Thursday Recipe Exchange: Chipotles in Adobo Sauce

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JeffreyW uses his chipotles in adobo sauce for breakfast.
From our Food Goddess, TaMara:

It seems that JeffreyW and I both have a fondness for chipotles. I hadn’t realized it until I decided to feature his recipe for homemade chipotles in adobo sauce. There were four pages of recipes that included them in some way or another. They can all be found here.

I was thrilled when JeffreyW put together a batch of chipotles in adobo sauce, using jalapenos from his summer garden. I learned a lot from his post. I’m going to direct you to the entire thing instead of just reposting his recipe because he does a terrific explanation of the whole process. So before you try any of tonight’s other recipes, you might want to start with JeffreyW’s recipe (found here).

Once you’ve got your chipotles and sauce all prepped (or bought), you can try them in any of the following:

My absolute favorite is Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon (recipe here). A great way to kick up a comfort food.

The spicy sauce is great in combination with fruits. When strawberries were in season I spiced up someone else’s recipe for Chicken in Strawberry Sauce with some chipotles in adobo sauce for a real treat (recipe here).

And from the photo at top, JeffreyW uses it to spice up his breakfast (recipe here).

So are you a fan of chipotles in adobo sauce? Have a favorite way to use them? If you haven’t tried them, are they something you might try now that we’ve wowed you with their many uses?

Finally, tonight’s featured recipe, Chipotle-Apple Butter Barbecue Chicken:

I had canned a big batch of apple butter a while back and one night I was wondering what to do with it besides spread it on bread. I had been thinking that it would be good with chicken or pork and eventually decided that barbecue chicken thighs would be where I would start. Then I decided to heat it up. A spicy, smoky mix of apple butter, chipotles in adobo sauce and a touch of spices made the perfect sauce:
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Chipotle-Apple Butter Barbecue Chicken

I decided that bone-in, skin on thighs would work best.

8 chicken thighs
Salt & Pepper
1 tsp crushed garlic


1 cup apple butter
1/2 yellow onion
2 tbsp chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (to start, add more as desired)
2 tsp crushed garlic
1/4 tsp salt

Season thighs with 1 tsp crushed garlic, salt and pepper. Let sit for 5-10 minutes while oven or grill preheats to 375 degrees. Bake or grill chicken for 15 minutes. Meanwhile in a blender or food processor, blend together remaining ingredients until smooth. Brush on chicken thighs thickly at the 15 minute mark and add more every 5 minutes until chicken reaches 165 degrees internal temperature (usually 10-15 minutes for a total cooking time of 25 to 30 minutes). Serve with lots of napkins.

70 replies
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    Johnny Coelacanth says:

    I luurve chipotles in adobo. I’ve got a pork, beer, onion, cumin and chipotle/adobo stew that is the goddamn bomba, and only five ingredients too. I also like to take a pork loin and marinate/coat it with the chipotle adobo sauce, then grill or roast it. Gives it a great smoky flavor with no heat, por las gringas who can’t handle the heat of smoked jalapenos.

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    Machine-Gun Preacher (formerly Ben Franklin) says:

    Adobe is clay. I think you mean adobo.

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    Cheryl from Maryland says:

    Pork burgers with chipotles in adobo sauce (mince the chilis and add some sauce to the meat) grilled,then add Munster cheese to melt. Top with slices of raw tomatillo and red onion. If that is not enough, add some adobo sauce and garlic to mayo for the bun. Also a great marinade for shrimp skewers.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    I decided that I needed to have Chili Mac as comfort food last night. I’d discovered before that the trick is that you make a watery chili and then stir in the beans and uncooked macaroni so you can cook the macaroni in the tasty liquid. This recipe is pretty close to what I did (and reduced-fat for the new year):

    Weight Watchers Whole Wheat Chili Mac
    (PointsPlus: 6)

    12 oz uncooked 93% lean ground beef
    1 medium uncooked onion(s), chopped
    14 1/2 oz canned stewed tomatoes, Mexican-style, undrained
    1 1/4 cup(s) canned tomato sauce
    2 Tbsp canned green chili peppers, diced, drained
    2 tsp chili powder
    1 tsp ground cumin
    1 cup(s) uncooked whole-wheat elbow macaroni
    15 oz canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained

    In a large skillet, cook beef and onion until meat is browned, about 10 minutes; drain off fat. Stir in undrained stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili peppers, chili powder and cumin; bring to a boil.

