Monday, September 17, 2012

Turkey Chili

You know those people you have known for what seems like a lifetime who you are fairly certain you will still be friends with sitting in rockers on a porch somewhere laughing about the silly things we did a million years before?  Well my friend Mackenzie is one of those people in my life.  

Her bright spirit, her infectous laugh and deep love for her friends and family are only a few of the amazing qualities that make this girl a shining spot in so many people lives.  

I have so many wonderful memories of the two of us throughout the years not the least of which include some pretty rockin' jorts from the '90s, some crushes on members of the Sandlot cast that may have been borderline obsessions (of course this can be said for some animated characters as well but we won't go there), a few mishaps with a stencil, a million birthdays, a few heartaches and countless fits of laughter.

To think of Mackenzie in any capacity brings a smile to my heart and warmth in my soul.  

Now we are little more grown up, she has a beautiful family including her newborn daughter, Amelia, and to see another phase of our lives move forward together is such a gift and one for which I am incredibly grateful.  I recently had dinner at her house and she made this chili which she feared she had over-sold but kept promising it was a huge hit in her family.

It came from Souper Jenny in Atlanta.  As soon as I got home from dinner I immediately grabbed my computer and began looking up everything I could on this amazing find....the chili was clearly NOT oversold one bit!  Mackenzie had her cookbook which I will soon be purchasing for anyone and everyone I know!!  It was truly that good....Here is her Dad's Turkey Chili recipe but for more from Soup Jenny please check out her website, follow her blog and BUY THIS COOKBOOK!  

I assure you, you will NOT regret it for one minute!

Turkey Chili
as adapted from Souper Jenny Cooks

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large red onion, peeled and chopped
1 red pepper, cleaned, cored and chopped
1 green pepper cleaned, cored and chopped
1 yellow pepper cleaned, cored and chopped
2 lbs. lean ground turkey
2 tablespoons chili powder
½ cup dark brown sugar
2 (28 oz.) cans diced tomatoes
1 small can of white beans, drained and rinsed
1 small can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 small can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can chili beans, not drained
salt and pepper
hot sauce
Heat a heavy duty stock pot and add olive oil.
Saute onions and peppers for about 5 minutes or until
Add ground turkey and cook thoroughly, adding a little salt and pepper.

Add chili powder,
brown sugar and tomatoes and simmer for about 15 minutes.

 Add all beans and heat slowly for
another 15 minutes.
Add hot sauce and salt and pepper to taste.

Allow to simmer until ready to serve.

But let's just be honest for a minute....the real stars of the show were the babies!
Meet Amelia Lancaster Averbuch and Blythe Louise Darden
Sleepy baby
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1 comment:

  1. Those are such cute photos of the babes and moms! And, what sweet words about Mackenzie--agreed!