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January, 2014:

Sausage and Black Bean Soup


Sausage and Black Bean Soup with Quesadillas

Sausage and Black Bean Soup

Taken from the 1999 book CookingLight 5 Ingredient, 15 Minute Cookbook

Cooking spray/olive oil
12 oz turkey kielbasa sausage, sliced
2 green sliced and diced green bell peppers
around 14-16oz of fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 can of no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup picante sauce or salsa
bunch of chopped cilantro
Completely optional: Frozen corn, frozen onions, chopped. [about 1/2 cup each more or less]

  1. Coat a medium saucepan with the cooking spray/olive oil, place over medium-high heat. Add sausage. Cook according to package directions. Cover pan. Let cook. 5 mins?
  2. Add in frnz onions and diced green bell peppers. Cook couple of mins.
  3. Add in frnz corn, beans, salsa and chicken broth. Mix well and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer on low. While simmering, make quesadillas…

Speedy Quesadillas

Having a cast iron skillet is ideal for this, but you can make do with normal skillets just fine.


Cooking spray
whole wheat tortillas
reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
bunch of finely sliced and chopped green onions
Set oven to lowest setting if you are making more than 2 quesadillas…


  1. Lightly coat skillet with spray and put on stove at just over medium heat.
  2. Place one tortilla in skillet.
  3. Add cheese and green onions. Spread out over tortilla. Don’t pile on, you just want enough to make a light covering.
  4. Place second tortilla on top. Flip after 2 to 2 1/2 mins.
  5. Remove after another 2-2 1/2 mins. Repeat with as many as you need.
  6. Try to keep qusadillas warm… put on plate and keep in oven until finished making all you need.
  7. Remove from oven an cut into quarters.

Serve soup into bowls with quesadillas on side.


Putting Up My Work Portfolio

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Well I finally did it. Got some of my design work up on a hosted place, Behance, where it can be viewed on the web. Not the prettiest format, but I’m made headway and got it OUT. First step, in a long time.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out the tab at the top of the page, “Work Portfolio”. Click that and then come back when you’ve finished looking around…

I am, of course, completely not happy with it… Without a doubt I chalk it up to having not wanting to think about it. There is a lot, a LOT of work that I’ve done and shuffling through it all, organizing, curating, and then writing about it is completely overwhelming. And trying to do this after a busy day at the office is, well, pretty exhausting.

Funny thing about it all though is that I feel really good about having made this first step. It is a big weight it off my shoulders, a release. I’m in shock by just how much there is! Holy cow. Clearly I’ve gone for the shot gun approach right now, spraying a bit of everything up there. Over time I’ll whittle it down and improve what I put up.

The cool thing about this Behance site is that they have a section that can convert the online portfolio locker into a pretty slick website. I may eventually move to that or figure out away to replicate it and then put it on my other website, Until then, I’m feeling great so far with what I’ve done.

What do you think?