White Turkey Chili

Something I really love is when you roll over in the morning, especially a Saturday morning, and there are big white fluffy clumps falling from the sky and you have the lovely realization that you have no reason to leave the house. Ahhh, thats the best. Since I have decided to be a hermit for the day, I might as well good something delicious.  And what goes better with a cold winters day then a big bowl of chili??  This is a different kind of chili, a white chili, with turkey.  Its really good and just warms you right up!  Make one pot and eat well all week.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 2 green peppers, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 lb cooked turkey (any part, just no bones)
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can white beans (I used small navy beans)
  • 1/2 can another white beans (I used roman beans)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (1/2 a lime)
  • hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • chicken base or bouillon cubes

How to:

  1. In a big sauce pot, add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and heat to a medium low heat.  Once that is hot, add in the onion, peppers, and garlic.  Season with salt and pepper and let slowly sweat for 15 minutes until tender and the onions are translucent.
  2. Drain off a little bit of the corn juice, then add to the pan.  Wash the beans then add to the pan.  Add all the spices, you may need to add more as you continue to cook, use your sense of smell and judgement to decide.
  3. Turn the heat up and add in 24 oz’s of water and 1 tablespoon chicken base. Bring to a boil.
  4. Add the cooked meat and continue to cook on high for 15 minutes.  Add in the lime juice and hot sauce.
  5. Once the water has reduced a little bit, it ready to enjoy!
  6. Eat with some cheese or sour cream and enjoy the warmth on this cold day!!

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It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere

Usually when I post a recipe I have eaten it maybe mere minutes before, but the timing is a little different when making a drink recipe.  So although I am posting this at 11 am, it was consumed at a reasonable hour.

This is my take on Brazils national drink, the caipirinha.  This drink is very simple: fruit, sugar, alcohol, and ice.  The typical caipirinha is made with the national liquor, cachaca and lime.  But I quickly found that I did not like cachaca (tastes like a tequila) and I didn’t really like the lime, so I am taking my own spin on it.  But you can make it however you want!  Thats the beauty of the cocktail!

Ingredients:

  • Fruit: I used blueberries and oranges
  • Sugar 1-2 teaspoons
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1-2 shots (depending on your preference)
  • Things that could also be helpful: something like a mallet to smash down the fruit and a shaker

How to:

  1. Begin by adding your fruit into the bottom of your shaker.  I use 1/2 an orange cut into wedges and 1 handful blueberries.
  2. Add in your sugar, you can vary the amount depending on the sweetness of the fruit.
  3. Start smashing up the fruit, really pulverize it, because the juice you make from the fruit is going to be the only liquid other than the liquor in your drink. If you want a bit more mixed in add a little water to the mix.
  4. Then add your alcohol and ice. And shake. Shake it real good.
  5. Pour into a glass and enjoy!  (Pour in the fruit and eat when you finish the drink, thats the best part!)

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