When I heard Marji Morris talking about the Awareness Washington County Chili Cook Off at the chamber meeting in January, I thought it would be a great idea for Leader Publishing to enter a team.
I had a couple of months to plan it and knew that there would be several people at work who were on board. After all, that’s just the kind of work place we are!
Last year, my family and I attended the SOAR! Chili Cook Off and my girls were determined that this year, we would enter it, too.
So, I knew between my family and my work family, we could pull it off! But let me say, those couple of months for planning went waaaay faster than I had planned.
When I brought it up at work, several people got excited and offered to help. Kate and I were the “chefs” and since she is not a bean eater, therefor not a chili eater, I decided to get on Pinterest and see what I could come up with. We took a poll at work and everyone decided we should do a white chili to be different.
When I typed in “white chili” in the search box on Pinterest, the first recipe to catch my eye was “Ultimate White Chicken Chili.” How could you NOT go with a recipe that has a name like that?
I sent it to Kate and she volunteered to make a batch and bring it to work for tasting. And let me tell you, it was a delicious hit. We had found our recipe!
We called ourselves “The CheerLEADERS” and decorated with a newsprint tablecloth and pompoms. My girls created a unique sign for us and Kate even made a batch (or two or three) of cheesy jalapeno cornbread to serve as a side. It truly was a group effort!
Although we garnished many votes and had several people tell us they loved our chili, we did not win anything, but we did have fun!
The chili cook off was a great time for fellowship for our community and it was a perfect way to raise some money for an organization that has had a huge impact on so many people.
Throughout the evening we had several people ask us for our recipe, so I included it here: http://www.plainchicken.com/2016/11/the-ultimate-white-chicken-chili.html.
It is a simple, easy and delicious recipe. All three of my kids actually enjoyed it and that is saying a lot!