Thursday, October 22, 2015

Chicken Chili - My All-time Favorite Recipe

It's that time of year when the crisp autumn air screams for me to have comfort foods.
This recipe was given to me by one of my dearest friends, and I have yet to 
find a chicken chili I like as much. It won an award at a chili cook-off, it's that good!

Chicken Chili

3  Chicken Breasts  –chopped in small cubes/pieces
3 TBsp Olive Oil
1 Med Onion – chopped
2 TBsp Hot Sauce
3 TBsp Flour
1 tsp Salt
½ tsp Black Pepper
2-1/2 tsp Cumin
1 TBsp minced garlic (more if you like)

1 16 oz jar Public’s Hot Thick Salsa, or may use mild
2 Cans Bush Northern Beans (rinsed well – drained)
2 Cans (4 oz) Green chilies
1 Can (16 oz) Chicken Broth
8 Oz Monterey Jack w/Jalapenos – shredded
8 Oz Sour Cream
1 Cup Whipping Cream (optional)

Directions:  In heavy duty large pot (5 qt) cook chicken, onions, hot sauce, and garlic in olive oil until chicken is no longer pink. 
            ADD:  Flour, salt, pepper, and cumin to chicken mixture and cook for 1-2 minutes more.
            ADD:  Chicken broth, salsa, green chilies, and beans – bring up to boil, simmer in pot, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
            ADD:  Sour cream, cheese, and whipping cream.  Mix thoroughly and remove from heat. 

 Serves 8-12 people

NOTE:  This is really good after the flavors have had time to “mesh.” 


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Spain {San Sebastian}

 We were ecstatic to make it to the beautiful coastal town of San Sebastian. I'd heard of the spectacular beaches, the shopping and just how picturesque this city that borders France is. 
It did not disappoint. We were a little sad that the picture above is the only real sunshine we experienced during our few days there, but nonetheless it was gorgeous and such a clean city
{our taxi driver informed us the 2nd cleanest city in Europe}, which was a welcoming
sight after Rome {love Rome but it's a very dirty city}!

Since my mom's luggage had gotten lost we decided to have a girls day of shopping, 
and the guys went and did their own thing. Lucky for us one of my favorite stores
Zara was there, and even luckier, it was the biggest Zara in Spain. My mom, sister-in-law
and I spent all day shopping and mostly in Zara, it was that good!

We needed the leisure of San Sebastian, by this point in the trip we were tired and it
was so nice to sleep in for a few days, walk around the beach, eat, shop and relax a bit
more before we headed to the south of Spain. The north could not be more different than the south.
Green, lush hills with sheep roaming, it rains a lot in the north. It reminded a lot of the
countryside of England, and I imagine what Ireland looks like. Northern Spain is a gem
not to be missed!
^^^Mom and I after some shopping, churros con chocolate, we were happy as clams!
 ^^^Even though it was rainy, we put on our ponchos and went for a walk along the beach.
 ^^^San Sebastian has some of the best surfing in Europe.
 ^^^Craving all those yummy pastries right about now!
^^^My cute mom was in heaven.
^^^Of course on our last day the sun decided to come out, typical ;)
Up next: Seville