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Weekend Snapshot

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Good Morning Darlings,

Eric and I celebrated 12 years of wedded bliss this weekend.

Here’s what we did for fun!

Pictures!

Eating Here and There

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Good Morning Darlings!

I have been so busy, but you have been on my mind.

Join me inside?

Weekend Snapshot

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Good Morning Darlings!

This past weekend was filled with yummy food and fabulous friends.

And zombies, of course.

Dining with Zombies?

New Year’s Eve Prep

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Did you have the best Christmas with the most fun? Oh, good! Me, too.

New Year’s Eve is less than a week away. Are you hosting? Need some ideas?

You are going to need cocktail recipes!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

I hope you are reading this while watching the Macy’s Day Parade in your jammies and drinking hot chocolate on the couch. While someone else peels the potatoes.

What else am I thankful for?

What Feeds Your Soul?

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

I was musing today about what nourishes me.

What makes you really happy?

Meatloaf For A Crowd

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Oh, you know how we are here in the south. We have to make sure everyone is fed. And fed well.

One night not so long ago, we had our dear friend, Johnny P. over for supper. I made meatloaf. To feed about 20. You never know how hungry men will be. Or who might stop by.

Did we eat it all?

Spring in My Step

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

I am so excited for spring to be here. Easter, in particular, when Eric, John and I will be hosting dinner at our house.

To get ready, I have taken large square votive holders, filled them with potting soil and grass seeds and now I wait. The grass-filled votive holders will line our dinner table, enveloping the table in fresh, green grass. But for now, I am tending to my little charges.

Would you like to see what’s inspiring me today?

Snow Day 2011

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Yesterday was such fun. With the snow piling up, Atlanta shut down. The neighbors took to the park to sled and just play in the snow. And since all that sledding and snowball fighting works up an appetite, I suggested a pot luck supper at our house around 5pm.

Eric sleds down the hill.....whee!!!

Come have fun with us!

White Bean and Chicken Chili

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!
 

My wonderful husband, Eric, is taking the reins today to share the recipe for the scrumptious White Bean and Chicken Chili he made this weekend. It is perfect for these cooler nights. Enjoy!

This chicken chili hits the spot on a cool evening.

White Bean and Chicken Chili

Ingredients

  • One whole chicken, in parts
  • 12 tomatillos
  • Two large poblano chiles
  • Two medium jalapeño chiles
  • 1 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 3 12oz cans cannellini beans
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 beers
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Adobo
  • 3 tsp sage
  • 2 tsp basil
  • Salt & black pepper

Debone the chicken. Season evenly on both sides with salt, pepper, adobo, sage, and basil. Reserve.

Peel and rinse the tomatillos. Cut the smallest in half and the larger to roughly that size. Put in a medium saucepan, and add the cider vinegar and one beer. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes or until the tomatillos soften.

Roast the chiles and wrap in plastic to steam them, 15 minutes. Rub or peel off the skin, then remove the seed pits and dice.

Heat the olive oil in a large pot to a shimmer. Add the chicken, skin side down, and brown. Remove before the chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Drain on paper towel.

To the pot, add half of the liquid cooked with the tomatillos and deglaze. Add the chiles and onion to the pot and sautée* with a pinch of salt. Once toasted, add the garlic and toast, stirring often 5 minutes. Add the tomatillos and liquid, then the cans of beans, with liquid. salt and pepper the beans before you stir them in. Add the other beer.

Dice the chicken and return to the pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer for an hour. Taste frequently to correct the seasoning.

Serve with white corn tortilla chips and a dollop of sour cream.

* If you started with a whole chicken and have giblets, dice them and add them with the onions and chiles. Skip the kidneys and neck.


xoxo, Patti

 

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