Things are turning around. The fires are getting more and more under control everyday although we still have not had rain. We need rain so badly. So badly. There seems to be some small disturbance in the Gulf that hopefully will produce some rain for us next week. We hope. Until then we all need to be REALLY careful about outdoor fire hazards.
My county, Williamson, has gone as far to start handing out fines to people smoking outdoors. It’s serious.
I would ask that everyone keep praying for all the victims. Keith and I know some people who lost their homes and the aftermath is just tragic. I can not imagine the horror and the long road ahead of those people.
Thank you to you guys for taking an interest although many many many of you do not live in Texas. It has not gone unnoticed.
So now I would like to try to maintain some normalcy.
I have one confession.
I haven’t cooked dinner in 4 days.
I think if Keith had to eat cereal for dinner one more night he was going to start contemplating moving out.
So yesterday I made dinner and I made comfort food. My kind of comfort food.
White Chicken Chili
1 pound bag great white northern beans
6-8 cups chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium onions, chopped (divided)
1 tablespoon oil
2 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chilies
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt, to taste
4 cups diced cooked chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)
Soak beans overnight (or at least 4 hours prior to cooking)
Combine beans, 6 cups of chicken broth, garlic and half the onions in a large soup pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 3-4 hours or until beans are soft. Add more chicken broth as necessary.
In a skillet, saute remaining onions in oil until tender. Add chilies and seasonings and mix thoroughly. Add to bean mixture. Add the cooked chicken to the pot and continue to simmer for 1 hour.
Serve topped with your favorite chili toppers. Serves 8.
I think Keith would agree that things are starting to be back to normal.
At least he started unpacking his bags.