I cannot hear the knock due to the incessant barking of our protective terrier. I know enough to check, though. A smiling face is on the other side of the door, and I squeeze through a crack in it out onto the porch.
Would you like some tortilla chips? A friend asks. Our supplier had extras, and I was trying to think of who to give them to.
Always grateful for daily bread in any form, I gladly accept several bags. The bank account is running on fumes, and payday has yet to arrive.
I don’t know if we will get any more in the future, she adds.
That’s ok! These are great for now. I always trust that we will get exactly what we need for the day. Thank you so much.
We exchange goodbyes, and I return to the house, assuring the dog that all is well, and he can relax now. I continue on with the day and all that needs to happen, including thoughts of supper. I will plan something around the tortilla chips.
Not long after, Mom reaches out with a question, Would you like some White Chicken Chili? I have enough for extra.
I respond with gratitude, Of course! I would love that!
An errand later in the day takes me past her house, so I stop in to pick up the food. She gathers a bag with all of the ingredients along with advice on how best to prepare it if I am using the crock pot.*
This is what I want to remember. We have never lacked daily bread. Whether in crispy white tortilla chip form or whole wheat loaf embodiment, each day is this day that we have been fed.
Mom’s White Chicken Chili
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken cut into pieces
1 med onion, chopped
1 ½ t garlic powder (2-3 cloves)
Saute in saucepan until chicken is no longer pink.
1 15 oz can chicken broth
2 15 oz cans Great Northern Beans drained/rinsed
2 4oz cans green chilis, chopped
1/4t cayenne pepper
Bring to a boil and simmer 30 mins
Add right before serving:
1c sour cream
½c whipping cream
*Note: If preparing in the crock pot, put the sauteed chicken step in the fridge and add it 1/2 hour to an hour before serving. All of the ingredients in the middle section can be placed in the crock pot ahead of time to simmer. This keeps the chicken from overcooking. Then add the sour and whipping cream right before serving.
Follow-up note: My eldest son called after reading this to ask if we would have had food to go with the tortilla chips if the White Chicken Chili hadn’t shown up. I assured him that straits weren’t that dire, and that I had options that I was considering with ingredients in the freezer and pantry. The appearance of the chili just meant I could skip that step. I have great kids. Every. Single. One.