Tasty, Cheesy White Chili Recipe with Chicken

    I originally tasted this wonderful chili at an outdoor youth event with our church. This was during the month of October, and where we live it can easily get cold this time of year. This evening was chilly indeed, so chili was the perfect food to keep us warm! There were several pots of chili served, all from different recipes, and though all of them were tasty, this one by Tamie was by far my favorite! When I inquired about the recipe, I was given a link to the Taste of Home website. That same fall, with a few minor changes to the original recipe, I made a huge crock pot for my husband’s workplace as they were having a chili contest, and I gave him a big bag of shredded cheese to serve along with it. The cheese was to be used as a topping, of course. Instead he dumped the entire bag right into the pot, stirred it up, and wouldn’t you know, he came home with a trophy! Wow, first place!! This was now an award-winning recipe! I asked how many had entered, thinking maybe there were 40-50 or so, and it turned out there were around 8 other pots… So yeah, we got first place out of 8! Wow, pretty cool, huh? Well, at least people enjoyed it, so I’ll take that to heart. And we had a cool trophy to look at for […] Read more »

Moist Sour Cream Banana Bread Recipe

  Banana bread has been a staple recipe in households across America for generations. Most recipes seem to be pretty similar to each other, and I find that they often are fairly bland. And there’s really no reason for a bland result. It is so easy to make a banana bread packed with flavor and moist at the same time! After monkeying around with my original recipe, which was already a good one, I made changes to use real butter, brown sugar, more salt, extra vanilla, sour cream, and more. The result has been outstanding! There is of course another major difference between most banana bread recipes: they come with or without nuts. Why some people choose to add nuts I will never understand. And of course, those same people cannot fathom that I would make mine without! Even so, nuts can be added easily and is optional in this recipe. The resulting loaves are very moist and delicious with all these special ingredients to bring out the flavors. If you do try this recipe, I would really appreciate a quick comment with a star rating (option found immediately under each recipe). It helps me out tremendously! Thanks in advance!   Moist Sour Cream Banana Bread Recipe To start out, use an electric mixer (or just a spoon) to beat together softened butter, brown and white sugar, and eggs. There’s no need to beat hard, just blend together well. (Use dark […] Read more »

Improving Cake Mixes: Rise Taller, Taste Better

    Using a box cake mix is a very convenient and easy way to quickly whip up a delicious cake. I want to share with you some simple tips that I hope you will find helpful in order to make these cakes even better. Tip number 1: How to fluff it up and make it taller: If the box calls for more than 1 cup of water, I have found that it is best to use a little less than called for, sometimes down to 3/4 cup. In general, I just make sure the cake batter is a little on the thick side, because I find that the cake will rise better to be taller and fluffier. I baked two cakes side by side to show the difference. In the first picture, I added the amount of water that the box called for: In the second picture, I put in a bit less to make the batter thicker. As also seen at the top of the post, here’s the result; the piece of cake to the left was from the first recipe, using a normal amount of water, and the piece to the right was from the thicker batter. Tip number 2: How to make the cake taste “from scratch” while also making it healthier: Use apple sauce instead of oil. Yes, apple sauce, no kidding! It is healthier by far, with more fiber and other nutrients, and has far fewer […] Read more »