This post was originally published here on December 12, 2013. I’ve since updated the photographs and text. I hope you try it out!
Talking about the weather always makes me feel old. Because it just seems like something that older people love to do. But jeez, we’ve had some wild weather here in New England this month. And I can’t help but talk about it.
This January, we’ve experienced some of the most extreme weather I’ve seen in a long time. First, there was the bomb cyclone/blizzard, which buried us in snow and resulted in major coastal flooding and power outages across the region. Then we had a stretch of frigid temperatures, with the thermometer barely reaching above zero degrees for almost a whole week. And then magically, it was 50-60 degrees. And rainy. Like really rainy. Cue more coastal flooding. And now, we’re back to living in the frozen tundra.
That’s a lot of weather for two weeks. And frankly, I feel exhausted by the whole situation.
The only thing I seem to be able to do to soothe myself is to make an endless supply of comfort food.
This White Bean Chili with Chicken and Sweet Potatoes has been a go-to Winter recipe of mine for many years now. I just love how quick and easy it is to make (it only takes about 40 minutes from start to finish). But it tastes like it’s been simmering for hours. I use one of those rotisserie chickens from the grocery store (a favorite kitchen shortcut of mine, especially for soups), because the meat is always so tender and delicious. And then I load up the pot with fresh ginger, garlic, jalapeño peppers, cilantro and other spices for a major flavor explosion. Two cans of white beans, and a couple of sweet potatoes, make this chili stick-to-your-ribs good.
It’s the perfect recipe for when you’re experiencing some extreme weather. Or, you know, for when you’re experiencing some extreme hunger pangs. Either way, I guarantee it will fill up your belly with warm, comforting deliciousness.
As it’s written, the recipe for this White Bean Chili with Chicken and Sweet Potatoes is both dairy free and gluten free. But a sprinkle of cheese on top, or a slice of crusty bread on the side, is a good idea, if you’re able to tolerate those things.
Recipe slightly adapted from Gluten Free Goddess
Exactly one week until Thanksgiving!!!
Yay! I’m so excited. Thanksgiving is like my Christmas. I feel like a little kid again. All wide-eyed and giddy, anxiously waiting for the turkey to shimmy down the chimney and bring me delicious presents.
Wouldn’t that be a sight?!?!
This is actually going to be my last blog post before the Holiday. I’ll be busy over the next several days preparing for Thanksgiving in real life. And I also kind of figured that you guys mostly have your menus set at this point in the game. But I will be sharing some new and old content over on Instagram and Facebook, so make sure to come say “hi” to me over there when you get a chance. And feel free to reach out with any last minute Thanksgiving-related questions. I’m happy to help if I can!
In the meantime, let’s get down with this Ginger Cranberry Sauce with Riesling.
I love cranberry sauce (and fresh cranberries, too!). And I always have. I don’t really see it as a condiment, per se. Instead, cranberry sauce gets full on side dish status in my eyes. Give me a BIG scoop. And then give me a second big scoop. That’s probably the right amount.
Got leftover cranberry sauce? Then try making these Hazelnut Linzer Cookies!
I’ve made this Molded Cranberry Sauce recipe for as many Thanksgivings as I can remember. But this year, I decided it was time to shake things up and try out a new recipe.
This Ginger Cranberry Sauce with Riesling is naturally sweetened with maple syrup. And it has a nice spicy kick from a generous amount of fresh ginger. My initial instinct was to add red wine, but then I decided to reach for something lighter instead. And I must say, that was a very good decision. Because the Riesling keeps this cranberry sauce crisp, vibrant and refreshing. It feels very grown-up to me. And not overly sticky and sweet, like some other versions I’ve tried in the past.
If you want a thinner sauce, try adding a bit more wine. And you can adjust the sweetness as well by adding a touch more maple syrup, if desired. The overall sweetness will depend on the type of Riesling you use, so definitely make sure you taste and adjust the final dish before serving it to your guests.
I always make my cranberry sauce a few days in advance. It’s an easy item to get done and checked off your “to-do” list before the big day arrives!
I hope you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving! Get out the stretchy pants!