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Brought to you by the letter “G”

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter “G” for Green!  It has nothing to do with quilting, this is one is all about green foods!

Ever buy a bunch of celery at the grocery store to have it go limp a day later? Super frustrating. Thankfully there is an easy and (relatively) quick fix.

Sad Celery | Chopping Block Quilts

Sad Celery

Celery is a vegetable that loved boggy/swampy conditions and has a high water content. When it slumps over it’s due to a loss of water. To fix this you simply need to cut off the bottom of the stalks (about an inch) and place in a glass of water.

Happy Celery | Chopping Block Quilts

Happy, re-hydrated celery

After a few hours they perk right back up.  I then store my celery in a tupperware with a few paper towels in the fridge.  This keeps them nice and hydrated and will last me the rest of the week while I use them up.  One of my instagram friends (@kringelb) also said this trick works with sad carrots.

What is celery good for? Well it’s an essential ingredient in my White Chili. Funny it’s called white chili when most of the ingredients are also green.  I cannot take total credit for this recipe. I picked it up in Trader Joe’s many many years ago.  It has become one of those meals I can make on auto-pilot and I usually have the ingredients on hand. Italics are the substitutes I make here in Costa Rica.

White Chicken Chili

1 can chicken broth 1 cup chicken bullion season in warm water
2 cans cannellini beans (drained) Substitute other white beans or garbanzos
1 jar salsa verde (any brand, watch the heat rating)
1 bag frozen corn 1 can of corn
1 pkg (~1lb) ground chicken or turkey Cooked shredded chicken breasts or thighs
1/2 yellow or white onion (or 1 onion if you like them) chopped
2-3 garlic cloves (depending on what you like)
2-3 celery stalks chopped
2 poblano peppers seeded & chopped 1 jalapeno without seeds
Cumin, salt, pepper to season to taste (aka SPC or Lilly, Marshall and Ted)
Shredded Chicken | Chopping Block Quilts

Kitchen Aid Mixer: Preferred method to shred chicken

  • Saute onions and garlic. Add ground chicken & season w/ salt, pepper & cumin. Strain grease.
  • Add chopped celery and peppers, cook for few minutes to get juices from celery
  • Add beans, salsa verde, corn, broth and seasonings. I usually fill half the empty salsa verde jar with the broth or water & shake to get extra salsa out of the jar.
  • Season again with SPC to taste.
  • Simmer. The longer the better. This tastes amazing the next day.
Top with any combination of the following (or all):

Diced Avocado
Cilantro
Cheese (pepper jack or monterey or cheddar or your favorite)
Sour Cream
Tortilla chips (or corn tortillas baked crispy)

White Chicken Chili | Chopping Block Quilts

White Chicken Chili with ALL the toppings 😀

For the final green food I present Spicy Guacahummus. This is a great snack food, is awesome on sammiches, and great as a mayo substitute in tuna salad.

Spicy Guacahummus

1 can garbanzos (drain and reserve juice)
1 jalapeno, seeded and cut into chunks
1 ripe avocado
3-4 garlic cloves
EVOO
2 limes, juiced
Handful of Cilantro
SPC

  • In a blender combine garbanzos, jalapeno, avocado, garlic cloves, cilantro, lime juice, and a few tablespoons of EVOO the reserved garbanzo juice.
  • Add salt, pepper and cumin to liking. Blend. If mixture is too thick, add a little more of the garbanzo juice and blend until desired consistency is achieved.

Serve with home-baked whole wheat pita chips or put on your favorite sammich. I have no idea how long Guacahummus will last in the fridge as it usually disappears within 24 hours.

Guacahummus | Chopping Block Quilts

Guacahummus and Whole Wheat Pita Chips

Buen Provecho!

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Yuma QAL Sardinia Finished Flimsy

I’ve been a bit MIA lately, but that’s only because I’ve been rushing to finish my Yuma QAL top.

I decided to enlarge the original pattern from a 64″ x 64″ to a queen size quilt. Using EQ7 I recreated the design, extended the rows, and added a few additional ones.The finished flimsy comes in at 90″ x 88″.

There have been a few lessons I’ve learned while working on this top.

#1- Measure twice, cut once but read the directions THREE times (or more).  Originally I planned on using a yellow for the top but the fabric I had did not play well with the chartreuse in the prints. After a trip to the local fabric shop (a topic for another post), the only fabric they had that went with my selected (and cut) prints was a mushroom grey-brown solid.

Prints cut and ready to go. Sardinia by Jessica Swift for Blend Fabrics.

Prints cut and ready to go. Sardinia by Jessica Swift for Blend Fabrics.

I did not pay close enough attention to the instructions when it came to cutting background fabric and ended up needing to purchase more of the mushroom solid. At least I have more scraps to play with for the backing.

Scraps to play with for the back

Scraps to play with for the back

#2- Make a plan and stick to it.  There are some fabrics that are not placed in my preferred symmetrical(ish) manner. This is because I made a plan, changed the plan, did not print out said plan, and did not double check the layout on my “design bed”.

Laying out the pieces on my

Laying out the pieces on my “design bed”

#3 Pin, pin, pin. When sewing triangles, it’s important points line up and don’t shift. After this quilt, I am totally seeing the value in the Marti Michelle’s corner trimmers and really want one now. Perhaps something to get when I visit the states in October…

The Good, the bad and the ugly pieced points

The Good, the bad and the ugly pieced points

Overall, I am happy with the finished top and excited to start piecing the back. I have a few ideas and feel free to play since it will be more of a secondary top. As for the quilting, I have a few ideas but need to let them marinate. I will be quilting the whole thing on my domestic Singer and this is by far the largest quilt I will attempt. I need to get my courage up.

Finished Queen Size Yuma Flimsy

Finished Queen Size Yuma Flimsy

Flimsy on a Queen Size Bed

Flimsy on a Queen Size Bed

Before I do all that, I am jumping over to the Meadow Mystery QAL and piecing some no-waste flying geese (a new technique I have been wanting to try).

To end on a positive note, Dora wants to remind everyone to take time and smell the (tropical) flowers.

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