Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I truly don't know WHAT THE HECK overcame me today!

Okay,,,,Mark it on your Calendar! I COOKED  and Baked today!  I mean really, I used to do this ALL the time! And,,,,I LOVE to prepare a nice meal for company, or make a special dish or dessert for a gathering,,,,but Cooking AND Baking anymore in the same day and it wasn't even a HOLIDAY? Not so much!

I think I "Channeled" My Inner June Cleaver!

Awwww, Shoot, both of my sons are starting back to College this Qtr....the air is crisp (Thank the Lord, NO rain today!) And,,,,,,,I felt like being in the kitchen! Ackkk!

I made my "Semi" Famous White Chicken Chili,,,,,,which was actually written up in a publication for a Sailing Club,,,,HA!  I shared the recipe last year,,,,,,but many of you didn't follow my blog then,,,,so here it is:

(Feel free to take poetic liberty with ANY ingredients,,,,,,,it'll basically turn out fine anyway!)

Shell's "Semi-Famous" White Chicken Chili

Saute a A Diced Green Pepper , One Diced Onion, and Some Garlic (to taste,,,,,I use tons!)

3-4 Cups of cooked/cubed Chicken   (I cheat and buy a Deli Chicken, pre-cooked! Skin and de-bone this "Clucker"!)
About 3-4 cans of Great Northern Beans (don't drain,,,,your gonna toss them in as is)
One or two Cans of Garbanzo Beans (Drain these suckers, it's all water!)
An  itty bitty can of Diced Green Chilies
2 cans of Chicken Broth

Add a 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cloves (weird, but it works, trust me!)
A bit of Chili powder
1/4 teaspoon of Cumin IF you have it,,,but I never seem to...
Pepper,,,,yeah, yeah, white pepper IF you have it, otherwise the regular kind will work.....

Simmer for a couple of hours,,,,,,and THEN,,,,,,okay this makes it, and yes, it adds a bunch of FAT and Cholesterol, but COME ON,,,,,you KNOW you LOVE it!

Add 3 cups of  Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese just before serving!
If you want to be a BIT healthier,,,,,put it in a bowl on the side and let people add their own,,,,,,but it just takes all the fun out of it!

Fun to serve this soup with Corn Chips and a dallop of NON FAT (HA! Who are we kidding now? Sour Cream)

But wait, I didn't stop THERE! Paula Dean would be SO PROUD! I made a Cake too! Butter Cake with a Butter Creme Frosting............

And, I managed to get a FEW more Halloween hats done! Almost finished with Halloween stuff,,,,,looking forward to getting back to some "Basic" crafting ( I have some headband orders, a Custom Wedding Cake Topper and then the rest will be for "Ruffles and Rust" Event.....

Try the White Chili Recipe, I think your family and Friends will like it!

Back to the Studio/aka Dungeon in the Morning!

Hugs/Love and a Bus on the Cheek!


  1. Hi Shell, This sounds yummy. I have a recipe for a similar chili without the garbanzo beans and cloves. I love garbanzo beans so I'll add these next time! What is it about Fall that makes us want to be so domestic? Whatever it is I hope the feeling passes quickly.
    Hugs, Sherry

  2. oh my gosh, I'm going to start calling you suzy homemaker! Wow such a domestic goddess today! must be the fall air, I did do some cleaning myself today and decorated for Fall!!

  3. Okay Shell, now that you made all of us NON-cooks and NON-bakers feel bad, sit down, think what you did, and get over it! And don't do it again! That is what restaraunts are for and you are taking money away from them! Seriously, you did good girl and I'm itchin to do some baking myself!

  4. WOW... get a couple of kids in your house and you are Martha Stewart. You Go Girl

  5. Ha! I was thinking of that "Martha Stewart" analogy too, Lisa! Just a little change of hair color, and you're in *biz*, Shell!!!!

    xo D.


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