I am so happy to be back. It’s been a crazy few weeks and I hope you missed me as much as I missed you. In the famous words, and sage advice, of Joni Mitchell; “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” Boy did they resonate with me over the last few weeks! Some software on my computer caught a virus and my computer had to be wiped clean. Gone! With a huge leap of faith, I hit erase and then called upon my cloud storage to be restored. There are no words for that fear.
What would any chef do without a computer to write recipes? Well for me I started thinking about a chili mix I use to use that was discontinued years ago. Gone! So, I took out the old pencil and journal and start cooking. The mix was from a direct sell company called Tastefully Simple. They sold food items like sauces, bread mixes, and soup mixes. They had a great White Chili Mix! It was pretty simple just add ground turkey, water and simmer for 30 minutes and you have a great meal. I added corn to make it my own. Now, I was bound and determined to make that recipe again. I’ve been craving it for 8 years.
I started by sautéing up some chopped onion and garlic. I added a pound of ground turkey and dividing this mixture into four pans. I didn’t want to waste all of the turkey. I then just started adding things I knew were in chili but wouldn’t change the color. I chopped up some green chilies and added some rinsed cannellini beans into all four pans. Then I started experimenting with the spices.
It was a little like Goldilocks. The first pan had too much cumin and was too smoky. The second pan was too sour, with too much oregano. The third pan was too sweet because of the brown sugar. But the fourth pan was just right. I took the sugar out, adjusted the seasoning and spices and added a teaspoon of cinnamon. SO GOOD!
By the time I had the perfect recipe, my computer was back online and I could sit down to the comfort of fabulous chili, a recipe recreated and all of my documents and pictures back where they belong. Taking a step back in time to pencil and journal as well as the terrific chili was very comforting but I sure am glad to have my computer and favorite chili back. Be sure to serve with some warm cornbread and a cold beer