Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Boy and his Dogs

Outstanding roundup of commentary and food offerings yesterday! Aside from Onofre’s Arm’s recipe for Tyrannical Dictatorship Stew –”TDS”…sounds more like a sexually transmitted disease…I’m going to try them all.

Not to ruin your appetites, butt I just wanted to pass this recently made portrait of adorable cuteness on:

mo lilbo lilboyCute kid, cute dog…two out of three ain’t bad.

And this next one, well, just consider it an early Christmas present:

mo toned armsLet’s just see how toned those guns (can I still say that?) are without my magical powers.

Framed copies now available; place your order today to receive your limited edition copy of “When Batwings Fly.”

And now, on to the soup course: We’re having beans. Because they are good and good for you. And cheap. I predict that will be increasingly important as we move FORWARD!

This is also very easy. Doubled and served with corn bread, warm flour tortillas or tortilla chips it will easily feed a dozen hungry carolers, shoppers or tree trimmers. If you follow MOTUS’ helpful suggestions, it’s even easier.


1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, washed and patted dry. (Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. – or, even easier: use a skinned, boned, rotisserie chicken . If it’s  big, like from Costco, a half chicken is enough ,dark and white meat combined is fine, in fact I prefer it)
2 cans (14 oz. ea.) chicken broth
1 jar (48 oz.) great northern beans (aka “navy”), with liquid(Randall’s if you’re fortunate enough to live in the Midwest, otherwise 3 cans of any variety small white beans will do
1 large onion, chopped
2 t. minced fresh garlic (the kind you buy in a jar works fine for this, just don’t scrimp on the quantity, this is not a pre-Midnight Mass sort of dish)
2 cans (3 oz.) chopped mild green chilies, with liquid
2 tsp. ground cumin (heaping) 
2 tsp. ground oregano

UPDATE: 1/4 tsp. cayenne and a glug or two of your favorite hot sauce to taste

Garnish with green chopped onion tops, shredded cheese  and/or sour cream (optional)

In a large pot, sweat the  onion and garlic in a small  amount of oil until onion is translucent., don’t brown.  Add the broth, beans (with liquid),chilies (with liquid), cumin and oregano . Stir, bring to a boil and add chicken pieces. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

It’s even better the next day, butt you aren’t likely to have much left.

Serves 6

If you are an inveterate recipe tinkerer, like MOTUS is, don’t. This is perfect as is. And no, it really doesn’t need any additional salt.

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