Sep 04

Steak and Two Bean Chili Soup

By Jessica Thompson | Chili Soup , Recipe

There will be no recipe for this chili. Sorry, recipe lovers! I will however try to break up this pretty simple recipe in to little sections that make sense. If you have a family favorite recipe, there might be some ideas in here to spice it up a little! I like to think of chili soup as a braised (or stewed) beef (I like chopped up stew cuts) with vegetables and beans used as a garnish. And that’s how this version came to life.

For the meats, and chili is all about the meats for me, I like to make a dry mix of spices, sugar, and salt. Here there’s allspice, cinnamon, peppercorns, raw sugar, and star anise. I also made another powder from coriander, fennel seeds, salt, chili flakes, and celery seeds.
After you have the ground spices going, mix them together. As a last touch I like to add some espresso powder. Cut up the steak(s) in to bean-sized pieces and set this all aside.

0809p77-springfield-chili-l_original_originalCombine the dry mixture with the steak bits. Get a big-ass pot hot with some oil in it, and start searing the meat. As it cooks the liquid will release and combine with the dry rub to make a saucy looking mixture.Add some chicken stock now, to calm down the cooking process. We essentially want to braise (or stew) the beef at this point.
In a separate small pot add some smoked meat (these are smoked turkey necks from Nebraska), some stock (I used some veal stock from More Than Gourmet) and enough water to cover the smoked meat. Bring this to a gentle simmer and let it simmer until the following steps are finished (30-45 min).

Meanwhile, caramelize some chopped onions pretty hard (with high heat and a little oil), then turn down the heat and add coarse chopped garlic, and diced Fresno chilies (or others if you like).

Once the vegetables are soft, add a small can of tomato paste and cook out some of the moisture. Whisk some chicken stock into the vegetables to loosen the tasty seared bits. Then, transfer the contents to the main pot.Here is a look at the chili with all the garnishes added. There are black beans, kidney beans, vegetables, fire roasted tomatoes, smoked turkey stock, and lots of flavor. Once everything has come together in the pot, I bring it all to a gentle simmer for 20-30 minutes before serving.

chilis-babThis soup is nice and chunky, like I like it. There is a nice depth of flavors throughout, and pleasant (but not overpowering) heat. This soup is one of my favorites and I have learned it from an old chef in Brooklyn. I must admit that he was a little bit unwilling to share his recipe but he eventually did. As always, I always encourage you to try mixing other ingredients to create your own “version” of this meal. However, note that this is an original recipe and if you want the original flavor, then follow it exactly.

Aug 04

Perks of being a gamer girl

By Jessica Thompson | Gaming

Girls, as well as boys, play video games, and even though it isn’t something ordinary, they are often very skillful players. Gaming as such has numerous benefits for both your mind and your body, and it can help you develop your sense of orientation and contrary to the popular opinion it can actually improve your eyesight. Aside from these benefits in general, gaming has multiple benefits for all of the gamer girls out there.

Playstation 4 xbox addict-7244441. Understanding your boyfriend. Most girls have gamers for boyfriends, and they are often the ones who persuaded them to play video games in the first place. You can only understand your guy when you enter the world of video games, then you will figure out what is it that is so interesting for them that they can’t even message you. Understanding their world which is also yours, means getting closer, spending more time together and playing games with each other which can be kind of interesting.

2. Being a geek isn’t an embarrassing thing. Embrace your inner geek and be proud of it. Being popular is very important for high school and college girls, which means avoiding anything geeky, geeky glasses, geeky wardrobe, geeky behavior, however, you can be both geeky and popular if you are a gamer girl who is excellent at what she does. Play your games and be the best!
3. Be geeky and smart. The fact is that the most gamers are smart people, playing games has much to do with this, it improves your cognitive and psychological health in general. This means better thinking, better grades in school and the possibility of manipulation. Also, you’ll be faster in decision making, and you won’t have a problem with the fast reaction to any movement.

14357136426264. Meeting people. Meeting people is the best part about gaming, and it goes for both gamer boys and girls. Playing games can help you meet friends from all around the world, and you can even make friendships for life that way, or possibly a relationship with a fellow gamer. The best part about player friendships is that they last a long time, and you can let out everything that bothered you during the game with them without having to excuse yourself.

5. Reducing stress levels. Everyday life can be pretty stressful with all the obligations you have during the week especially when it comes to friendships and relationships. Gaming makes a perfect getaway for every gamer girl. You can redirect your anger to your gaming skills, and you will be more motivated and better in each game, and you won’t have to fight or argue with your closest ones.

The best thing about gaming is that it teaches you not to give up no matter what you try. It motivates you and makes you strive towards success. All of this can affect your lifestyle in general, and it will make you a better person, a better friend, better girlfriend and a better gamer. Keep trying and stay focused!

Jul 04


By Jessica Thompson | Business , Fashion Styles


Imagine that in front of your office you run into a colleague in a tiger striped underwear and white sleeveless shirt or in a blazer with glitter. Impossible? Disgusting? Disturbing?
Don’t be so surprised, this is just a joke, but let’s be honest – don’t we all have that one colleague that shows up at work in a weird combination of clothes and shoes, and just make our day funny?
Well, don’t be one of those coworkers. Be creative, and if you are not sure what to wear and how – ask for an opinion of a professionalist.
Here’re a few tips from us.


adjoint-administratifMake a list of what it takes to look as a professionalist in your workplace. Build your business image that will help you to build your career.
Main rules are – dark colors, good quality, and natural material, without sparkling details, shine, and glitter. If you want to be straight business person – choose „T“ which means blazer and bottoms (or a skirt) in the same color, and a shirt in some other color. The second choice is „I“ where pants or skirt and shirt are in the same color, but the blazer is in the other one.


Nowadays, you can see everything marked as a business style. Especially in summer time, when temperatures are high and imagination easy to set free. From light shirts to jewelry that is made only for a scene, over mini skirts two sizes smaller than needed. And the hair! White bones with a hair length to shoulders, in all shapes, and underneath it two hard layers of makeup, which still didn’t cover mustaches. And the nails … Artificial, fat and heavy layered, stuck to the finger and sometimes even covered with flowers.
That’s why we need „Dress code“.

So, to avoid weird attention, follow some basic rules. You always must have in your closet: white shirt, classic pants, a skirt of a proper length, and a blazer. Colors are also very important. The red one is aggressive, dark blue is a trust, gray is conservative and black is a chick. Most of these colors look good combined with suits, skirts, and shoes. Huge jewelry is also inappropriate. Make sure your hair and hands always look great.


4In this case, we are free to say that „A suit does make a man/woman“. In case you „want to sell your story“ to the business market, you need to pack your story in a „hight quality package“ which is, in this case – your body, your clothes, your style, your makeup, your hair, your shoes. It all needs to say – I am a self – confident person! Our dress code does leave a huge impact on people we meet, whether in business or personal life. So make sure you are dressed the best you can be. What you wear is a part of your personality.

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