Sunday, January 9, 2011

This must be love 'Cos it's really got a hold on me

I think we've had maybe (if you add them all up) 2 weeks worth of cold weather this winter. Cold for us, not all ya'll that live in places where it freezes or get snow or something awful like that. I'm talking, mid to low 50's with wind and rain or just gray skies. It's the damp that makes it feel so bad. And it's so warm he rest of the year that you just get used to warmth, so 50 feels COLD.

Really tho, anything much below 80 and I'm not too happy.

To help stave off the cold (and to break in the surprise pans my DH bought me!) I made some "white chili". He knows the way to my heart is thru practical gifts that are kitchen related! Just like I know the way to his is thru a well cooked meal.

1lb navy beans in the crock pot on high with 1/2 gal water till beans are soft. (I drained the beans after)
2 cans black beans drained (forgot to add some dried into the crock pot when I started it)
2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 large onion diced small, caramelized
1.5 lb chicken breast cut up into bite size pieces sauted in with the onion, and 2 packs of that Sazon seasoing, and a packet of Ranch Dip (the dry mix)
1 lb bacon, I cooked mine in my new Pampered Chef Bar pans (DH got me both sizes!) and cooking bacon in them is the fastest way to season them. Just get the broiler hot, lay the bacon flat in the pan, and keep peeking on it till it's crisp. Then chop into bits.
1 box chicken stock, and about 1/2-3/4 box beef stock (had some left over in the fridge, you can do all chicken stock)

all that in the crock pot to heat.

I'm thinking about making some cornbread to go with this, but I'll do that a bit later. You can find the recipe here.


  1. hi there!

    That looks amazing. Don't you want to puro some to me? After all, I do live in one of those places with snow and below 0 temperatures! This is a perfect meal for us, especially after a day spent skiing or ice skating. What is Sazon seasonning? Is it some Japan stuff? If so, could you recommend a replacement?

    Much love from cold Quebec!!!

  2. Sazon is a Hispanic seasoning. I've blogged it before, I thought I had a pic of it, but I just checked my hard drive, and I don't. I'll take a pick of it and add it in to the post. You can find it in most Hispanic sections. I'll also list what it has in it so that you can find a suitable replacement if you can't find it.

    Also, only DS#1 was interested in cornbread so we just ate it with crackers.

  3. Actually Jess, Sazon is like a Layries mixed seasoning like salt, pepper, some herbs & it's kinda spicy.
    It's weird cuz I've seen it in friends kitchens & in the "Latin Foods" sections
    of the grocery store, and in our family we've used it a lot actually!
    It's a white tin with red fancy writting on it. Weird.
    What's weird is that I don't use it. Crazy huh?! lI don't know
    but it is yummy! :)

  4. I'm looking foward to more Crock pot recipies that I can just throw in stuff and heat ....then just by dinner be done! :)
    I have no idea cuz I've never had a crockpot and Tonys mom gave me a huge one!
    I'm itching to use it!
    Have any ideas with cheese or cream? lol
    Thanks Jess!

  5. I stand corrected, I just always find it in packs, (took a pic today, but in all my cleaning never got it uploaded, will do first thing in the morning) I get it in the hispanic section, or my nieghbor's dad sends it to her and she gives me a box full of the lil packs cheaper than we can get it here.

  6. also, I'll do more crock pot stuff if you want, later this week we'll be having left overs so i'll post some recipes for you Tany!

  7. Aww thank you Jess! I do eat leftovers, but for some reason, Mr "Im too good for 1 day old food" doesn't! LOL!
    But I'd love to try something with leftovers!:)
    Thanks Jess! oxoxo

  8. post updated with pic of seasoning packet.

  9. Ohhh I see! LOL Jess you got the Goya one! Nice!
    Yeah Goya products are yummy!! ;)