Chicken Tortilla Soup on a Frosty Kansas Night

3 11 2011

Evelyn McIver
Buhler, Kansas

Last night was really the first truly “frosty” night here in Kansas, and we had an invitation to Jim & Evelyn McIver’s home for dinner…one of my favorite evening activities, by the way.  Evelyn had prepared this delicious soup from a recipe she got from her sister-in-law, Pat Franz. She served it with some fresh, homemade bread and a delicious pumpkin dessert…but the soup was definitely the star of the show!

3 T. parsley
3 T. lime juice
3 T. olive oil
3 T. minced onion
3 t. cumin
3 c. chicken broth (ok to use 1/2 to 3/4 c. more broth if desired)
1/8 t. salt
1 can tomato paste
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes
3 cans Bush’s black beans, DO NOT DRAIN
3 c. corn
3 chicken breasts, cooked, chopped but not too fine

Combine all ingredients in a crock pot.  Add chicken last and do not stir too much to break up.  Simmer gently for several hours or on low all day.

Serve with optional toppings:  tortilla chips, Monterrey Jack or Mozerella cheese, avacados


I agree!  I’ve made several versions of Chicken Tortilla Soup and this was wonderfully rich!  You could top with some shredded cheese, sour cream, avacados or ??? but honestly, it doesn’t need it!  Evelyn just served with some crunchy tortilla chips on the side.  Wonderful!  Thanks much!

118 N Main, Buhler, KS 67522

BBQ Parfaits

3 11 2011

BBQ Parfaits featuring Roy’s BBQ Pulled Pork! Yum!

Adrians Boutique recently served this delicious dish at our “He Hunts…I SHOP Adrians” Event.  This should be easy to recreate at your own family gathering or holiday event.  Start with great BBQ!  We ordered ours from one of the most recognized BBQ Pit Masters in the US…and are so lucky to have Roy’s Hickory Pit BBQ right here in our area!

We used 9 oz clear plastic cups, which I think is just about the right size for ladies…you might want to have some larger cups available if you’re feeding hungry guys!

Here’s what we did… ordered delicious baked beans and pulled pork from Roy’s. You could certainly do your own version.  The potatoes were delicious! (Recipe follows for Marvelous Mashed Potatoes).  Scoop baked beans into the bottom of the cup.  Top with a scoop of Marvelous Mashed Potatoes, then some pulled pork (beef would work well too), then drizzled BBQ sauce over the meat.  Next we topped it off with a nice rounded scoop (using our largest ice cream or cookie scoop) of potatoes.  Then drizzled with a little more BBQ sauce and garnished it with a little sprinkle of parsley flakes.  Serve cup on a plate, or wrapped in a napkin, as it will be really hot!

Hope your family enjoys this fun version of a BBQ meal as much as our clients did!

Marvelous Mashed Potatoes


12 servings of instant mashed potatoes, prepare as directed (we use Idahoan Brand)
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup cour cream
1/2 cup butter, plus a little more for topping
1/2 tsp garlic powder or salt
3 T. Country home Creations “BLT Dip Mix” plus more for garnishing (about 1/3 packet)
(We have also used Wind & Willow’s BLT mix with excellent results)
Disposable slow cooker liners*


Prepare instant mashed potatoes as directed. Add cream cheese, sour cream, butter, garlic, and 3 T. BLT Dip Mix. Stir thoroughly. Place in a slow cooker lined with a disposable crock pot liner. Depending on the time available, heat on low or high until piping hot. This is a great recipe for the holidays, as it eliminates making those mashed potatoes at the last minute and trying to keep them hot.

This is a very easy to prepare and fun to serve dish for a family gathering, work party, or event, expecially if it is a come & go style party. They can just help themselves!

Please let us know if you have any questions, or comments!  We love to hear from our clients!

Adrians Boutique
118 N Main,Buhler, KS 67522