    Stir in uncooked macaroni and kidney beans. Return to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until macaroni is tender, about 15 minutes. Yields about 1 1/4 cups per serving.

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    BGinCHI says:

    Do any of the rest of you have friends who seem incapable (even after what Shakespeare would have called “much correction”) of pronouncing the word “chipotle”?

    It comes out ChipOLte and they don’t exhibit any awareness that they are mangling the word.

    It drives me fucking nuts. And a majority of these people are, frankly, not the sharpest tools in my friends and family drawer.

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    The Other Chuck says:

    I do believe “Adobe Sauce” is what we call mud :)

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Johnny Coelacanth: Stew recipe please, goddamnit.

    You can’t just mention that then walk away.

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    jl says:

    @Machine-Gun Preacher (formerly Ben Franklin):

    ” Adobe is clay. I think you mean adobo. ”

    If it has chipotle, I’ll give a recipe with adobe in it a shot. Why not try something new?

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    Cacti says:

    Crock Pot Chicken Chipotle

    One 1.25 lbs package of chicken breast tenders
    4 Chipotle Peppers in adobo sauce, roughly chopped (add more for more heat)
    1 small onion, roughly chopped
    1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
    1 whole clove garlic
    1 pinch oregano
    1 bay leaf
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Trim tendons from tenders and set aside.
    Add chipotles, onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, oregano, and salt and pepper to a food processor or blender. Pulse a few times or chop for a few seconds. Add sauce, chicken tenders, and bay leaf to a crock pot and mix together. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.

    Serve over rice, or on flour tortillas with sour cream.

    Bon appetit!

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    Joel says:

    I always make chipotle-tomatillo salsa at harvest time. Delicious.

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    JB says:

    Take a can of the chipotles, and dump it and all of the sauce into a small food processor, and turn it into a puree. You can now use this as a smoky, spicy replacement for tomato paste, or mix it up with some cream cheese. Or just spread it on toast, like I do. It will keep pretty much forever in a jar in the fridge.

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    General Stuck says:

    Go Wildcats!!

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    SammyV says:

    I like to put ’em in guacamole. Delicious! Or whiz a couple in the blender with mayo for chipotle mayo. And for straight dried chipotles, I like chipotle powder on pizza instead of red pepper flakes.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    If my house-painting brother in northeast Illinois can pronounce the name of his favorite restaurant correctly, your relatives should be able to do it, too.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Mnemosyne: I’m on your side.

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    Johnny Coelacanth says:

    @BGinCHI: Alright, my bad.

    Here’s the recipe off the top o’ my head: oil and salt and pepper drive the ingredient count up a bit.

    Two pounds of country-style pork ribs
    One or two medium onions
    One can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
    Twelve ounces beer
    One tbs oil
    Two tsp cumin (or more, depending on how you like it)
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Add oil to large-ish pot and heat on high. Brown pork ribs; dice the onions. Remove pork, add onions and scrape to get sticky bits off bottom of pot. Cover and cook until golden. While onions are cooking, trim excess fat from pork then return to pot. Drain the adobo sauce from the can of chipotle chilis and add to the pot. If you want extra heat, take one or more of the chilis, mince them and add them to the pot. Add cumin, salt and black pepper; add beer then stir to combine. Cook for an hour or two, or make it in a crock pot and cook overnight for maximum sublimity.

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    the Reverend Lowdown says:

    Incredible! I use the chipotle and adobo for a lot of dishes. Started out with running it through a food processor and basting it on turkey legs, while I’m grilling them. A bit hot and great tasting. This lead to pouring a can over chicken wings and baking them in the oven. I’ve found that there is a varying degree of heat in each can. Sometimes they will straight up, knock you on your ass. Lately, I’ve been adding a small can to a large pot of chili. It gives that perfect amount of smokey hotness. I took first place at a chili cook-off, at work, with my recipe. Can wait to make them on my own

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Johnny Coelacanth: Awesome.

