mustard greens and sliced pork
    -If you want cart pushing, King Crab in Milpitas really wowed me – even after going to Mayflower and ABC Seafood for YEARS (also in Milpitas). Great prices, generous servings, good food – tho a much smaller place than either “dim sum house” I just mentioned tho.
    -If you find yourself farther up the Peninsula I have been trying to get to Happy Cafe in San Mateo for their perhaps “best in the Bay Area” xiao loong bao. I have heard rave reviews about this place and while it’s no Taipei – I hear they’re very good!
    -Southland Taste at Cupertino Village – used to be Tainan; so obviously: Taiwanese. Can get your stinky tofu here. I personally love the minced pork with rice and the gee toi fan (chicken leg with rice). They throw in a tea egg and some mustard greens. No frills – good food – bad smells. ;)

    I could go on and on – South Bay is such a great place for good Chinese. You could basically huck an iPhone and hit 15 great places in Cupertino alone. Feel free to email if you want any additional info or have a specific item (hot pot?) you’re searching for!

    Safe travels – and congrats to Jeremy!!


    Queen’s House
    273 Castro St
    Mountain View

    1698 Hostetter Rd
    San Jose

    10893 N Wolfe Rd

    Loon Wah
    1146 S De Anza Blvd
    San Jose

    King Crab
    269 W Calaveras Blvd

    Happy Cafe
    250 S B St
    San Mateo

    Southland Taste
    10825 N Wolfe Rd

  21. Margie says:

    Congratulations to Jeremy and to you too, Jen. I hope your visit with Grams is a treasured one. I’d give anything to have just one more visit with my grandma, but that would be beyond realistic; that dear sweetheart was born back in 1897.

    My mouth waters for that chili. Oh heck, who am I kidding, my mouth waters for all that you offer! I am still digging through all of your recipes. I have a bazillion bookmarked, printed or dancing in my head. The candied orange must be done soon, my fruitcake baking is marking the horizon.

    Take care and enjoy your vacation. Hugs to Jeremy. I’m so happy you are planted firmly in Colorado. I’m sure that the W VA area has a bounty of beauty, but I need to see Colorado splendor. My homesickness requires it.


  22. Maja says:

    Hi, Jen!

    Wow, i’m beginning to have a whole new appreciation of october … a post daily, yaaaaay! :D I love the way you write, so i can live without a recipe daily, just in case you were really worried about that. :)
    Congratulations to Jeremy, that’s huge! And congrats also on decision making, it’s always the hardest part.
    Oh, and btw, i did another one of your cake recipes, the last cake you published, and i loved the buttercream, especially because it used egg whites and i always seem to have too many of these sitting in my fridge after some dessert that didn’t want them in, waiting to be thrown away when it becomes obvious i won’t be makinf marshmallows and then marshmallow fondant because i really have no need for either (and don’t even like them). Now to not feel like i’m also just falling for sweets, i’ll go check the archives to see what lunch i can do today. :)
    Enjoy your trip with Grandma, and bon appetit! :)

  23. Mrs Ergül says:

    You’re a really good wife to Jeremy! I’m sure he loves you to bits! enjoy being with your grandma in California! When are u heading back to Colorado?

  24. Mrs Ergül says:

    and I forgot my congratulations! Congrats to Jeremy, you gotta be darn proud of him!

  25. Michelle says:

    Hi Jen!

    I’ve been a lurker here for quite a long time now, 8 months maybe? But I’ve always been nervous to comment, I honestly don’t know why. Anyways, I’m commenting now since you’re going to be in my area, San Jose!

    I absolutely recommend Pan Tao. The dim sum is amazing and consistent every time. Thus far, the quality beats all the other places I have eaten. If you decide to go here, I suggest you arrive by 10:30. By 11, there’s already people waiting for tables.

    Another commenter suggested Koi Palace in Daly City, and I want to point out the wait for a table here can be very long, sometimes up to hours! So if you do venture to Daly City, show up early as well!

    Also, congrats to Jeremy! Astrophysics, that’s amazing!

    I hope you enjoy your visit!

    Pan Tao
    1686 S Wolfe Rd
    Sunnyvale, CA 94087
    (408) 737-9976

  26. Maya says:

    Yay Jeremy!!!!
    That chili looks good for anytime of the day, Jen! A blog a day…..I am looking forward to it.

  27. Patricia Scarpin says:

    I do love sweets, Jen, but it’s always great to find recipes like this one here – inspiration for my dinners! Yay!

  28. Debbie Green says:

    Congrats to Jeremy…..glad you are staying in Colorado.. Love your pictures!

  29. Manggy says:

    Ahrrr! And to think we’ll be in the same STATE at the same time!!! Ahrrr! Ahrrr!!! :(
    Anyway, congratulations to Jeremy! And I’m glad for you both. Especially since you’ll be able to stay in the place you love! Yay! And I’m happy too that your guts can take more kinds of food now!

