Sunday, 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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36 comments:

Sheila said...

Kid's movies are my 'nap times'. :)

Jennifer said...

Comment spam stinks!
But this recipe sounds great! And easy too.

Courtney from mommie blogs said...

this recipe sounds perfect for the super bowl! go eagles!

anyway, thanks for the review of the movie. we were thinking of going (little man to young) with our nephew. but not now :)

Peruby said...

Ugh! That movie sounds horrible. I didn't care of Mr. Magorium either.

LLG said...

I also though Tale of Despearux was bad. It was dark and very humorless. I almost fell asleep a few times..oops! My husband read the book and said it was better, but still not a typical fun colorful kids bookie, nor was the movie!

calicobebop said...

Hey - I think I actually have all of those ingredients! Looks like I've got dinner for tonight after all! :)

Glad to hear your opinion about Despereaux - I was actually considering it for today. Maybe we'll go shoe shopping instead!

Blog O' Beth said...

I didn't care for Despereaux either, although I liked the animation. I liked the unique style and that it was different than other animated films (sort of how The Incredibles had that post-mod look to it). I also found the storyline lacking and felt a bit ripped off at the end.

Maddy said...

Ooo sorry distracted by the 'sex' comment. So glad my Cantonese isn't up to scratch.

anyway......like the idea of chicken chilli, certainly never tried that. Sounds similar to something we had in Spain once, but accident because my Spanish is worse than my Mandarin!

We're due to see either Despereaux or Marley and Me tomorrow. I'm told that the later has a sad ending which I would personally enjoy tremendously but I don't think I can cope with the fallout from the little ones if something tragic happens to a dog.
Cheers

Melissa W. said...

My coworker took his kids to Despereaux and said it was DesBORE-oh. I'm pretty sure that we won't even bother with the DVD now that I've read your in-depth review. ;)

Jolanthe @ No Ordinary Moments said...

good to know - Laurianna has been reading the book so that we could go see it, but perhaps a rental is in order rather than spending a large fortune to take a small army. :)

Dawn said...

I was going to wait for the DVD, but friends invited us, so we went. Our 2 10 yr olds liked it, I didn't think it was so bad, a kids movie, and the friend's mom is an English teacher...she commented that the book is always better! I would wait for the DVD. Redbox for a buck, or a FREE Monday!

Ann said...

Ummm, can you read what sex999 said? (sex999- that doesn't sound pg :D)

After reading this recipe I think I can make it vegetarian... I loved white bean B/B/V (before being a veggie) Thanks it looks yummy!

miriama said...

Awww......my daughter and I read that book together when she was younger....I was hoping it would be good..

cndymkr / jean said...

I'm so sorry you didn't like the movie. It looks so good in the trailers. Oh well. And as far as Transporter 3 - you missed a good movie. OK, maybe not a good movie but there were some good eye candy moments (for me)! And the action scenes were good enough for my son and husband.

3 Bay B Chicks said...

I am making this dish, tonight, Scribbit. Seriously. As soon as I catch up on my blogging, I will head to the store to buy the ingredients. Thank you for saving me the trip to epicurious.com.

Your comment about hoping that the recipe is correct made me smile. I have a few dishes like that up my sleeve. It would be difficult to sit down and explain how to make them. All of the details simply float around in my head.

-Francesca

dooley'sinpng.blogspot.com said...

We are huge fans of the book, The Tale of Despereaux. Loved it, it is my 11 year old daughter's favorite (along with The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick) Think we'll skip the movie! Gail

Chrissy Johnson said...

Yeah, the book is amazing...so sad that they couldn't even try and do it justice.

Kathryn said...

I can't wait to try your Chili! Sorry the movie sucked! You would have really liked Transporter 3. I think it was the best of the three. The only downside was there was WAY to much romance/sexy stuff. It wasn't explicit or anything. There was just to much of it. I didn't go to the movie for sunrises and sweet nothings. I wanted car chases and kung fu. I still liked it though and would probably watch it again.

boysmum2 said...

The chilli sounds yum, will have to look at making this sometime

Carinne said...

At least you didn't have to sit through it with 6 talkive little girls.....

Its saying a lot when I get bored by a movie. It generally doesn't take much to entertain me. Man...that was a bad, stupid, weird movie. The plot was so odd and didn't really go anywhere. And, I still want to know what was up with magic vegetable man. What was the point of that?

Melissa said...

Glad for the review on the movie! I will know not to try that one if I am stir crazy. Sounds like it would only add to the problem. ;)

Daisy said...

The book is great. Hope you'll read it!

Headless Mom said...

This is my white chili, too. Very yummy, folks, try it!

Deanna said...

We listened to Despearux in the car several years ago driving to Soldotna. It was an excellent book on tape. Decided it wasn't worth the disappointment to see the movie.

Danielle said...

I'm sad that you didn't like the movie. I had been wanting to see it but I think I'll pass now.
Btw, I tried the roll recipe with the cheese filling- SO GOOD! Thanks!

amelia said...

Yum! I love white chili. My husband saw that movie and said it was so boring he almost walked out. He said Bedtime Stories was much better.

Heffalump said...

I love reading Newberry Award books, and so a few years ago I read The Tale of Despereax when it won. To be honest, I didn't like it very much. It wasn't horrible, but it never made my list of books to get, and I am not sure how it ended up being a Newberry Award Winner (although there are some others I haven't been too sure about as well). I don't plan to rent the movie when it comes out either.

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

sounds yummy! Feels like forever since I was over here, but it's been a super busy week!

verygoodyear said...

I am a huge fan of white chicken chili -- I like to toss in lentil beans as well for some extra texture. Try topping it with toasted tortilla chips and some sour cream as well... mmmmmm! Mouth is watering just thinkin about it!

Owlhaven said...

I just cooked up a batch of garbanzo beans, so I'll have to give this one a try! THanks!

Mary

Jenna Consolo said...

The book is one of my all-time favorite books. I love the story and the characters, but although I liked the movie, I did think it could have been developed better so that more of the beauty of the story was translated onto the screen. But you hated it! Goodness!

At least you didn't pay L.A. ticket prices! Then you would have been steaming mad!

noreen said...

I will have to remember to try this recipe.
My oldest wants to see this movie but I had a feeling it would not hold the attention of my 3 year old. Glad we saw bolt instead last month.

jubilee said...

We'll be looking for a different family movie. thanks for the review.

Nicole said...

Yeah, the movie was pretty bad. I loved the book, and the movie was only loosely based on the book. I actually think I might have liked it better had I not read the book. The kids liked it though, but then they liked Space Chimps (a last minute stop at the dollar theater is to thank for that indiscretion) so they are not the most discerning movie critics. :)

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

I made this recipe last night. Delicious!

Also, thanks for the warning on Despereaux. My sister is taking the girls to a movie Sunday (cue the choir of angels) and this definitely swayed me toward Bolt.

~RED~ said...

AHH beautiful! I love soup..