    Thanks my man. Gonna make it this weekend.

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    jl says:

    Wow. I do (or think I will, once I recover) like the recipe in the top post and offered by the commenters. I have saved them. Thanks everyone.

    But, due to flu, my big achievement today was to move from a diet of cream of rice and nonfat milk to unsalted broiled tilapia.

    So, for the moment, the delish factor for me has to be kept carefully at a distance, and purely academic.

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    If you’ve got a pressure cooker, then Alton Brown’s Pressure Cooker Chili is a good use of chipotles en adobo.

    Unrelated, except for the cooking, I finally got a low rent sous vide setup for Christmas. The PID controller and crock pot worked out to $150, and I’ve already made a 36 hour pork belly that turned out amazing.

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    Johnny Coelacanth says:

    @BGinCHI: I hope you like it. It’s a pretty meaty stew. I add more beer or a cup of water sometimes if I want it wetter. Serve with flour tortillas or a good crusty bread. And more beer. Cheers!

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Sounds like you got whatever my brother had. He wasn’t able to keep solid food down for almost a week.

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    Shana says:

    @BGinCHI: My husband and I walked past a young (early 20s) couple recently and heard her say “Do you want to eat at Chipotle?” but she pronounced it as if the end of the name rhymed with “bottle”. I almost broke something holding in my laughter until we were far enough away so that I could laugh without her hearing me.

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    General Stuck says:

    A no bullshit article on Obama’s political skill. And from Fortune mag and Nina Easton, no less. For obot personnel.

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    srv says:

    New Chinese place in hood. I’m hoping to just get fired and study under them and buy a foodie truck that just does pot stickers.

    I would name it: nom nom nom

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    srv says:

    @General Stuck: Who would have thought that Bush 44 would go all Saul Alinsky on us?

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    General Stuck says:



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    Mnemosyne says:


    I’m afraid someone here in Los Angeles has already beaten you to it. Though it’s a Vietnamese food truck, not a Chinese one.

    The banh mi really is the pinnacle of sandwich art.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    I’m so going to try this. I fall for the trap of buying apple butter on an impulse and then use it a few times on toast and forget about it. I now have an actual reason to buy it.

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    👽 Martin says:

    @Mnemosyne: Can’t top Kogi Taco. The original and best. Korean tacos FTW!

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    👽 Martin says:

    Holy fuck, it might snow in OC this weekend – and not just on Saddleback! Lows of 32 and chance of rain. Cooooool.

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    MikeJ says:

    @J.W. Hamner: Did you use somebody’s plans or make your own?

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    bemused says:

    @👽 Martin:

    Rain + 32, 33, 34 = glare bone-breaking ice. Don’t go out there walking in sneakers and I’d skip driving among a bunch of other drivers who’ve never even seen a snowflake.

    It’s 34 deg here now, Minn, with drizzle. I just came in from outside and almost ended on my ass. Tomorrow I’m putting my cleats on my boots before venturing out the door.

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    ulee says:

    If you’re going to hang yourself, don’t use a clothesline. It doesn’t work, it breaks. Then you are left with a nasty rope burn on you neck which you must explain away by saying your dogs have retractable leashes and you got caught up in them on while switching them over. Then do not confess to your exgirlfriend what really happened. She wants me committed, I just want to stay at home. Above all, keep your mouth shut, it just worrys people when you talk about it.

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    MattR says:

    @bemused: That’s my favorite weather for dog walking, or sliding in my case. Pretty sure Ellie could pull me for a block or so with the proper equiptment despite being only 30-35 lbs. She’s got surprising power and gets low to make the most of it.

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    bemused says:


    Ha, ha. I’m sure she could but she’d probably still be on her four feet…not so sure you would be especially on a slight incline down.

    We have a sloping driveway and my boot cleats have saved my butt many times during slick ice conditions walking down it.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @ulee: you did the right thing by telling your girlfriend and I am glad she is watching out for you now, even if she does not know what to do.

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    srv says:

    @ulee: Trolls cannot kill themselves, they must be killed.

    I’m sure Amanda Marcotte has a catagory for this.

