How to… make an insta-classic meal

So, I live with a man. A man-boy who eats almost nothing but meat. A man-boy who, if judging only by his food choices, you would think was 12 years old. Making dinner that is tasty and satisfying and even remotely healthy and that Alex will eat is often a challenge.

I found this chili recipe over at Smitten Kitchen and I tried my hand at it. Since I’m not really into following recipes, this is more of an interpretation of the original recipe, but we like it over here at Chez Glam. In fact, I made it almost every Monday night, and we take left-overs for lunch all week. We may be boring, but at least we’re fed and boring.

With out further ado, I give you:

Chez Glam’s Turkey Chili That Even Man-Boys Will Eat, I Promise

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

You will need:

  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, chopped or pressed
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2.5-3 pounds of extra lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 c. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp plus 2 tsp of unsweetened coco powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp crumbled dry oregano
  • 1 tbsp ground red pepper
  • 1-15 oz. can of diced tomatoes (I use Hunt’s)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup low sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 tbsp Apple cider vinegar (regular vinegar will work, too)
  • 1-15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
To make:
Spread the oil on the bottom of a 5 quart pot (I use a Le Creuset), heat over medium heat, and add the onions. Cook the onions for about 7 minutes, or until translucent and soft. Add the garlic, carrots, and celery and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the turkey, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until there is no more pink.
Add your spices: chili powder, coco powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, and red pepper. Stir in well, and cook for another minute or two. Add the diced tomato, apple cider vinegar and broth, and bring to a light boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer, covered, for 25 to 30 minutes. Add the black beans and bell peppers, and simmer for 10-15 more minutes. (Until the bell peppers are soft). Remove from heat and salt to taste. (I use about 2 tsp).



Wine is optional. Sort of. Not really. I highly recommend it.

Categories: archive, cooking, dinner

How to… take the weekend off from fashion (and love it)

So this weekend, I took a break from fashion. To be honest, I took a break from sanity, and I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun.

A few months ago, I signed up to do the Spartan Sprint in Malibu with my trainer and a few others from my gym. Not only did I sign up, but I signed up for the Hurricane Heat, which takes place at 5:00am.


At dawn on Saturday morning, I ran. I ran with a team of 36 and we completed a 5-mile obstacle course together. I swam through a pond in all of my clothes, crawled through not one, but two drain pipes, carried a blindfolded team-mate though a swamp, jumped over a fire pit, climbed up a purposely greased up wall, and crawled under the world’s longest barbed-wire crawl while some douche bag sprayed me down with a fully pressurized fire hose. I did this all before 8 in the morning.

It was physically demanding, sure, but I’ve trained hard for months. Physically, I could do it all. But what I didn’t realize that I was facing my largest mental and emotional challenge in a long, long time.

There came a point, during the very last obstacle (the damned barbed wire crawl), where I had to make a choice: pull myself together, deal with the pain, finish, OR quit. I chose to finish. Soaking wet, freezing, bruised beyond recognition, I chose to finish, because that is what Spartans do. That is what I do.

Me and my “Monday night crew” – I train with these women every week, and I couldn’t have done this without them.

Annnndddd… the aftermath, this morning:

… and I’ve got more on the other leg to match. Not to mention the scratches on my elbows, shoulders, and stomach.

Because, as I like to say, don’t let the cutesy outfits fool you; I’m tougher than I look.

Categories: archive, hardcore, random, working out

How to… die of cuteness.

It’s decided: Cats are the new black.

I’d like to introduce you to my two cats, Harold and Maude. These photos are a bit old (I took these when I lived in Davis for school) but honestly, they kind of look exactly the same.


This is Harold. He is sort of dumb. Every single night he starts in the kitchen, breaks into a dead run into the bedroom and jumps squarely into the bedroom window. SMACK INTO IT. EVERY NIGHT. Oh, Harry. It’s a good thing you’re cute.

This is Maude. She looks cute and fluffy, but she is kind of a grump. I still like to cuddle her, and I have the cat scratch scars to prove it.

Okay. Fine. I’m a crazy cat woman. How could you not be, when you come home to these two everyday?

Categories: archive, cats, family, not fashion related, random

I’m Featured at Consider Me Lovely!

Hey guys, guess what?! I’m featured over on Consider Me Lovely on her Your Body Is Fabulous feature! It’s a fantastic feature! Every week, she asks different style bloggers about what makes their bodies FABULOUS. Isn’t that just the best?

Rocquelle is one of my favorite style bloggers and it’s an honor to be featured. Go check it out!

Rocquelle in the most amazing vintage silk Ferragamo pants. She’s such a beauty!

Categories: archive, blogging, community, feature
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