I have some catching up to do {White Chili & Cranberry Orange Nut Bread}

I made two different recipes this week from Mema’s stash but have not gotten the chance to blog them until now.  I’m not exactly sure where the time goes but I seem to be missing a few hours out of each day.  Anybody else feel this way?

First, it was another chilly day that just screamed for CHILI!  I have never made a white chicken chili before so I was excited to try this one.  I love this recipe and the boys even liked it (this is a big deal… my kids do not like soups or chili)!  Very yummy and hearty – I was full after half a bowl.

Next, I made a cranberry orange nut bread.  I had grabbed a bag of fresh cranberries at the store last week and just had to try something new with them.  This bread is absolutely delicious!  YUM!

White Chili

White Chili

1 onion, diced

1 head garlic, minced (that sounded like a lot of garlic to me so I used 10 medium & large cloves)

1 1/2 to 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed

1 lb. ground chicken or ground turkey

2 cans great northern beans

1 can navy beans

1 can chicken broth (14 1/2 oz)

2 cans of chopped green chilies

1 tsp. salt

pepper to taste

1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. ground cumin

1/4 tsp. ground red cayenne pepper

2 to 3 c. grated monterey jack cheese

In a large pot with lid, saute onions, garlic, ground chicken or turkey, and cubed chicken until ground chicken is cooked.  Add can of chicken broth.  Cover and let simmer for 5 to 10 minutes until chicken cubes are cooked all the way through.  Add all spices, beans (undrained), and chilies.  Stir well and simmer.  Before serving, add 1 1/2 c. shredded cheese.  Stir into chili until melted.  Serve with extra cheese on top!

beautiful fresh cranberries

Cranberry Orange Nut Bread

Cranberry Orange Nut Bread

2 c. all-purpose flour

3/4 c. sugar

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 c. margarine, softened

1 T. grated orange peel

3/4 c. orange juice

1 egg

1 c. cranberries, chopped

1/2 c. chopped nuts

Grease bottom only of loaf pan.  Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, & baking soda.  Stir in margarine until mixture is crumbly.  Stir in orange juice, orange peel, & egg just until all flour is moistened.  Stir in cranberries & nuts.  Pour into loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes.  Cool completely before slicing (this part is very important as we learned the hard way!)

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