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White Chili Recipe

White Chili – A Chili Bowl Special


  • ½ pound dried navy beans or 2 15-ounce cans
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce, or to taste
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1-2 teaspoons Sabrosa Fired up salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 4-ounce cans diced mild green chilis
  • 2 to 3 pounds chicken tenders, cooked and shredded
  • 1 ½ cups grated Monterrey jack or other mild cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Salsa for topping

If using dried beans, soak in cold water overnight. Simmer beans until tender, about 1 hour; drain.

Cook onion in skillet in 2 tablespoons butter over moderate heat until softened.

In a large heavy pot melt remaining 6 tablespoons butter and whisk in flour.  Cook roux, whisking constantly, 3 minutes.  Stir in onion and gradually add broth and half and half, whisking constantly.  Bring mixture to a boil and simmer, stirring 5 minutes or until thickened.  Stir in Tabasco, chili powder, cumin Sabrosa Fired up Salt and pepper.  Add beans, chilis, chicken, and cheese and cook mixture over low heat. Stirring for 20 minutes.

Garnish with cilantro and serve with salsa.

Serves 8 to 10

Black moss agate bracelet

black moss opal

Black moss opal bracelet
Black moss opal bracelet

Black Moss Opal is a milky-white to brown stone with dark green dendritic inclusions that resemble moss. The term “dendritic” is derived from the Greek word for “tree” – “dendron”.  This stone was mined in Australia.

A stone of great beauty and power, black moss opal contributes many beneficial qualities to its wearer.

Moss agate has been dubbed “the gardener’s stone”.  As such it encourages spring planting and is, in general, beneficial to nature, the earth and agriculture.

Just as spring symbolizes rebirth and new beginnings, black moss opal encourages “out with the old, and in with the new”  both physically and mentally.  As an encouraging stone, it fosters self-esteem and confidence.   It increases optimism and gives a welcome release from negativity. With new positivism come success and increased wealth.

Physically black moss opal is said to help to control symptoms of addictive behavior.  It is a boon in recovery from illness and injury.  It is said to help to deal with Alzheimer’s disease, childbirth, and problems of the digestive system.  It seems to have a mysterious ability as an anti-inflammatory when worn for extended periods.

A great stone for any season, black moss opal will be a beautiful and comforting addition to your wardrobe as part of an ensemble or all by itself.

Garlic Grater Dish

Garlic Grater Dish Instructions

In case you misplaced your copy, or didn’t receive one, here are our garlic grater instructions with some ideas for how you might use your grater.

Stoneware Garlic Graters
Hand Made Stoneware Grater Dishes

This simple to use, hand-made dish offers a more efficient way to puree and grate foods like garlic in order to preserve flavor, use more of the food, and finish the job in less time. Just a few swirls around the plate reduce a clove of garlic to a flavorful paste perfect for dips, sauces, or your favorite recipes. The bumps in the center of the plate enable grating food and keeping your fingers safe at the same time. It works even with hard foods like chocolate and ginger that are normally tough to grate.. This tool makes grating a variety of foods easy and allows you to produce professional quality results with very little effort.

You can also use it to zest lemons and oranges, grind cinnamon and chocolate, or puree fresh ginger. It is simple to use. You can move in circles, up and down, or even side to side. Because the plate has some depth to it, you can also use it as a dipping plate. Grate garlic and then add some olive oil and other spices for a delicious way to enjoy fresh bread.

Garlic:  Moisten grater with cold water. Hold grater in one hand with your fingers around the edges. With your other hand hold the clove of garlic between your fingers (hold the base/root end). · Move garlic in any direction until near fingers. (Discard root end as it’s too acidic to eat). You have just made the finest garlic paste with much more intense flavor than minced garlic. Use a small, stiff brush to clean garlic out of ridges. Or leave garlic and add oil, spices and vinegar for dipping.

Other Root Vegetables: · Always moisten plate first for ginger, carrots, wasabi, taro, Jalapeños, horseradish, etc. For fibrous foods like ginger, move only back and forth directions. Use a brush to remove the pulp.

Hard Cheese, Spices, and Fine Chocolates: · Start with a dry dish. Hold the grater vertically over the dish or recipe, and move food over the grater until you have desired amount. Gravity will drop grated food down.

Dishwasher, microwave and oven safe—Made in Pennsylvania


Irish Cultural Community Day

Irish Cultural Community Day
12:00 PM – 4:30 PM
FREE Open to the public. This event is presented by the Allentown St. Patrick’s Parade Committee, Inc. and sponsored by the West End Alliance of Businesses as a contribution to the community to highlight the Irish culture in dance, song, art, music, sport and theater. It is a totally free event, child and family friendly with audience and child participation in all activities. A passport will guide children to learn about Irish culture, and there is a drawing for prizes for those completing the passport journey.

For More Information

Stop by to see our pottery wheel demonstration and taste some delicious Party-In-A-Bowl dips.

