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“…He taught me…
                to play pool,
                how to throw a baseball,
                how to fish,
                to drive a golf cart and
                how to play cards,
                to build my first bird house,
                the game of horseshoe.

As we sit on the bench, little may be said, but much is felt,
The feelings of comfort and security surrounded my grandfather.
I watched his work with amazement.
He was a very proud but humble man,
Always modest of his outstanding accomplishments.
He was the first man to teach me to use tools,
Or to show me a rifle.

As we sit here on the bench,
I am too young to realize the impact that this man has and will have on my life…” 
a poem by Nick at age 13

my grandpa and me…
chili crazy after all these years

My son Nick learned many wonderful things from my dad…and has countless loving and lasting memories.  As a young girl, I watched my dad’s love of cooking and trying out new recipes and ingredients.  His curiosity and desire to learn, his critical thinking skills, creative spirit and flexibility…all helped him in the culinary world.   Now recently turned 30, Nick continues to demonstrate many of the same attributes as his grandfather; and also, enjoys a similar love and experimentation in the kitchen!

My dad’s chili is from the 70’s and 80’s …he would sit for hours at his typewriter to record his recipes for a small black notebook.  Nick’s White Chili is his latest one from last winter…fortunately, he can store his electronically for sharing.

My dad and my son are true  “treasures”!

click on this link for bud's chili recipe

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nick’s white bean chili
The recipe is by no means exact.

Depending upon the amount you want to make, dial back on the chicken broth.
  • 1 package extra lean Jenny-O ground turkey
  • 3 medium yellow onions
  • olive oil
  • 4 cans chicken broth
  • cornstarch
  • flour
  • 1 T oregano
  • 1 t cumin
  • 2 t chile powder
  • 1 t cayenne pepper
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • ½ t chipotle pepper powder
  • 16 oz. sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 2 cans great northern beans
  • 2 small cans green chiles
  • 1 can butter beans
  • ½ bunch of cilantro (approximate)
  • Optional:  1 or 2 serrano peppers, minced
  1. Cook turkey in olive oil, set aside.
  2. Brown onions in olive oil, and set aside.
  3. Make the base - start with chicken broth, add in spices, then start whisking in flour to create the base.  Mix cornstarch and water separately, and whisk small amounts into base until thickness is appropriate.  These ingredients are approximate.  You need to mix some in while continuing to taste the base.  As the final part of this step, whisk in sour cream or yogurt gradually until desired consistency/creaminess.
  4. Mix the turkey and onions into the base.
  5. Add beans and green chiles to the soup.
  6. Cook over low heat, covered, for 30 minutes.
  7. Chop cilantro and mix into the chili.  Serrano peppers are optional and may be added at this time.
  8. Leave over low heat, covered, until serving.