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September 8, 2011

Hi friends.

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.

FOUR!

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. ;)

 

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  1. September 8, 2011 6:57 am

    Glad things are getting better. I hope it rains soon!

  2. September 8, 2011 7:03 am

    I wish we could give you some of our rain. I need to take back complaining about it. I’m glad you guys had a good comforting meal!

  3. September 8, 2011 7:48 am

    Fires hit SA last night. It’s so scary and it’s hard to not feel helpless.

    As we watched the news this morning and it showed flooding on the East Coast juxtaposed with the fires here, my little girl asked why we couldn’t just get some of ‘those people’s extra water?’ Good question….

    • September 8, 2011 11:21 am

      No kidding…someone royally pissed off Mother Nature.

  4. September 8, 2011 8:07 am

    White chicken chili is one of my absolute favorites, especially for football season! Sorry about your boy Peyton, my husband has him in fantasy and is not happy!!

  5. September 8, 2011 8:09 am

    I am so glad things are turning around! I have a few friends with flooded basements, and my boyfriend’s mom’s hospital is evacuating because of flooding… so crazy how it’s the complete opposite here. I wish I could send the rain down to you!

    On a happier note… that chili looks incredible. It’s been so cold here recently, chili would be perfect!

  6. September 8, 2011 8:31 am

    I wish I could send some of our rain your way :(

  7. September 8, 2011 9:15 am

    I’m glad its getting better. Fires are nothing to mess around with.
    That chili sounds delicious, and I LOVE that bowl!

  8. September 8, 2011 9:17 am

    I haven’t cooked all week either :) We had too many leftovers from eating out so much this weekend! I think I’ll cook tonight though.

    Stay safe!

  9. September 8, 2011 9:23 am

    Fingers crossed you get rain very soon.

  10. September 8, 2011 10:10 am

    So glad that things are getting more and more under control. And white chicken chili is definitely comfort food to me too.

  11. September 8, 2011 10:49 am

    ADORABLE bowl! And I may have to make that chili. I’ve been wanting to try a good recipe and being that you’re in Texas that means it automatically is better than what they serve here in PA. :) I’m glad to hear things are starting to get back to normal. I would love to send all this rain we’re getting to you guys down there. :( I will keep hoping for relief soon!

    • September 8, 2011 10:57 am

      Girl…I just saw your post and my heart fell. I’m thinking about you.

  12. September 8, 2011 11:55 am

    I’m glad things seem to be turning for the better. I cannot imagine losing my home to a fire and I’ve never known anyone who has (sure I’ve read stories about others who have) and it must just be such a terrifying/draining experience.

  13. September 8, 2011 12:38 pm

    Phew! So glad to hear it. I hope it keeps improving.

  14. September 8, 2011 1:10 pm

    So skipping the bean soaking part, how long did this take? Looks yummy but is it easy/quick??

    • September 8, 2011 1:36 pm

      It is super easy but it isn’t quick. I mean I let it simmer for about 3 hours on the stovetop but you could also do it in the crockpot. And if you using the crockpot I bet you can just put the chicken in raw and you could always use can beans too.

  15. September 8, 2011 2:43 pm

    We’ll send you some rain from Boston. It’s a bit ridiculous, right now. April didn’t even want to go out for her walk this morning.

  16. September 8, 2011 4:07 pm

    I am glad things are turning around. It was so scary reading your tweets! Hopefully rain will hit you soon.

    BTW that soup looks amazing!!

  17. Hilary permalink
    September 8, 2011 4:58 pm

    Haha! Chili is one of the things that sounds so goo to me right now too! I made it a few weeks back and J thought I was crazy since it was over 100 degrees outside. What can I say?! I can’t help it! :)

  18. September 8, 2011 6:26 pm

    My thoughts and prayers have been with you all week! In fact, we prayed for you all at our church this week. Glad things are getting (slightly) under control.

  19. September 8, 2011 10:43 pm

    Hey, Kelly! Just wanted to let you know I’ve been thinking about you and TX this week – what terrible news regarding all the fires. :(

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