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Fried Wontons

Fried Wontons with Ketchup and Asian Dipping Sauce

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It was cold in Glendale, and Accuweather said that it might even snow on Saturday, so I thought it would be a good idea to have soup for dinner on a cold rainy night. It was Friday, so that also meant no meat. I also wanted something fun to eat with the soup, and wontons sounded like a plan.
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50 Again? Great Northern White Chicken Chili

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  • Great Northern While Chili

    Well, it’s that time of year again. Until I was in my late thirties, it always rained on my birthday, then it stopped raining on my birthday. I was rather amused when I looked a the weather forecast and saw that it was supposed to rain on the 16th of February, 2011 in Los Angeles.

    As we have just moved in, and some things are still not completely organized, I thought I would make a simple dinner and a simple cake. It turned out I did not have to make the cake, my friend Adel brought a great cake from the bakery for me. But what to make for dinner on a cold, wet day?

    Chili, of course, was the answer – but not any chili – no I wanted something special for my birthday, and I remembered that I used to make Great Northern White Chili. I had not made it for years.

    The like this chili because it’s not too hot, so it’s perfect for people who don’t tolerate heat very well. I love a lot of heat, but I know a lot of people don’t. This chili is also rich because it has cream in it. This chili also does very well in the crock pot, just precook the ingredients and let the beans cook in the Crockpot.

    Recipe: Great Northern White Chili

    Summary: This is a great change from the usual bowl of red

    Ingredients

    • 1 package Great Northern Beans
    • 2 Pasilla Chilies
    • 1 Green Pepper
    • 1 Onion
    • 2 Garlic Cloves
    • 1 Chicken Breasts skinned and boned
    • 3 cans Chicken Stock
    • 1 tablespoon Oregano
    • 1 teaspoon Basil
    • 1 teaspoon Thyme
    • 1/4 cup Cream

    Instructions

    1. Rinse beans. Fill a large pot with beans and cover with cold water. Bring to boil and boil for 5 minutes. Cover and remove from heat, let sit, covered for 2 hours. Drain beans and set aside.
    2. Char and peel chilies and green pepper.
    3. In food processor with chopping blade:
    4. 1. Chop charred peeled chilies and pepper.
    5. 2.Chop onion and garlic.
    6. 3. Chop cut up chicken breast.
    7. Reheat the pot and add oil. Add chilies, pepper and onion and sauté until the onion is translucent.
    8. Add chicken and break up with a spatula as you sauté, about 5 minutes.
    9. Add beans and broth.
    10. Add seasonings.
    11. Cover and simmer for about 1 hour or until the beans are almost tender. Remove the cover and allow some of the broth to reduce.
    12. Add the cream and reduce further, stirring to prevent scorching.
    13. Serve with sour cream and cilantro.

    Quick notes

    This is also a very good dish for a Pot Luck.

    Variations

    You can make this in the Crockpot as well. Sauté the onions, pepper and chicken separately, then add them to the beans and liquid and cook for 8 hours.

    Preparation time: 30 minute(s)

    Cooking time: 8 hour(s)

    Number of servings (yield): 6

    Culinary tradition: USA (Southwestern)

    My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 10 review(s)

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    Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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Bertha Makes Breakfast

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What a pleasure to make breakfast on Bertha. She keeps perfect temperature, unlike my previous stove that always had a strange hot spot and was tilted to one side,

Bertha made Silver Dollar Pancakes and sausages for breakfast. Well, I helped her.

This is my canonical pancake recipe. I will never go back to a box again. It is so simple, and you could bag up the dry ingredients and give them as gifts with a note to explain the preparation.

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First Dinner Made in the New Kitchen

I must say I am truly blessed.  We found this place on a Friday, Saturday we put down the deposit, and I looked for a stove on Craigslist. I found one that I liked, but the man said that someone else was interested and he would call me if they did not purchase it.   Monday afternoon, we had the keys.   Tuesday night, we were treated to dinner at Amber’s.  Wednesday afternoon, I decided to try to find a second hand microwave, and all I was able to find was a food warmer (well, I did see a “pre-owned” microwave, but it was more expensive than a new one!), so we wound up going to Troy burger for dinner.

Thursday morning, I looked on Craigslist again and saw that the stove was still free.  It was just what I wanted, an old stove at a great price.  When I called the gentleman he said it did not have a thermostat in the oven, and it was all manual.  I was thrilled – especially since it had no thermostat.

You may not realize this, but the way modern gas stoves work, is when the thermostat reaches a certain temperature, the gas is turned off, and restarted when the temperature gets too low.  This means that the temperature fluctuates – and in the absence of oven tiles, your oven temperature will vary greatly, producing questionable products.  The old stoves that do not have a thermostat just stay on – you set it, and forget it.  Of course, they also do not have temperature dials, so it is important to either have an oven thermometer or know how long to hold you hand in the oven to tell what the temperature is.

Two seconds is high heat
Three seconds is medium-high heat
Four seconds is medium heat
Five seconds is medium-low heat
Six seconds is low heat

After I hung up with the man, I had to find a truck, so I called my good friend, Eric, and by the end of the conversation he was saying I should check St. Vincent De Paul for a refrigerator.  I convinced Amber that we should go – after all, it’s a resale shop, our favorite place!  The place is absolutely huge, with just great stuff, at really great prices.

After I found a microwave I liked, Amber reminded me we had a PTA function that night, and that I should try to find something nice to wear – I did, a straight black velvet skirt to go with my black velvet shirt.

Amber and I both went to the PTA function and we honored for our participation in the semi-annual book faire. We got home about 8:30 and I called the man with the stove, and he asked if it was too late, because he could deliver it.  I was thrilled!

My baby came wrapped up in a blanket with a rope around her so she wouldn’t fall off the truck.  She’s 80 years old, and made of cast iron.  She’s heavy and the wonderful man had quite a time bringing her in, but we got her situated.  I’ll be taking pictures of her and posting them soon.  Her name is Bertha.  For eighty years old, she has only three tiny nicks, all her parts are original, and she even still has her fold down top.  She’s an O’Keefe and Merritt.

Friday, we asked the manager to hook up her gas, but he said that her pilot has to be cleaned out, and he did not light her oven either.  No biggie, I can wait on that.  The very first thing she cooked was scrambled eggs in a stock pot, because I still did not have all my wonderful cookware yet.

Saturday, I got some of my things from storage, but not cookware, so we went to Elena’s Greek Armenian Restaurant right down the street. 

Sunday, we went to Mass, and went to Ralph’s and I got hamburger, lettuce, tomato and cucumber to make Sunday dinner.  Good thing we ate something else because I still didn’t have cookware, and no spatula.

The rest of the boxes and furniture came on Monday morning.  To expedite the move, all the boxes were put the in garage, and that’s a good thing.  Our kitchen does not have much storage, so a lot of things are going to live permanently in the garage, like baking dishes and my beloved Nesco.

Monday night, we were treated to Elena’s again, and had left overs of her wonderful rice.  I could easily eat that rice every day.  Yes, I was beginning to get a little concerned about the hamburger I had purchased on Sunday.

So, Tuesday morning, this morning, I made it my mission to find the spatula and find the cast iron grill.  I finally found them, got all the cooking utensils washed and put away, and started dinner at about 7:00.  By 7:15pm we were sitting at the dinner table, saying grace and eating hamburgers prepared on Bertha.

Thank you, God, I am truly blessed!