  30. Tartelette says:

    Obviously I can’t help with the recommendations, just wanted to say “Yeah!” for Jeremy again and glad to hear you are staying in Colorado because you are the only one I know there for future visits (do’t shake your head yet, it might happen!!).
    Jeremy sounds like Bill when I live so like you I prepare a few easy meals for him to warm up and when I get home I hear that he’s been invited to dinner left and right so the food is still there!

    I love your sweets but I am a devotee of your savories. Everytime I am in the mood for Asian, I hit your blog first. Not to mention that awesome steak marinade!!

  31. Manisha says:

    I waved bye-bye to my dreams of the queen of the night for a few seconds there! Congrats to Jeremy! It’s nice to hear that CU does have what it takes to keep the smart ones around!

    And yes, Colorado is beautiful. I wanted to thwock my friend from Illinois who said: “why would anyone move here? Look around you – everything is dry and brown.”

    And woohoo for NaBloWriMo. I don’t dig the breast awareness thing either for similar reasons. Not me personally but I am “high risk.”

    Have fun with Grandma!

  32. jenyu says:

    Rosa – it’s not a bad chili, but I definitely prefer the red kind :)

    Mollie – that’s a clever trick, freezing after marinating. The beef industry must love you, girl! Yeah, I noticed you had white chili on your blog! Are we twins? Are you secretly Chinese?

    Jennywenny – yup, I understand. I’m wondering at what point I will fall off the wagon (or is it get on the wagon? I don’t know…) Aw, you’re so sweet. I’m sure WV is naturally beautiful, but yeah… I’m not living there.

    Fiona – the good news is you can make it as soupy or sludgey as you like! Thanks :)

    Mary – thanks for the rec and the congrats. I’m also glad to stay in CO!

    Luann – duly noted. Thanks so much for the suggestion. This is great!

    Tawnia – yeah, my guy is somewhat fearful of creamy white condiments. His grandparents are from the midwest…

    Judy – Oh, that sounds good! We are hankering for a trip to NM too. Just too much travel going on.

    Barbara – honey, if I could take my Grandma to Oz, I would. She’s love it there – but at 87 she is starting to slow down. xxoo

    WC – thanks, dear! WV might look good to you guys, but I bet it wouldn’t feel as good as CO for us :)

    Mimi – thanks! Another lip balm hoarder, yay :)

    Melissa – true dat :) thank you. appears to be lots of gals who prep food for their partners before leaving town!

    Susy – thank you :)

    EY – awesome, thanks for the rec!!

    Bridget – thank you, hon :) I have a couple of suppliers: my aunt (in NM) and my ILs (who drive to NM at least once a month from CO b/c they have work and family to take care of there). We saw some hatch chiles being roasted as we drove through… a small town in SW Colorado, but I trust NM chiles more and we have plenty. There isn’t great take out here in our small town and Jeremy wouldn’t spend the money on it anyway. He’d make something, but I have the time to cook and he doesn’t, so I may as well do it since I cook better than he does ;)

    Lori – wicked! Social workers are important. They perform jobs that have immediate impact on people’s lives. Astronomy is an exotic study that is good for our knowledge and understanding, but doesn’t impact you directly. Although it is astronomy that is responsible for the CCD in our dSLR cameras!

    GSG – thanks!

    Susan at SGCC – yeah, and I know you’ll be more likely to visit me here than in WV :) Wow, I prefer the red chili, but the white chili is definitely healthier and a nice change.

    Chez Us – Yeah, when are you guys gonna blow through town? I have so many people I’d love to meet up with in the bay area, but it won’t happen as long as I’m visiting with Grandma. I am the Dedicated Good Chinese Granddaughter and all of my time while in San Jose is for her :) That’s why I need you all to make a pilgrimage to Boulder! xxoo

    Lisa – girlfriend, you are amazing. I think I love you :) Thanks!!! And I visited your site. I love your puppy too!!! Kaweah wants to play.

    Margie – thanks. I’m pretty pleased with CO and… I *hate* moving. I’ve moved across the country enough times that I don’t need to do that again.

    Maja – ha ha, you might not be loving the way I write halfway through the month. It may become (more) mindless drivel by then ;) Yes, buttercream frostings are a GREAT way to use up egg whites. It’s important to have recipes for egg yolks and egg whites. I used to have too many egg yolks until I discovered creme brulee and ice cream!

    Mrs E – oh, you’re sweet. Thanks!! I’ll just be visiting with Grandma for 5 days :)

    Michelle – oh hon, I hope you don’t feel nervous now that you’ve commented. Welcome to the comment page! It’s so funny that you recommend Pan Tao because THAT is where we go for dim sum whenever we visit Grandma. They are excellent in price and quality to be sure. I didn’t know if there were better places, but it is great to know we found a winner. Thanks so much! Makes me feel better :)

    Maya – Thanks! Okay, you guys who are excited about a post a day – I hope you don’t see me unravel ;) xxoo

    Patricia – oh good, I sometimes worry that folks don’t care for the savories. Glad it’s useful to some!

    Debbie – thanks!

    Mark – I KNOW! How could you test in LA when I’m in the bay area?!?! ;) Just kidding, dear. I can’t really explain spending time with other friends in the bay area b/c Grandma is really really important to me. I have lots of friends there whom I haven’t seen in the 16 years Grandma has lived there b/c of this… I bet they hate me now. No they don’t… I think ;) Yes, my guts are much better now.

