Rewards of Gifting a Cookbook

I think I made the best decision of the summer the moment I gave my coworker a Junior League of Tampa cookbook! Her and her mom love to cook so they’ve promised to make some recipes that I haven’t been able to get to and even let me taste the food! Their first adventure was White Bean Chicken Chili out of The Life of the Party.

White Bean Chicken Chili, pg. 83

1 lb Great Northern Beans                              2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped                                              2 carrots, chopped

2 ribs celery, chopped                                      3 garlic cloves, minced

2 (4-ounce) cans chopped green chiles         2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper                  1 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon salt                                             2 lbs. chicken breasts

1 (14-ounce) can reduced- sodium chicken broth

Sort and rinse beans. Soak the beans overnight according to package directions; drain. Place the beans in a stockpot and cover with 2 inches of water. Cook over low heat for 2 to 3 hours or until the beans are soft and the liquid is absorbed.

Heat the oil in a stockpot. Add the onion, carrots, celery, garlic. Saute for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add the chiles, cumin, cayenne pepper, oregano, and salt; mix well. Add the chicken, chicken broth and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Cook, let cool to the touch. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces, discarding the skin and bones.

Return the chicken to the pot. Cook over low heat for about 20 minutes. Add the beans and any bean liquid to the chicken mixture. Add additional water if necessary to achieve the desired consistency. Ladle into warmed bowls to serve. Serve accompaniments such as chopped scallions, shredded Cheddar cheese, sour cream and crispy tortilla strips in separate bowls. You may substitute 7 cups of rinsed, drained, canned beans for the dried beans.

ImageThis chili is not heavy giving you the ability to serve it year round! It also makes for great leftovers since you can add the garnishes just before you eat a bowl yourself!

ImageIf you’re looking to gift a Junior League of Tampa cookbook to someone you know, you can order online anytime at

Thank you Jessica and Deanna for helping us explore The Life of the Party! We can’t wait to see more cooking from you throughout the year!


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