Irish Community Day Artists At Heart Booth

New Venture

Miguel is handing out dip samples for Party in a Bowl at Christmas City Village
Miguel is handing out dip samples for Party in a Bowl at Christmas City Village

In collaboration with Debi Rice of Fun-Nominal Events, Artists At Heart has launched a new venture – Party in a Bowl.  In addition to beautiful hand-made stoneware bowls, we are selling delicious dip mixes.  We love celebrating, and what could be better than easy, delicious and beautiful – all in one?

You can sample our dips and see our bowls every Friday and Saturday from 11-8 and Sunday 11-5 at Christmas City Village in Bethlehem, next to the Sun Inn on Main Street, through December 20th.

Garlic and Herb Dipping Oil Recipe

Bread  Dipping  Oil

  • 1  tablespoon  dried  basilGarlic Grater Dish
  • 1  tablespoon  dried  parsley
  • 1  teaspoon  dried  thyme
  • 1  teaspoon  dried  oregano
  • 1  teaspoon  freshly  ground  black  pepper
  • ½  teaspoon  dried  crushed  dried  rosemary
  • ½  teaspoon  Sabrosa  salt  of  your  choice
  • ½  teaspoon  crushed  red  pepper,  to  taste,  optional
  1. Mix  all  dry  ingredients  together.
  2. Using  your  Artists  at  Heart  garlic  grater  bowl  or  plate,  grate  2  to  3  fresh  garlic  cloves,   or  more!
  3. Using  the  same  dish,  zest  a  lemon.
  4. You  can  also  grate  some  fresh   Parmesan  at  this  point.
  5. Add  ½  cup  olive  oil  and  ¼  of  the  dry  herb  mix.
  6. Swirl  together.
  7. Grab  some  fresh bread and enjoy!

This  amount  is  enough  for  2  cups  of  olive  oil.    Store   unused  portion  in  sealed  bag  in  refrigerator  for  later  use  if  not  making  that  amount.

Green Agate Necklace, Earrings and Bracelet

Stone of the Month—Tree Agate aka Moss or Dendritic Agate

Our beautiful summery and refreshing stone of the month is Tree Agate.  It has green veins on a white background, giving it a cool, leafy-glade type of feeling.  The green veins or dendrites, come from the Greek word “dendron” meaning “tree.” Tree agate is also associated with summer in that it is called a stone of abundance or plenitude.  Wearing Tree Agate  is said to guard against natural disasters and dispel sickness.  Tree agate also encourages strength and perseverance, the ability to meet challenges, and the capacity to see the connections in life all around. Since the stone has a strong calming influence, it is helpful in the relief of many disorder, including those of the nervous system, including exhaustion, the skeletal and circulatory system, and relief from general pain. Wearing Tree Agate was thought to encourage the favor of the gods.

By the way, have you ever wondered why children’s marbles are called “aggies”?  They’re named for the material they were made from—agate.

See some of our beautiful Tree Agate jewelry in person at one of our upcoming events!

Velveteen Chicken Soup

You know all about the velveteen rabbit, but this is a velvetty chicken—soup that is.  Perfect for a cold winter day, but also suited for a spring luncheon.  It’s easy and so delicious!

Velveteen Chicken Soup in Handmade Soup Crock

Serves 4 as an appetizer

  •  6 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup light cream or half and half
  • 3 cups lower sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup shredded chicken
  • freshly ground pepper and Sabrosa Guerande Grey salt to taste
  • fresh herb garnish

Melt butter in saucepan and blend in flour until smooth.  Stir in milk, cream and broth. Cook, stirring until mixture thickens and comes to a boil; reduce heat and add chicken and Sabrosa Guerande Grey salt and pepper to taste.  Serve immediately in a beautiful hand made soup crock from Artists At Heart.

Irish Coffee in Style

Try one of these Irish coffee recipes in a beautiful hand-made stoneware Celtic Spirit mug.

Irish Coffee with Kahlúa

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Stoneware Celtic Spirit Mugs with Irish Coffee
Celtic Spirit Mug

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail


  • 1 part Kahlúa Coffee Cream
  • 1 part Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • Freshly brewed coffee
  • Whipped cream for garnish


  1. Combine ingredients in an Artists At Heart St. Patrick’s Day Spirit mug.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Top with whipped cream.
  4. Note:  Whipping the cream is an extra step, but really worth the effort.  If you’re not up to in, prepared whipped cream in a can will do nicely.
  5. Note: Adjust the strength to your taste by adding more or less coffee

Irish Coffee

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail


  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces whiskey
  • 6 fluid ounces hot coffee
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar, or more to taste (optional)
  • 1/4 cup whipped cream


  1. Place sugar on a plate or shallow bowl.
  2. Lightly wet the rim of your Celtic Spirit mug with a moistened paper towel.
  3. Dip the rim in sugar to coat.
  4. Pour Irish whiskey into the prepared glass.
  5. Fill with coffee to within 1/2 inch of top.
  6. Add sugar and stir.

Top with whipped cream


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