Wednesday, January 11, 2012

White Bean Chili & Bread

by Karen on January 11, 2012

in Baking/cooking

I haven’t posted a recipe in a little bit so thought it was time – also I needed to take breaks from quilting today so thought it a good break time to do so.

This morning I got a crock pot full of the ingredients for the white bean chili and I have it cooking.

I am actually rather new to white bean chili.  When we visited our daughter in Wisconsin for Thanksgiving she made it from leftover turkey one day.  I have no idea why I never made it before.  Since then I have made it several times.

This is a Paula Dean recipe.  Everything is in the pot and I’m plugging it in to cook for the day.


White Bean Chili

1 pound dried navy beans
5 cups chicken stock
4 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
3/4 cup diced onion ( I used one large)
1 1/2 cups chopped green chilies (fresh or canned)
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast – finely chopped
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 to 2 teaspoons ground black pepper (I found 2 teaspoons way too much for us and used 1)
1/2 teaspoon white pepper (don’t have so I left it out)
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/2 bunch cilantro leaves – chopped

sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese

Rinse and soak beans overnight.  Drain in the morning and rinse.

Put all of the ingredients in the crock pot and simmer all day.  I use high heat for about half of the day or until it is about boiling and then turn it to low and let it go the rest of the day.  You should do it how you know your crockpot cooks.   This could be done over the stove top as well and just stir now and then and simmer until the beans are soft.

To serve put in individual serving bowls and garnish with sour cream and cheese if you desire.  Have some bread too if you like Smile

Plenty for leftovers for lunch a couple of days:


Which brings me to the next recipe!  I love homemade bread and thought to make some corn bread but then decided to adapt a recipe I have for yeast cornbread.  I had some sour dough left in the refrigerator that I wanted to get rid of – here is what I came up with.


Sour Dough Mixed Grain Bread
1 package dry yeast
1 1/4 cups of warm water
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup dry powdered milk
3 tablespoons soft butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 1/4 to 3 cups flour

My additions:
2 cups of sour dough
1 egg
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 more cup of flour to knead in

In a large bowl place the yeast and 1/4 cup warm water let sit for about 5 minutes.  Add the rest of the ingredients – saving the flour for last reserve 1 cup of the total amount of flour to knead in on the board.

Mix to form a dough, then put on a floured space and knead in flour to make a nice dough that isn’t too sticky.

Put in a greased bowl and let double in size (in a warm area).  Punch down, shape into two loaves and place in greased pans.  Let the loaves raise again in a warm area about 30 to 45 minutes.

Pre-heat oven at 375 and bake loaves for about 35 to 40 minutes.  Makes 2 loaves




One Fourth of the Way!

by Karen on January 11, 2012

in quilts

Star Crazy is now 1/4 quilted – all in about 22 days I believe (30 hours of work so far).  I put the quilt on the quilting frame and got started quilting it December 18, 2011.  Wow I am making progress by sticking to only working on 2 quilts at a time.  I think I need to continue doing this for another month or two and see what I finish Smile  Maybe if I just work on quilting one and piecing one at the same time I can accomplish something and get caught up on my quilting.

I unrolled the quilt so I could see what I had done so far and measure it as I thought I was about a quarter of the way done but I wasn’t sure – the quilted part measures 26 inches and it is 100 inches long so this feels great.  I have so much quilting in the little stars/hst area that I am thinking the border might need more as well.  But I will wait until I am finished before I decide.  Right now the border lines are every one and a half inches – I might put one more line in between them all to be 3/4 inch apart.  Like I say I am waiting but that is what I am thinking right now.


The left side:


The right side:


Rolled back up – the half way point is at the top of the frame.  Now to decide for sure on the quilting pattern for the open spaces.  I do believe I will go with what I showed last week – stair step type design and star like flowers here and there.  The large stars will all be quilted differently like I did the small stars and will continue to do the same type of quilting on the small stars that go up the side borders of course.


If I continue working on only two projects for awhile it is possible that I could finish this quilt with a 3 month time frame – unbelievable to me – I have never done one like that as I always loose interest and start 4 more projects. LOL  Maybe I can stick with it and actually get two big tops done this year – maybe 3 LOL  Wish me luck.

We will see Smile

What are all of you working on this Wednesday – go on over to Lee at Freshly Pieced and see all the WIP’s in progress