Sunday, January 24, 2010
It's a damp, dreary, rainy, cool Sunday in Mid-Michigan.
Not wanting to be cooking all day because of back to back football games, I thought of something easy and Yummy...Chicken Chile Verde!
First of all, let me relate my thoughts on something....Cooking!
Coming from a 'Blue Collar' background, my Grandmother was a fantastic cook, but it was nothing fancy and very basic. As one gets older you get exposed to ethnic, gourmet, and all types of cuisine, and you sort of settle in on a combination of all things tasty. As an avid reader of cook books and cooking blogs, I sometimes feel that I'm commiting a Mortal Sin by loving Velveeta, Miracle Whip, or Sloppy Joes made with Manwich. Don't get me wrong now, I can make Tamales from scratch, perfect Home made Pirogi's, and Tandori Chicken. But I also enjoy fried Bologna sandwiches, and Chef Boyardee Ravioli out of the can! You like what you like...It's just that simple! You are not a bad person if you prefer Hershey's chocolate to Godiva Chocolate. Or if you prefer Preggo Spaghetti sauce to your old Aunt Sophia's!
Get over this trendy Food Elitism people, and get back to grilled cheese and salmon patties!! Thats why I like that Sandra Lee chick from The Food Channel. She cooks like I do, she takes as many short-cuts as you possibly can and still keeps it delicious and cheap.
Getting back to the Chicken Chile Verde...
I de-boned a whole baked chicken.
In a pot, saute' a whole onion, a green bell pepper, and 3 cleaned Jalapena's. When onions are transluscent, add a quart of water and bring to boil. Turn down the heat, add two cans of navy beans, two jars of salsa verde', a bunch of fresh Cilantro, cumin and LOTS of garlic.! Simmer for a bit, then add your cooked de-boned chicken.
This is a version that I just came up with out of my head. I have made it with pork. I've made it with turkey. I've used fresh green tomatoes out of the garden. I've used canned tomatillo's from specialty stores. This is just how I'm making it TODAY!
Don't ask me for the recipe', I never make Chile OR Meatloaf the same way twice!
There is no right or wrong way, it's NOT Rocket Surgery, It's COOKING!!!
Just like that bald guy from The Travel Channel, Andrew Zimmern says...
If it LOOKS good...Eat It!!!
Have a Kick Ass Week....Peace!!!