Posted by: Michelle Mitton | January 18, 2009

White Bean Chili

White Bean ChiliOkay so forget those rolls I posted last week, I’m sending out a recipe that is much lighter than your normal chili. It’s not exactly the same as the traditional beef variety and it’s probably tamer than many of you might like (but I’m a bit of a heat whimp when it comes to spice) but you’re free to heat it up with as many chilies as you feel you must have.

It’s really a great recipe.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
2 tablespoons garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons ground chili powder
1 ½ pound chicken, cubed
2 15-ounce cans garbanzo beans
1 6-ounce can of diced chilies
2 14-oz cans chicken broth
2 cans cannelli beans
monterey jack cheese to garnish

Saute onion and garlic in the olive oil. Stir in cumin and chili powder and simmer 1 minute. Add raw chicken and cook over med heat until browned. Drain 1 can of garbanzo beans and puree both cans of beans with remaining the remaining liquid. Add chilis, broth, cannelli beans, then salt to taste.

I hope these instructions are thorough, I’ve made it so many times the details are a bit sketchy in my mind but this ought to get to you where you want to be.

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The Tale of DespereauxAnd on a totally unrelated subject . . . we took the kids to see The Tale of Despereaux and I have to say it was pretty bad.

Besides the inelegant computer animation (the people resembled wax reinforced with rebar and made Disneyland animatronics look graceful) it took a full hour for the story to get established. AN HOUR. By that time you’re wondering if you can abandon your children and sneak out of the theater to hang out in the lobby then you wonder if maybe anyone would notice if you turned on your cell phone and played a game or two and then you moan about why you didn’t just give in and take the kids to Transporter 3 after all. Even extreme gratuitous fantasy violence would have been more bearable than what you are being forced to endure for the love of a child.

Maybe that’s why it’s called Despereaux. As in desperation.

After an hour of mindless meandering (including but not limited to a bizarre magic vegetable man, death by soup drowning and a rat with cataracts) a few new characters get introduced with very little happiness resulting and by the time the end credits roll you’re convinced that the film without a doubt marks the end of a long and illustrious career for Mr. Dustin Hoffman.

It was all very surprising considering the enormous list of big timers that lent their voices to the film. Dustin Hoffman, William H. Macy, Tracy Ullman, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Emma Watson, Christopher Lloyd, Matthew Broderick, etc. etc. etc. Apparently two hours of voice work is a great way to make some change nowadays and doesn’t necessarily guarantee my ticket price.

Sigh. I should have taken the kids to Transporter 3.

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