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Chicken enchilada soup
- 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
- 1 tbs vegetable oil
- ½ cup diced onion
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 qt chicken broth
- 1 cup masa harina (corn flour)
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup enchilada sauce
- 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- In a large pot over medium heat, cook chicken breasts in oil until browned on all sides. Remove and set aside.
- Cook onion and garlic in remaining oil until onions are translucent. Pour in chicken broth.
- In a bowl, whisk together masa harina and 2 cups water until well blended. Pour into pot with remaining 1 cup water, enchilada sauce, cheese, salt, chili powder and cumin. Bring to a boil.
- Shred cooked chicken and add to the pot. Reduce heat and simmer 30 to 40 minutes, until thickened.
Natural, non-toxic outdoor pest control
Eliminating standing water goes a long way to curbing these suckers. Also try:
- planting lemongrass, also known as citronella;
- adding potted marigolds to seating areas — mosquitos hate their scent;
- combining one part cinnamon, castor oil or eucalyptus oil with ten parts alcohol for a homemade repellant spray; and
- applying concentrated garlic extract mixed with water and a binder like olive oil as a yard spray every two weeks.
Gnats breed in decomposing plant matter, so keep mulch and soil covered with a dry top layer. Also:
- add a few drops of dish soap to an open container of vinegar for a homemade gnat trap;
- keep damp, shady areas well-aerated to prevent fungal growth;
- dab vanilla extract on skin or clothing to keep swarms away; and
- try sodium vapor outdoor lighting to reduce attraction.
Ants don’t just invade picnics: they’re drawn to all sorts of garden plants. Halt their march by:
- spreading coffee grounds throughout planted areas — they hate the smell;
- drawing a line of chalk around doors, windows and other entry points (they won’t cross it);
- planting fragrant herbs like lavender, rosemary or sage, which ants find repulsive.
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