“Weird Tales” News

“I am very sad to have to tell you that my editorship at Weird Tales, which has included one Hugo Award win and three Hugo Award nominations, is about to come to an end. The publisher, John Betancourt of Wildside Press, is selling the magazine to Marvin Kaye. Kaye is buying the magazine because he wants to edit it himself. He will not be retaining the staff from my tenure.” – Ann VanderMeer from this article.

Pretty damn surprising.  Will be interesting to see where Weird Tales goes next.


From the Stove #5: Chicken Tortilla Soup

From the Stove

It’s been a while since I did a “From the Stove,” so I know it’s been overdue.  Fortunately, this particular one represents our foray into making chicken tortilla soup, and the results were totally worth it.  Came out delicious; so much so we made it again a couple weeks later.

Here’s the recipe from allrecipes.com:


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup whole corn kernels, cooked
  • 1 cup white hominy
  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • crushed tortilla chips
  • sliced avocado
  • shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • chopped green onions


  1. In a medium stock pot, heat oil over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic in oil until soft. Stir in chili powder, oregano, tomatoes, broth, and water. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in corn, hominy, chiles, beans, cilantro, and chicken. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Ladle soup into individual serving bowls, and top with crushed tortilla chips, avocado slices, cheese, and chopped green onion.

Naturally, the perfect dish never follows the exact recipe, but involves some “tinkering.”  In this case, did cumin instead of oregano, and skipped hominy, added more corn.  For the fancy “tortilla” effect, we just crushed up tortilla chips, and came out just fine.


Here the chicken breasts cook in the delicious smelling mix.

Soup 1


Addition of corn and necessary spices

Soup 2


Then beans, chilies, and tomatoes

Soup 3


The results came out great . . .

Soup 4


. . . And tasted absolutely delicious

Soup 5