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    👽 Martin says:


    Rain + 32, 33, 34 = glare bone-breaking ice.

    Only if the temp drops below freezing for any period of time before or after to lower the ground temperature below freezing. That’ll never happen here. Even if air temp hits 32, ground temp will still be above freezing since we’ll still have highs in the 50s. We might get sticking on grass and plants, but not roads.

    Lived in NY, CT, PA, and CO over the years. Took my driving test in the snow.

    Now, Saddleback is about 15 miles away, and it tops out at 5,700 feet. It’ll get real snow, but no paved roads up there.

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    bemused says:

    @👽 Martin:

    Ah yes, true enough. Our ground temps haven’t been above freezing for a few months. I’d still test the sidewalks first thing in the morning before it has had time to warm up. I’m conditioned that way.

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    MattR says:

    @ulee: I can understand the reluctance to be committed, but please talk to a professional about getting some help on an outpatient basis. If you are not comfortable talking to others, I have found that writing things out (and then deleting/destorying it) helps me do self-therapy of a sort without worrying the people around me. Can’t offer too much more advice without knowing the details of your situation but I do believe that things are never as bad as they seem and even the worst of circumstances can be overcome with time and effort.

    (EDIT: Sometimes the problem is emotional where talking can help, but it could also be something physical like a chemical imbalance that medication can really help so I can’t recommend enough seeing a professtional, as scary as it might be)

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    ulee says:

    @Suffern ACE: Suffern. She is a good person and doesn’t know what to do. I tell her it is alright, sometimes people just die early because of pain. I should not have said anything but she wanted to know what was going on. I may not kill myself but I might. This is not a threat, I shouln’t have said anything in the first place.

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    👽 Martin says:

    @J.W. Hamner: What a cool idea! My son got a raspberry pi for xmas. I found plans for building a PID controller using one. Probably cost under $40 to get it built and running the crock pot. And that includes the $15 prototyping board I was going to get him anyway.

    Soldering, math, programming, electronics, cooking! – what’s not to like!

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    👽 Martin says:

    Oh, look, Nokia decrypts your encrypted banking sessions on their phones.

    Nokia has confirmed reports that its Xpress Browser decrypts data that flows through HTTPS connections – that includes the connections set up for banking sessions, encrypted email and more. However, it insists that there’s no need for users to panic because it would never access customers’ encrypted data.

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    MattR says:

    @👽 Martin:

    However, it insists that there’s no need for users to panic because it would never access customers’ encrypted data.

    Of course they wouldn’t

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    Yutsano says:

    Get home from work, sign on to Book of Faces, and I haz news: RedKitteh is in labour! YAY!!

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @ulee: yes. She is a good person. Which is why you should allow her to help you. Now you are going to need to talk to someone else. That’s the next step. You don’t need to be committed, but she can help you find the next person. Someone who knows more about dealing with people in your situation. Letting her help you find that person will help ease her anxiety a lot.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @MattR: why would they? Of course now those “other” people, they might not be as nice.

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    @Yutsano: I saw that, too, so now we can commence pacing the virtual floor again. Time to get ready for RedKitten #2!

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    ulee says:

    @Suffern ACE: That makes sense. That is also what she says. This whole situation is a drag. I

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    ulee says:

    I feel suicidal. Oh well,

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    Yutsano says:

    @asiangrrlMN: YAY!! Siblingkitteh is on teh way!! :D

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    Suzanne says:

    @Yutsano: YAAAAY!!!

    I took the day off work because I have a cough and a sore throat and a headache and just in general feel like Teh Shit so I am hoping to feel better tomorrow. Ran out of NyQuil. Ahhhh shitty.

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    Narcissus says:

    @MattR: Scout’s honor

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    Yutsano says:

    @Suzanne: I’m right there with you, coupled with the fact that I have a schedule change and a BITCH of a class starting tomorrow. I’ll most likely be working on this shit at home it’ll be that tough. And oh yeah I’m sick as a deranged wingnut.

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    the Conster says:


    No, that’s not right. You need to be here with us now.

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    MattR says:

    Watching a commercial for some new sleep pill and listening to the drug interaction warnings, which included alcohol. It got me wondering how long it will be before they add marijuana to the list.

