White Chili

I love Chili but I always make the same kind.  I know there are millions of recipes but I never get around to trying them.  So when I found this one on my friend April’s blog– I couldn’t resist.   This recipe had a little kick to it which I didn’t expect.  You could easily adjust it though to suit your needs.

(forgive the picture it was done on my phone)


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced jalapeno peppers
  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
  • 3 (15 ounce) cans white beans
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Slowly cook and stir the onion until tender. Mix in the garlic, jalapeno, green chile peppers, cumin, oregano and cayenne. Continue to cook and stir the mixture until tender, about 3 minutes. Mix in the chicken broth, chicken and white beans. Simmer 15 -30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove the mixture from heat. Slowly stir in the cheese until melted. Serve warm. I also added about a tablespoon of fresh salsa to mine as April suggested.  



Potato Pancakes- (Not healthy at all!)

Every once in awhile I want something that is just plain old bad for me!  So while I was lounging around on Sunday- I saw the local news channel do a segment on potato pancakes.  I haven’t had one in ages and I have never made one.  I went about my day decorating and cleaning – I still couldn’t’t get them out of my mind.  That was it I knew I had to make them.  The recipe couldn’t be easier- and they were amazing!


4 Potatoes
1 Small Onion
Bread Crumbs
1 Egg
Salt & Pepper to Taste

Grate Potatoes and onion using a box grater. Add Egg.  Add breadcrumbs – enough to dry out mixture.  Heat oil over medium-high heat.  Grab a scoop of mixture, flatten it out to resemble a small pancake.  Drop in oil.  Cook for about 3 minutes on both sides.  Drain on paper towels.  Top with Apple sauce, sour cream, caramelized onions the choices are endless.