Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I Got You Babe...

We're halfway there! February 2nd...halfway between Winter Solstice & Spring Equinox!

More specifically...Groundhog Day!

And while the National Climatic Data Center (gotta be careful how you type that one...) admits that he has only predicted correctly 39% of the time...upwards of 30,000 people gather at Gobblers Knob for the ceremony in Punxsutawney, PA...to gaze upon Phil as he emerges from his hole & checks for his shadow.

Trusting that this year he has predicted correctly...we can look forward to warming up the kitchen with savory soups, cozy casseroles, & warm winter veggies for 6 more weeks!

I don't have a Groundhog Stew in my repertoire...but I do have a mighty tasty Turkey Sweet Potato Chili! I have yet to meet a man, woman, or child who has not loved this dish. I get frequent requests for the recipe & it cycles through our family menu on a regular basis. I hope that you add it to your list of favorites!

Turkey Sweet Potato Chili
Serves 6-8

1 lb lean ground turkey
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 large sweet potato, peeled & cut into 1/2" dice
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 Tbsp cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1 (8 oz) can organic diced tomatoes
2 cups organic chicken broth
1 (8 oz) can organic black beans, drained
Fine sea salt & black pepper

Brown the ground turkey, seasoning with salt & pepper. Remove from the pan & set aside. Saute onion, garlic, & sweet potatoes in olive oil over medium heat until onions are translucent. Add turkey back to pan & stir in spices, tomatoes, & chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat & simmer for 20 minutes. Add beans & simmer for 5 more minutes. Add salt to taste. Serve with baked pita chips (Stacy's Simply Naked Pita Chips are great).

By the way, speaking of Groundhog Day...am I the ONLY ONE who can actually see Sonny's cheezy smile while Cher flips that long hair over her right shoulder, all the while belting out that silly little tune we all get stuck in our heads? "Babe!...I got you Babe!"

I didn't think so...

Cheers to Winter,


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