Something Geeky Something Girly: Make your own Muppet & Tortilla Soup!

by Meg on August 30, 2010

Something Geeky

Make your own Muppet Whatnot!

In anticipation of my trip to NYC next week, I’ve been looking at some of the things I want to do while I’m there.  One of them is to make my own Muppet Whatnot at FAO Schwarz!  That is, as long as I don’t decide that I can’t really justify the money to make one.  The good news is that if I decide to hold off, the online store is back up from the last time I checked.**

**Last time being a year ago.

Now for only $99 (used to be $150) you can create your own Muppet Whatnot online!

My ongoing issue with ever making any sort of avatar is do I make it look like me?  Or create something new?

Something Girly

Tortilla Soup!

I’ve made this a few times recently (for a dinner date and when I got sick last week) and it had been so long since the last time, I really had forgotten how tasty and easy it is to make!  I hate to chalk up the taste of my soup to a store bought product, but the spices in the Rotel just does the soup right.  Well, maybe the Rotel, copious amounts of cilantro, and the tortilla strips.


-Carton of low sodium chicken broth
-Can of low sodium diced tomatoes
-Can of Rotel diced tomatoes with chilies (doesn’t HAVE to be Rotel, just get a can with chilies!)
-Fresh cilantro
-Red onion (many would go white here, but I like the flavor of red better)
-1-3 cloves of garlic depending on much you like garlic
-Olive oil
-Corn tortillas


1) Dice the onion and garlic.  Put the olive oil in a pan over medium heat with the onion and garlic.  I add cilantro for flavor.

2) When the onions get soft (and start to change color) – add the chicken stock and the cans of tomatoes.  Bring to a boil and let boil for 3-5 minutes.

3) Cover the soup and let it summer over low heat for about 20 minutes.

4) As the soup simmers, prepare the tortilla strips.  Take 2-3 corn tortillas (depending on how big your pan is) and cut them into long strips.  Add about 1/2 Tbsp of olive oil per 2 tortillas.  Over medium heat, constantly sauté the strips until they get hard and wrinkly (for MAXIMUM yum factor).

5) Once strips are cool, serve yourself a delicious bowl of tortilla soup!  Add more cilantro for garnish and OF COURSE put some tortilla strips on top!  Enjoy!!

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