Archive for January, 2016

Butternut-Squash and Kale Chicken Soup

By From • Jan 31st, 2016 • Category: Blog Entries.Local
Winter’s not over yet! This hearty soup will heat you up with the spicy kick of jalapenos! Not a fan?  Leave them out, and this savory soup will still become a regular “go-to” recipe! 


– 1 lb. cubed, boneless, skinless chicken breast
– 1 Tbs olive oil
– 2 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
– 2 Tbs minced garlic
– 1 cup chopped yellow onion
– 1 Tbs minced jalapeno peppers (optional)
– 1 tsp. ground cumin
– 1 tsp. dried oregano
– 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
– 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
– 4 cups unsalted chicken stock
– 2 cups kale, chopped
– 3 Tbs parsley

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place chicken breasts in an oven-safe pan and bake for 20 minutes (or until cooked through). Once baked, let cool and cube. Set aside.

Heat a large dutch oven or large sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and swirl to coat. Add squash and sauté for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned on all sides, stirring frequently. Remove squash from dutch oven and set aside. 

Add garlic and next 6 ingredients (through kosher salt) to your pan; sauté until vegetables are tender. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 10 minutes. 

Add reserved squash to the pan, along with the kale and chicken. Cook until heated through. Add parsley and serve! Enjoy! 

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“It’s not a short-term diet; it’s a long-term lifestyle change.” 
– Anonymous

Virginia vs. Alaska

By From • Jan 31st, 2016 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

Prior to the start of the snow from winter storm Jonas last weekend, we received a notice from the range where we shoot…A reminder for all that the Chapter grounds are to be closed to member access at noon today.  This will coincide with the arr…

Living Life Healthy

By From • Jan 31st, 2016 • Category: Blog Entries.Local
With the continuing changes in the Weight Watcher’s program; from counting regular WW points, to their PointsPlus program, and now their SmartPoints program, I have decided to eliminate the total-points calculations from my recipes.  

In a nutshell, my healthy, low-calorie, low-fat recipes will be just that…. healthy, low calorie, and low fat. You don’t have to worry about the recipes now changing to become more unhealthy. It will stay the same, and you will continue to benefit from all the mouth-watering, sweet and savory appetizers, entrées, and dessert recipes that you did before.

Please feel free to share any of these recipes with family, friends, coworkers, and anyone looking to eat better, feel better, and live better! 

Bon Appétit!

Flying Dog Tropical Stout

By From • Jan 31st, 2016 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

After last weekend’s historic snow, and spending a week driving and walking through dirty slush, I was ready for a beer with “Tropical” in its name. While the aroma of barbecued ribs wafted from the oven, I sat down with a glass of Flying Dog Trop…

Five O’Clock Friday: Bud Light Clothing Drive

By From • Jan 29th, 2016 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

I wouldn’t drink the beer, but I’ll laugh at the commercial. An oldie but a goodie.Have a great weekend. Drink good beer.And if you are going to do charity work…
[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

McAuliffe Sees the Writing on the Wall

By From • Jan 28th, 2016 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

A month after Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced he was rescinding Concealed Handgun Permit reciprocity with 25 other states, and just days before the change was to take effect, our anti-gun governor has struck a deal with law makers to r…

Still Here

By From • Jan 28th, 2016 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

I realized that my last entry here was the First Beer of the Blizzard post. Hopefully no one thought we were lost to the storm. After digging out and getting back into the work routine, I’ve not had a chance to do any blog-related stuff — no interesting beer, and no fun shooting outings. Frankly, I’ve simply been too dog-tired when I get home in the evening to grab the laptop and muse. Winter doldrums kicking in I reckon.

There are a couple of new beers in the fridge waiting to be reviewed. I’ve opted to relax with other beers instead, just because I haven’t felt like “working.” I’ll get to those soon, likely this weekend. (Or maybe tonight, now that I’m thinking about them.)

It’s quite frustrating that there’s not been any opportunity to get to the range. Unfortunately, the foul weather caused the cancellation of an IDPA match I had planned to attend last Sunday. Plans for a lunch time trip to the indoor range this week were disrupted by an unscheduled meeting. And most disappointing, the range we shoot at has been deemed “closed until further notice” due to snow, and subsequently, melting snow. We used to shoot in the snow and rain regularly but the club leadership has ruled bad weather shooting as unsafe. Colleen and I, along with a friend, did get out to the range before the snow. That was a good time, but leaves me itching to go again.

On the bright side, there’s less than eight weeks until the start of Spring!

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

Will Cars Be Programmed to Kill?

By From • Jan 25th, 2016 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

Like it or not, cars currently drive themselves around the country. Google’s self-driving car is the most ambitious project which has earned lots of press. But any consumer can already buy a Tesla, which has an autopilot feature for hands-free operation. What will happen when these cars are in life-or-death situations? For example, if the […]

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First Beer of the Blizzard

By From • Jan 22nd, 2016 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

Is fitting…Let’s do this.
[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

Evolution vs Firearms

By From • Jan 21st, 2016 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

I’ve often thought that I’ve heard just about every anti-gun argument there is. In truth, there’s not much new coming from the oppressors of freedom. Or so I thought. Then I came across a web site (mis)titled “Gun Control: A Rational Approach.” The sit…