I am working on an idea with my friend Ray and I need your help…I’d like to hear about any humorous Mah Jongg stories you have to tell – from your games, lessons, shopping expeditions, anything! Send them to me and if you have any photos then make sure you include them as well. We can’t wait to read your submissions!


I think you will enjoy this article from Heritage – Florida Jewish News…much thanks to my wonderful friend Gwen for sending this to me!

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IMG_1178As promised, here is the recipe for yesterday’s Mah Jongg Wednesday lunch of Mexican Chicken Soup. This recipe is so easy and SO delicious…you will be so happy if you make it, as will everyone who gets to enjoy it with you!


4 split (2 whole) chicken breasts, bone in, skin on

Good olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 cups chopped onions (2 onions)

1 cup chopped celery (2 stalks)

2 cups chopped carrots (4 carrots)

4 large cloves garlic, chopped

2½ quarts chicken stock, preferably homemade

1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes in puree, crushed

2 to 4 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander seed

¼ to ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

6 (6-inch) fresh white corn tortillas

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the chicken breasts skin side up on a sheet pan. Rub with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until done. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, discard the skin and bones, and shred the meat. Cover and set aside.IMG_1162IMG_1166Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add the onions, celery, and carrots and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, or until the onions start to brown. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.IMG_1163Add the chicken stock, tomatoes with their puree, jalapenos, cumin, coriander, 1 tablespoon salt (depending on the saltiness of the chicken stock), 1 teaspoon pepper, and the cilantro, if using. Cut the tortillas in half, then cut them crosswise into ½-inch strips and add to the soup. Bring the soup to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 25 minutes.IMG_1164IMG_1165IMG_1168IMG_1170Add the shredded chicken and season to taste. Serve the soup hot topped with sliced avocado, a dollop of sour cream, grated Cheddar cheese, and broken tortilla chips. Add a wedge of lime floated on top.IMG_1171IMG_1178


It seems like it has been forever since I hosted the OMs (Original Mahjettes, as we call ourselves)  but finally today we were all chez moi. And I used the occasion to celebrate three November birthdays: S1, S2, and J. 

Our lunch was my favorite – one of the Barefoot Contessa‘s fabulous and very hearty soups – so delicious! I will post the recipe tomorrow. IMG_1178Before everyone arrived I placed a jar of my homemade cranberry relish at each place. I have been making this recipe every year since 1976…it’s a tradition for me!IMG_1174IMG_1177Right after lunch we began our game play – and we were really playing fast today so we got in many, many games. Nothing could make me happier because we were able to make a donation to Stay Strong and Mahj On (SSAMO) for $75 (a couple of days worth of winnings)!

I was so happy to have a Jokerless hand…we actually had two of them today!IMG_1188Here are some of the winning hands today (although there were many more than what I will post here):
IMG_1192Wait a minute, who is that causing trouble and suddenly sneaking out of the closet?IMG_1190But before we went any further, it was time for a happy birthday dessert for the three November birthday girls – Talenti Mediterranean Mint Gelato, Talenti Double Dark Chocolate Gelato, and topped with a fudge covered brownie and a happy birthday candle! YUM!IMG_1181


IMG_1186IMG_1185 It was so great to have the OMs back here – it was a wonderful day!


For all of you in the Orlando, Florida area, you still have just about a month to register for the December 13th tournament at the Rosen JCC – it promises to be a great day!

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Friday was an incredibly sad and frightening day as news came in of the horrible attack on Paris. And then, later in the evening, an email arrived from Gladys Grad, the Grand Master of American-Style Mah Jongg, bringing more sad news but this time specifically to the Mah Jongg community: Ruth Unger, the long-serving president of the National Mah Jongg League has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the citizens of France while at the same time we send our condolences to the family of Ruth Unger.

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