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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Chilly? Then have some Chili!

I love Chili! There are so many kinds of chili - Texas, vegetarian, white, green, bean ... It's easy to make, you can put whatever you want in it. And it's perfect for the winter.

It's also naturally gluten-free!

Here's a super fast, super easy White Bean Chicken Chili that will please even the pickiest eaters. I found this recipe on years ago and it's one I make often. It's not hot, as in spicy hot, but extremely flavourful.

You start by sauteeing a large onion and 2 cloves of garlic in hot oil over medium heat. I like to put the saucepot top on for a few minutes to help sweat the onions and draw out a lot of that onion and garlic flavour.

The you add the rest of the ingredients: chicken broth, a can of tomatillos (or you can stew your own if you have access to fresh tomatillos, which is what I did today), a can of diced tomatoes (I actually used a 28oz can of tomatoes), cans of green chilis (don't worry, they're not hot), chicken, corn (I used 1-1/2 cups frozen), and all kinds of spices and seasonings.

After simmering this lovey, fragrant pot of goodies for at least 20 minutes, simply serve it up with your choice of condiments. You can use whatever you like - crushed corn tortillas or chips, grated cheddar or jack, sour cream, chopped cilantro, maybe some red chili pepper flakes for those that like it hot (oh Marilyn). And enjoy!

Notice I didn't suggest flour tortillas? Unless you can make gluten-free flour tortillas, stay away from those bad boys. Although, now that I think of it .... I may have to try making some. I have a tortilla press and everything ....
Back In The Saddle Again ...

Don't you just love Aerosmith ....

For the first time in two years, I have decided to post. At first, when I joined blogland, it was because my friends were doing it, it was a way to air my opinions and have my say, it was a way to stay in touch.

Not anymore. This blog is for me now. And only me. You don't like what I write, then navigate to another page, because I'm not changing a thing.

For the most part, I don't see "those" friends anymore. A lot came to pass over the past two years, and only the real friends are still, well, friends. There were some friends who faded quickly, and for the most part, those people were expected. But I have to admit, there were one or two that did surprise me. Then, as time went by, the friends I was closest to began dwindling. There were two that really shocked me. And hurt me in the process. I have my suspicions why. But at this point, I don't care. I'm over it. They've shown their true colours and obviously I am better off.

That being said, I am still friends with a bunch of wonderful, generous people. They are tried and true, trustworthy. And what else could anyone ask for in a friend?

My blog is still going to be a way to air my opinions - like I wrote earlier, if you don't like it, move on. There are plenty of other blogs out there that you will like. I tell it like I see it.

So over the past two years, not only have friends changed, but the family has changed. The picture above is me with my beautiful nephew - I'll always refer to him as Buddy - who was born shortly before Christmas 2012. He was the best Christmas gift my sister could possibly give us. She and her partner finally had a baby. I will be honest and say that I realllllly wanted a girl. But that's all good now that I have my Buddy. I dote on him, which any rocking aunt does. That's my goal now - to be the favourite, most rocking, fantastic aunt. I can pull it off.

The other big change has been my diet. I've gone gluten-free. I had to. When I am eating gluten containing products, I feel awful. My sinuses kill me, my joints are so bad I think I have arthritis, and we won't even get into the whole intestinal thing. That's actually going to be a huge part of my blog - gluten-free.  Cuz it's hard. I've done a lot of reading and I am still learning. And I want to share some of what I learn.

So, here's to a new year and a new life. In more than one way.