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52 New Recipes | week one

In 2017, I’m committing to trying one new dinner recipe per week. Can I stick with it? Time will tell. 😉

Allllrighty! It’s time for the first installment.

This week’s new recipe

Last week, I told you all that I was trying White Chicken Chili from my ATK Quick Family Cookbook.

white chicken chili

This was my first time having white chili, and I gotta say, I was pretty underwhelmed.

Basically, it felt like a less flavorful (and less beautiful) version of the Chicken Tortilla Soup that I already make.

It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t nearly as exciting as I thought it would be. Boo!

white chicken chili

The recipe called for pureeing some of the hominy to thicken the soup, but I almost think I’d have preferred it to be brothier.

pureed hominy

On the upside, I used poblano peppers, which were new to me.   So, there’s that.


But I’m thinking I probably won’t be making this again…I’d rather just eat tortilla soup!

Next week’s new recipe

Up next week: another recipe from my ATK cookbook.   This time I’m going Asian instead of Tex-Mex, with an Orange Beef stir-fry recipe.

Chinese Orange Beef

While I have a lot of Tex-Mex recipes in my repertoire (Tex-Mex is my fave!   All the heart-eyes.), my Asian recipe files are a little lean.

Soo, check back next week to see how that one turns out for me.

Your turn!

What new recipe did you try this week?   And what’s up next for you?


P.S. Several of you asked if existing Grove customers could buy the cute white caddy that comes in the free Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning set (for Grove newbies).

The answer is yes, but not quite yet.   The caddies will be available to existing Grove customers on January 9th.

Grove cleaning caddy

So, if you’re an existing Grove customer, click here to add your free Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap to your cart, and then on January 9th, you can choose to add a caddy to your cart as well (I don’t have pricing info on the caddy yet…apologies!)





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Heather E.

Thursday 12th of January 2017

This is my favorite chicken chili recipe: She has another that uses pureed beans but I haven't tried yet.


Thursday 5th of January 2017

I just did a white chicken chili too, but from some random site that had modified a recipe for the Instant Pot. I tasted it, thought, "Eh." I dumped in a can of tomatillos--problem solved. Too many white chicken chili recipes lack the acid that we love in regular chili, which comes from the tomatoes. Tomatillos help. So do canned green chiles, which are much easier to deal with than poblanos. (I say this as someone who got poblano oil on her contacts once.)


Thursday 5th of January 2017

Hi! Late posting but excited to participate. I made Vegetable Beef Soup from my Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook. It was super yummy!

Too bad you didn't like the chicken chili recipe; I've used a couple different recipes and they are definitely not equal. I've had really good white chilis, though, so I keep looking.

Ashley Casas

Thursday 5th of January 2017

I hate when new recipes are a flop. But I love pablano'S (or however it's spelt!) I roast them and puree them with garlic, cilanto, lime juice, onion, s&p and it makes a great salsa Verde


Thursday 5th of January 2017

I made soft & tender hamburger buns featured on anoregoncottage. It's a keeper for sure! I tried to imitate my favorite store bought Onion buns and it wasn't such a great idea. Next time I'll make them with out the onion flakes.

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