November 5, 2012

Fall Favorite: Homemade Chili and Puzzles

I spent all Saturday morning cooking and we spent all afternoon working on a really difficult puzzle.  With a quick trip to the new frozen yogurt shop squeezed in between.  My idea of a perfect fall day.

I started off making homemade chicken broth and then used it to make Celebrity White Chili.  I'm allergic to so many things that I can't buy chicken broth at the store.  But homemade chicken broth is SO delicious and you know exactly what is in it.

Homemade Chicken Broth (variation of Barefoot Contessa's recipe)
- 1 whole chicken
- 6 carrots (cut in half)
- 6 stalks of celery (cut in thirds with the leaves left on)
- 2 tablespoons of salt
- 2 teaspoons of black pepper
- 5 good shakes of oregano
- 5 good shakes of thyme
- 3 bay leaves
- 28 cups of water

Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 4 hours.  Skim off any foam that comes to the top.  Drawn the mixture and use! Will stay fresh in the fridge for 5 days or the freezer for months.

A few years back, my mom's friend brought over some delicious Celebrity White Chili.  She was nice enough to share the recipe and I finally tried making a K-safe version.  It was AMAZING.

Celebrity White Chili

- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 4 15 ounce cans of navy or cannellini beans (I use two cans of each kind!) (drained!)
- 1 24 ounce bag of white corn (cooked and drained)
- 4 and 1/2 cups of chicken broth
- 1/2 cup of white wine
- 1 tablespoon of corn starch
- All the chicken from the chicken broth recipe (chopped)
- Salt and pepper for taste

Saute celery and carrots in olive oil and cumin.  Add corn, beans, and chicken broth.  Mix the cornstarch and wine together.  Add to mixture and cook for 25 minutes.  Add chicken and cook for another 15 minutes.  Serve with broken tortilla chips on top!

There will be plenty of chicken broth left over to freeze.  It's seriously amazing!

Afterwards, do a puzzle! It's the perfect cold weather stay inside and snuggle because it's fall activity!

1 comment:

  1. Sounds delicious!! I prefer to make my own broth too to control the sodium! thanks for the recipe! What type of container do you freeze your broth in? I need to find something that is freezer safe and BPA free! :-)


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