143.4…Buffalo Chicken Chili

I brought the crockpot out on Friday and made something delicious in it for dinner.

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Buffalo Chicken Chili. As you know, I love hot wings. Anything promising to taste like hot wings is a winner in my book. Plus, one of the ingredients is Franks Hot Sauce. I was sold.

Buffalo Chicken Chili

Recipe from Kelly’s Healthified Kitchen (Original Recipe: My Bizzy Kitchen)

Printable Recipe

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 stalks celery, diced

1/2 large red bell pepper, diced

2 tsp minced garlic

2 1/2 Tbsp of chili powder

1 Tbsp ground cumin

1/2 Tbsp paprika

1/4 cup Frank’s Hot Sauce

1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce

1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes

1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained

1 (15 oz.) can chili beans in sauce (do not drain)

salt and pepper to taste

Optional toppings: sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, diced onions, whatever you want!

Add all ingredients to slow cooker and cook on high for 3 hours. Shred chicken with two forks. Done.

It was so good, I had it for lunch on Saturday too!

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I woke up on Saturday not feeling very good. :( Sniffling, sneezing, all the good stuff. I skipped spin class in hopes that if I rested, my body would feel better. We had a wedding to go to that night and I wanted to be in tip top shape.

I think it worked because by the afternoon, I was feeling much better. Now, the weather….that was another story. It poured rain all day. I kept thinking about the poor bride.

The wedding was held at the Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla. A beautiful location overlooking the ocean. I’m sure on a sunny day, it would have been magnificent. My husband and I arrived and he dropped me off in front and I waited for him while he parked.

The ceremony had been moved inside but you could still see the ocean. Even though it was raining, it was still beautiful. When the ceremony ended, I headed to the bar for some wine. There were a couple of passed appetizers but my attention was paid to the cheese table. I wish I had a photograph of it. There must have been more than a dozen different kinds of cheese to choose from. Wine and cheese=best combination in the world.

After a bit of mingling, we sat down to dinner. Check out the cocktail napkin: “Eat, Drink and Be Married!”

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The first course was a Field Green Salad with Baby Greens, Pine Nuts, Feta, Golden Raisins and Balsamic Vinaigrette with an Onion Tart.

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The main course was a choice between beef or fish and I chose the fish. 

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Pan Seared Sea Bass with Toasted Tangerine Sauce & Fennel-Orange Confit, Grilled Vegetable Stack and Three Cheese Potato Gratin.

Of course the dessert was my favorite.

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Mini cupcakes! Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream, Cherry Cheesecake and Key Lim Tartlet. I went back for seconds. :)

Even though it was raining, the sunset was beautiful. The bride and groom were taking photos outside under an umbrella which I thought was a cute idea.

When we got home, the kids were still up and wired on all the sugar the sitter let them eat. Once we got them into bed, we crashed ourselves. :)

This morning I ate some old bread for breakfast. While trying to eat through my freezer in preparation for needed space for Thanksgiving, I found part of a loaf of buttermilk wheat bread dated two years old. Yes. Two years. I decided to eat it anyway.

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And it still tasted good. So stop making faces at the computer screen.  I know exactly what face that is….the same one my husband made when he saw the date on the bag.  I cooked up some egg beaters and added them, along with a slice of cheese, to my toasted bread. Delish!

Then it was time to get dressed, packed up and head out the door to the train station. I’m going to Los Angeles to visit with my family and celebrate my brother’s birthday. I see some more wine in my future today. :)

On the train, I brought a lunch:

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Turkey sandwich, an apple and Wheat Thins. Is anyone else addicted to Wheat Thins like I am? Once I start, I cannot stop.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

What are your favorite toppings for chili?

For those of you who are married, what was the weather like on your wedding day? I got married on July 19th in Santa Monica. It started out cloudy but ended up being a beautiful day!


  1. Mmm, I am on the biggest chili kick this fall - this one sounds like a great variation!

    And yes, I'm addicted to wheat thins too... perhaps crumbled up on top of chili?!

  2. Chili sounds good! I have been loving having soups around lately. I will have to try yours.

    I got married October 23rd, 2010 in Lancaster, Pa-- Surprisingly it was 70 degrees, Sunny & Calm! Perfect for a fall outdoor wedding!

  3. I got married Sept 1, 2007 on my husbands 30th b-day! It was a beautiful sunny day luckily since our ceremony was outside with no plan B!!

  4. I'm like you...I tend to use expiration dates as more of a guide not an absolute. Idda ate the bread in a second. My wedding day was July 10. It started out a bit gloomy but the sun burst through right when our ceremony started. Perfect. I've been to a wedding at that La Jolla location. It was February and it was chilly but a miracle that it didn't rain and they got to have it outside.

  5. Glad you liked the chili Melissa! Everyone I know who has made it has loved it - I mean, come on, it has Frank's hot sauce in it, what's not to love?

    I was married on December 22 - on the beach in Naples, Florida - blue skies and gorgeous sunset!

    We celebrated 10 years last year - time flies!


  6. Oct 26, in Phoenix at the Wrigley Mansion...just a little over 15 yrs ago, yikes! the day started out beautiful, and over the afternoon, the temps dropped from 80 to about 40, the thunderstorms and rain rolled in, - then just before the ceremony it let up and the rainbows came out before it got dark. the gods were up to something that night!

  7. I SO crinkled my nose about your 2 year old bread. What do you use to store all your food in your freezer? I feel like, regardless of what I use, things get freezer burned fairly easily.

  8. @Melissa
    I posted some freezer tips here: http://www.melissalikestoeat.com/2011/04/1394-oreo-stuffed-chocolate-chip.html

    I use freezer bags and wrap things really well in plastic wrap and in foil. Air is the enemy. Good luck!!


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