Difference between: coffee and decaf coffee

Okay folks, small blog update before I get into this one.

I started a new job this week. 

I’ve transitioned from being a freelance writer on the side, to being an actual, full-time, writer and editor for a well known marketing company. This is awesome.

In lieu of the big changes happening in my life, I thought it was time to take a gander at the Difference Between category on this blog – the one I post in the most frequently.

I started this blog in April of 2013. (Three year anniversary!) My first Difference Between post was in July of 2013, on Russian dressing and Thousand Island dressing. I’ve done a Difference Between post once a week, with few exceptions, for two years and nine months. 

And I think it’s time to switch it up.

I have an idea of what I want to take my once-a-week post place, but I’m not sure enough to announce it just yet.

In the meantime! Feel free to continue emailing me with Difference Between post ideas, because I’ll probably pick it up at some point.

Here’s the last Difference Between post for awhile: coffee versus decaf coffee.

Photo credit: TheCoffeeExchange.Inc.
Photo credit: TheCoffeeExchange.Inc.

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Beef chipotle burritos

Oh my gosh. This is so. Good.

And if you try to stay away from red meat, I bet it works great with chicken too.

Thank you to Better Homes and Gardens for this one, and a hat tip to FlavorMosiac.com for the salsa topping.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless beef round steak
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 3 chipotle peppers with adobo sauce, minced (come in 7 oz cans)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 6 (9 or 10 inch) flour tortillas
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (optional, seriously tastes great without it)
  • Pico de Gallo salsa*

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*Pico de Gallo salsa – this is the recipe I use, which I love, but by all means use a different one if you wish. Once again this is from FlavorMosiac.com, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite recipe sites.

Ingredients:

  • 3 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp salt

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Use your judgement here – keep your own personal preference in mind in terms of spiciness (remember, the beef has chipotle peppers in it, which is also spicy), and the size of the vegetables can of course vary greatly. The recipe calls for one onion but I didn’t end up using the whole thing. Also, you can omit the salt if you really want to.

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Difference between: cappuccino and latte

Definitions:

  • Cappuccino: a hot beverage consisting of espresso coffee and steamed milk, often served with powdered cinnamon and topped with whipped cream.
  • Latte: hot espresso with steamed milk, usually topped with foamed milk.
Photo credit: Drink.SeriousEats.com
Photo credit: Drink.SeriousEats.com

And since they both include espresso…

  • Espresso: a strong coffee prepared by forcing live steam under pressure, or boiling water, through ground dark-roast coffee beans.

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Chicken fiesta soup

Mmm, chicken fiesta soup.

If it’s seemed like I’ve done a lot of slow cooker recipes lately…it’s because I’ve done a lot of slow cooker recipes lately. Anyone else just not feel like cooking when you get home from work lately?

I can’t decide if I like this recipe better than the chipotle chicken soup, which happens to be from the same cookbook.

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can stewed tomatoes, drained
  • 2 (4 oz) cans chopped green chiles
  • 1 (28 oz) can enchilada sauce
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
  • 1 yellow squash, diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • tortilla strips, for garnish (optional)
  • 8 oz shredded Cheddar cheese (optional)

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