Richard’s birthday was this week and he requested I make white chicken chili, which I generally make quite spicy. But with a passel of children and their sensitive taste buds joining the revelry, I reduced the heat index by using only 1 serrano pepper and 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder, and I placed the jalapeno peppers and hot sauce on the side. You can always add heat, but removal is problematic (that bread trick has never worked for me).
The fun thing about serving chili is mixing and matching the accoutrements. I served this batch with broken tortilla chips, chopped cilantro, cheddar cheese, hot chopped peppers and hot sauce on the side.
Speedy chilis such as this are often thin because they don’t have the opportunity to thicken over a long, slow simmer. In this recipe, I mixed cornstarch into the stock and mashed up half of the white beans, which nipped that problem in the bud. I love adding beer to chili; the alcohol evaporated in the heat, yet the flavor remains. Substitute the beer with chicken stock, if desired.
Sour cream, diced avocado and cooked corn kernels would be a great addition, as well. If the chili didn’t incorporate beer, I would have included lime wedges. Recipe can be easily doubled.
Hunkering down into the folds of winter, my body begs a slowing down, a turning inward, a respite from the frantic pace of December. The seasonal change also brings a change in what I’m craving–– at the moment, soul-nurturing meal-in-a-pot soups. Below, I’ve mapped together some of my well-tested global favorites. (For dozens more, check out the drop … Full recipe post »
Long before Steve Brill made hunting for wild foods a thing, since the dawn of our species we’ve been foraging our lands for edibles to survive. (In the eighties, Brill–aka, Wildman– began organizing foraging expeditions in Manhattan. Once he was slapped with a summons for making a meal from Central Park weeds. Minutes after his arraignment, … Full recipe post »
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