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Monday, October 20, 2014

Crockpot Chicken & White Bean Chili

As some of you may or may not know, I have been married for 20 years. It may seem like a long time to some but when it comes to the kitchen and cooking meals for the family I feel like a newlywed. It could very well be in part due to the fact that I was the baby of the family, even though I am the only daughter I never really learned a thing about cooking since everyone either cooked for me, or I ate a lot of cereal and bologna sandwiches. If it is not written in a recipe I am clueless. When I married my husband he knew from that first "special" dinner I cooked for him that I was lacking skills in the kitchen. I made him homemade Lasagna. On the box it reads Cook Noodles Separately. All that comes in a box of Lasagna noodles is the noodles. So yes I cooked each noodle as it said, separately. I wanted this dinner to be special, and boy was it ever! It took almost 4 hours just to get the noodles cooked. Dinner was not ready when he arrived, and boy did he get a good laugh. How was I suppose to know? 

My decision to start a blog for cooking was to try new recipes in hopes that I can come up with some meals we like, that maybe we never had before. I need ideas people! The kids are grown but back living at home, bologna and frozen dinners won't cut it at their ages. Plus my husband says he's against "boxed" meals so no hamburger helpers to help me out! Ugh! 

My husband was married once before and he never had to cook a meal; in fact, from what he says his ex-wife may have never even known what a great cook he is! He is an awesome cook and we have relied on him mostly to kick up the meals a notch. He works so hard everyday now that he has had to put the carpenters tool belt back on and I want to try to put a smile on his face, and fill that belly with yummy goodness! 

This weekend I decided to try Crock-pot Chicken & White Bean Chili. I don't know it was not one of my faves, kind of bland. I think I prefer my white beans alone or with ham and corn bread. This meal was not a hit with the kids either, the husband liked it pretty well but he adds so much red pepper I'm surprised he tasted anything but that. :) 

If you would like to try this recipe I found it online here.