Stephenie’s Award Winning White Chicken Chili Recipe

Today I participated in a chili cook-off at the offices for one of my new clients.  I used a recipe which I adapted and I won second place!

Award Winning Chili

Careful Y’all! I’m spicy!

The recipe is below.  It is slightly adapted from an Emeril Lagasse recipe available on Food Network.com.

For winning second place, I received a $25 gift card and this super awesome cardboard trophy!

Chili Cookoff Trophy

Stephenie’s Award Winning White Chicken Chili Recipe:

1/2 lb dry navy beans
2 Tbls olive oil
1 lg yellow onion
2 jalapenos, chopped
1 Tbls garlic, minced
3 chicken breast
2 Tbls chili powder
2 teas salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp crushed bay leaf
3 cups chicken broth
2 (10oz) Cans Ro’tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies (not drained)
2 (4oz) cans Hatch diced green chilies
1/4 C heavy cream

Soak the navy beans over night or for up to 24 hours (preferably around 18 hours) then cook them until tender, about 1-2 hours.  Drain them and preserve them in the refrigerator until needed.  Heat a skillet with the olive oil and saute the diced onions and jalapeno until tender and starting to caramelize.  Add the garlic and the powdered spices (chili powder, salt, cumin, oregano, bay) and cook briefly.  Transfer to a pot or crock pot and add the chicken broth, canned tomatoes, and canned chilies and bring to a boil.  Lower and simmer for 45 minutes.  Meanwhile, salt and pepper the chicken breast and cook them in the skillet with flavor from the onions.  Once they are completely cooked, shred the chicken into pieces.  When the broth mixture has finished simmering 45 minutes, add the shredded chicken, beans and heavy cream.  Simmer for another 15-20 minutes and it is ready to serve.

Family Lesson Gone Wrong

The scene:
Marc and I had been talking to the kids (daughter 2.5 and son 5 years) all weekend about sharing and getting along with each other.  They constantly fight with each other over whatever the other child has.  On Sunday night we went out for a family dinner at a restaurant.  It was about 7:30 PM and pitch black outside as we left the restaurant and got into the car.  Upon getting into the car, the kids immediately started fighting over my daughter’s sunglasses.  I commenced with a “Mommy Speech” and this is what transpired:

Me: Why are you guys fighting over sunglasses?  First of all, it is too dark outside for sunglasses.  Second, the sunglasses are nothing more than clothing that belongs to Brie, not even something fun like a toy.  Do you ever see Daddy and I fight over each others things?  (My husband turns on the overhead light to make sure the kids are listening to me.)  Do you see me take things from Daddy?  (My husband was wearing a baseball cap so I reached out and started shaking the bill of it for emphasis.)  Do you see me tell Daddy, ” Hey, I want your hat!  Give me your hat!  I want to wear that hat!”  No, Daddy and I never fight over our things.  I don’t want Daddy’s hat.

Silence and a short pause…

Brie: I want it!  I want Daddy’s hat!  I want to play with it!

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