    Tartelette – it had better happen, honey! :) Unlike Bill, Jeremy doesn’t get invited to dinner because none of our friends around here cook! But you already knew that. When are you going to move out here with your funny head and all? ;) xxoo

    Manisha – my dear, you will DEFINITELY get your Queen of the Night. I just plucked it today and placed it in a glass of water to take root. Yes, thwack her for me too! xxoo

  33. Kitt says:

    Hey, glad you’re doing NaBloWriMo! Did you email Amy? I don’t see you on the list. (Even if you don’t want the lip balm, it’s nice to know who’s participating. But you should want it. Her stuff is awesome.)

    I’m glad you’re staying in Colorado. I’m guessing the quality and variety of food markets would be a disappointment. Not to mention the shorter ski runs. Yay for Jeremy’s job! (I’m guessing maybe you know David Grinspoon, too, though he’s not at CU anymore.)

    Have fun in the Bay Area! I’m taking notes for the next time I’m out there.

    Thanks for the chile recipe. I’m committed to green chile this weekend (just got a big slab o’ pork for it), but I’ll save this for future reference. I buy roasted Hatch chiles in bulk and freeze them.

  34. Kevin says:

    That white chili looks so tasty!

  35. Meeta says:

    Congrats to Jeremy! Like you my cooking style changes in the cooler months – I too look forward to stews, ragouts and roasts. I just made a batch of killer chutney for the roasts of the next months LOL!

    I have never given white chili much thought – the red one is what always satisfies me the most. But now seeing this I think I could like it.

  36. Anita says:

    Hey Jen,

    Belated congrats to Jeremy! Smart enough to get all these offers…and smart enough to have nabbed you! It looks like you already have a ton of recs for Bay Area, but I’ll throw in my two cents and say I love Loon Wah in Cupertino and Fook Yuen in Millbrae for dim sum as well…Koi Palace is great but as people said it can get REALLY crowded, even for Chinese restaurant standards. I’m Cantonese and love my dim sum and fresh seafood, but if you want other Chinese regional there are many other choices. I agree that South Bay and Peninsula are better choices for good Chinese food – in SF it’s sort of become a bunch of hole-in-the-wall stalwarts that haven’t changed their menus in decades, or it’s all awful gluey cornstarchy tourist crap. great to hear you’re making a return trip out west!

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  38. bee says:

    congratulations, jeremy!!! that is great news.

  39. bee says:

    dunno about cupertino etc though i used to live there, but saratoga downtown has a restaarant called “hong’s” that i really like.

  40. peabody says:

    That is fantastic. Congrats to Jeremy!
    Yay for getting to stay in Colorado. I would hate to think you had to move to the land of the Big Ear. Yuck.

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  42. Nate says:

    aiyah, wish I had seen this post earlier.

    Don’t go to Hong Kong Saigon. Not that good. I recommend Dynasty Seafood on Story Rd in San Jose.

    I have a Top 10 list of favorite places we like to eat at in the South Bay:

  43. Passionate Eater says:

    Oops, I just commented on another blog post about some good sites, many of which are repeats (eg. Koi Palace). If you are in the SF area, check out Shanghai Dumpling King, RNG Lounge, and if you are in Berkeley, check out Hong Kong East Ocean.

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  45. jenyu says:

    Kitt – thanks for the kick in the pants! I finally commented when it was too late to join and she let me in! What a sweetheart. I’m a total dork and didn’t read the rule ;) Don’t know D. Grinspoon… ?? Just copy down Lisa’s comments on Chinese and sushi joints, she ROCKS! My aunt and MIL supply us with green chiles :) Good stuff!!

    Kevin – thanks!

    Meeta – oooh, me too – love cool weather cooking! I like the red more, but white is fun from time to time :)

    Anita – awww, you’re sweet. Thanks for the recs. I have a file that I maintain because we visit Grandma at least a couple times a year and so do her 4 daughters! One day I *promise* that I will make time to visit with you. Just that, you know, all of my friends in the bay area have been neglected since Grandma moved there 16 years ago!

    Bee – thanks, love!

    Peabody – the Big Ear? ha ha, you’ll have to explain that one to me some day.

    Nate – thanks for your input! Duly noted for the next trip. Awesome!

    Passionate Eater – no biggie, I appreciate the recs!! thanks so much :)

  46. susan says:

    hi there! just discovered your blog today and i’m loving it. i was just perusing through and got to this post about your astrophysicist in colorado. what a coincidence – my brother is also a thirty-something astrophysicist in colorado!

  47. jenyu says:

    Susan – how cool :) Thanks for dropping by!

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  50. Susan says:

    I just want to share how grateful I am for this recipe. We have enjoyed it in my household for 13+ years and we never get tired of it. We top it with avocado and cilantro, wedges of lime, and bean chips. Tonight I am making a double batch (<this is usually what we do). Thank you so much for sharing this recipe and blessing my family with it.

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