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    handsmile says:


    Forgive me, a stranger, if you feel this is an intrusion, but please consider calling this number tonight: 1-800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)

    My wife is a clinical psychologist who runs a large adult outpatient clinic here in NYC and she speaks highly of this organization’s work.

    Also, it’s nothing but good that you’ve reached out to your friend. It sounds like she is ready to help you; maybe together you two can figure out how to take the next step to your feeling better/stronger. And like Suffern ACE said above, finding someone who has the experience and knowledge to assist you further.

    Hope you can make the call. And this place never lacks for insomniacs. Take it easy.

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    Alison says:

    @ulee: Dude. Look. If you’re really hurting and struggling and depressed, I am sorry for that, because I’ve been there. My depression has waxed and waned and currently I’m dealing with severe physical/emotional illness and it sucks, so…yeah.

    And this will make me sound like an a-hole maybe, but…why do you keep doing this? Coming into random threads here and just blithely tossing out these flippant comments about ill-planned suicide attempts and how you kinda want to die but maybe not but eh who knows, etc etc. I am not going to armchair diagnose you and I don’t know how real all this is, but your behavior in these comments comes across as either creepy trolling or disturbed attention-seeking. And for some of us who have dealt with suicidal issues, either in ourselves or loved ones, who have maybe lost loved ones to suicide, this shit is jarring and triggering and is not something to just toss off like you’re musing about gardening or something.

    If you’re just bored and lonely, fine. People here will talk to you. You don’t need to do this, though. If you’re seriously suicidal, try actually listening to the folks who are being more patient with you than I am and get yourself some help. I don’t know what you’re after with these comments, but this alone isn’t going to get you anywhere. And it’s just getting more disturbing the more you do it.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I don’t know about you guys, but I’m having some trouble believing this.

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    @Alison: All of this.

    @ulee: , if you’re really hurting, please use the number suggested by handsmile. Depression fucking sucks hairy donkey balls, and it can feel like it’ll never end. I know. I lived there for fifteen years. But, it CAN get better – though it’s a fucking hard road.

    However, if you have no intention of being helped or of actually killing yourself, please take Alison’s words to heart.

    @Yutsano: I’m so excited, I can hardly stand it! I remember us pacing the virtual floor when SamKitteh was born.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    The birth announcement should be front-paged, methinks.

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    Maude says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    When Redkitten announces the birth, it will be on the front page here.

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    Congrats to the RedKitteh fambly!

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    Elizabelle says:

    A new RedKitten. And Sam a big brother.

    And good recipes.

    And ulee: you get yourself some help. Listen up.

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    ulee says:

    @Alison: I won’t talk about it anymore.

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    Spike says:

    @BGinCHI: I went to a Chipotle burrito shop once where they had a little stuffed toy sheep on the register with a phonetic name tag beside it: “SHEEP-oat-lay”.

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    Interrobang says:

    I make a white chili in which I put chipotles and adobo sauce. Recipe as best I can remember it is

    3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
    3 onions, chunked
    2 cans tomatillos, drained
    1 jar green salsa (I like the President’s Choice brand, but those of you in the US may not be able to get it)
    2 large cans white kidney beans
    2-3 chipotles and 2-3 tbsp sauce
    Goudas bitter orange adobo spice mix
    Optional: Boil some posole for like 3h and then add it, drained, to the chili right at the end, substitute 1 can creamed corn, in the last 15 mins of cooking or so
    enough oil in which to brown the chicken/onions

    Brown chicken in a large Dutch oven, add onions and cook until translucent. Add the two cans of beans including the bean water, the jar of salsa, and break up the tomatillos into the pot. Add the chipotles and adobo, then the spices to taste. (I like lots of cumin and only a little oregano/adobo, but YMMV.) Bring to a boil, then simmer for 2-3h or so on low heat. Add the posole or corn around 15 minutes before you want to serve, and stir frequently thereafter.

    This is my housemate’s favourite chili. I don’t even bother making traditional chili much anymore; this one’s lower in fat and calories, and tastier. In my family, we like to eat chili with buttered/margarined white toast, but YMMV.

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