Warm Connections {Day 24}: Friends Who Build You Up & Bush’s Beans Giveaway

If you want to change up your menu a bit for Thanksgiving this year, you’re going to love this post today! (And a cool giveaway.)

Recently I was in Montana with these friends, who I consider very “warm” friends. I never dreamed I’d have friends all over the country when I started blogging 5 years ago, the connections being far more than acquaintances. This group in particular is like family.

(Cheryl, Katie, Aggie, and me) :)

What are warm friends? When there are feelings of acceptance, love, lots of hugs, smiles, laughter, compliments, invitations, conversation, and encouragement.

Today I want to share with you Jeffrey Saad’s Cumin Chicken with Bush’s Black Bean Stuffing recipe. It’s fantastic and a different alternative for Thanksgiving next month.

It even tasted better cooking it in the great outdoors. (Here’s Jeffrey and his beautiful wife, Nadia, with Aggie, from Aggie’s Kitchen.)

Are you comfortable cutting up a whole chicken? We got a great lesson from Jeffrey on how to cut a chicken. (That’s Aggie, again, proud of her accomplishment.)

We did get a little silly (Mm-m-m, that would be Tidy Mom.)

And then we did some grilling. We had 2 variations of the recipe, both turning out fantastic.

(That’s Amy, Laura, Cheryl, Kristin.)

The taste and flavor from tossing the tortillas on the grill, and mixing in with the peppers to make a “stuffing” was brilliant!

Now for the GIVEAWAY …

This is what you can WIN:
Staub Grill Pan
Fabulous Apron
Bean Strainer
Recipes made at the event
Various spices to the make recipes
Coupons for free cans of Bush’s Beans

To enter, simply leave a comment:
Do you know how to cut up a whole chicken?
What’s your favorite “beans” recipe, using chicken?

It’s that easy! Giveaway will end on Wednesday, October 26th at midnight.

(Top photo of the Bush’s group courtesy of Crackle Photography.)


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90 Responses to “Warm Connections {Day 24}: Friends Who Build You Up & Bush’s Beans Giveaway”

  1. #
    dayle — October 24, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

    Oh my … I love Jeffrey, and loved him on Next Food Network Star. Glad he has his own show now on the Food Channel. How cool to be friends. The recipe sounds so yummy.

    As for your questions …. hmmmmmm …. Can I cut up a whole chicken? I have done it a time or two, but the results weren’t the same as when my mama does it. And I do not have a recipe that combines beans and chicken.

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    maria — October 24, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

    I don’t know how to cut up a whole chicken.
    I love to make frito boats w/any kind of beans. Tortilla chips or Fritos on bottom, any kind of warm beans on top, chopped onion, shredded cheese…lettuce anything you want. Yum.

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    Miriam — October 25, 2011 @ 3:07 am

    I do know how to cut up a chicken, but I don’t get much practice! We love chicken tortilla soup with plenty of beans.

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    Lynne in NC — October 25, 2011 @ 3:46 am

    Yes, I know how to cut up a whole chicken and use kitchen shears. I really like the recipe you’ve shared and definitely want to try it. Yum yum. Thanks for the gorgeous photos to show you’re time with the Bush’s Bean Babes!

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    Veronica — October 25, 2011 @ 4:14 am

    I have cut up a whole chicken before, but I just make it up as I go – so does that mean I technically know how ? :) ummm…I will go with yes. My hubby likes nachos with black beans and chicken – that is the only think I can think of that I have made that has both beans and chicken in it…but I love trying new recipes and this one looks very yummy!

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    tamara — October 25, 2011 @ 4:38 am

    I cut up chickens all the time, but I don’t know if I’m doing it the right way. It works for me anyway and the chicken’s not too upset about it. It still gets eaten!
    My favorite dish with beans and chicken has to be Asopao de pollo (Puerto Rican chicke stew) served over rice. Great time of year for it!

  7. #
    kathy t — October 25, 2011 @ 4:41 am

    I have never cut up a whole chicken -but I should learn , it would save us money and actually our boys like the legs and thighs better than the breast meat . We always add black beans to our taco salads and nachos. This is a great give away! .

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    Becky J — October 25, 2011 @ 4:42 am

    I love beans..like crazy love…in fresh salsas, as side dishes and my favorite -with grilled chicken and gooey cheese in an enchilada…I actually crave kidney beans sometimes & I will open a can, rinse them and- ahem- have a few spoonfuls… :) yes, my husband knows this! hee hee
    Blessings to you all!

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    Deb A. — October 25, 2011 @ 5:14 am

    I do not know how or think I would enjoy cutting up a whole chicken. My favorite recipe with chicken and beans is chicken chili. Great this time of year. What a wonderful giveaway. Thank you.

  10. #
    Judy@Savoring Today — October 25, 2011 @ 5:24 am

    While teaching classes on monthly cooking, I was surprised by the number of women who didn’t know how to cut up a whole chicken, so that became part of the class. With surgical gloves (these are always in my kitchen), even those who didn’t like to touch the meat were able to do it. It is the most economical way to buy chicken, and so versatile.

    Your recipe looks great!

  11. #
    Pam — October 25, 2011 @ 5:46 am

    Haven’t tried to cut up a whole chicken — but had a hilarious (and frustrating) time trying to “truss” a chicken once. I’ll try again until I can do it! Love that outdoor cooking for thanksgiving. In Louisiana it can be cold on Thanksgiving — or we can be wearing shorts!! Just never know!

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    Lana — October 25, 2011 @ 5:56 am

    No, I don’t know how to cut up a chicken. I could butcher the chicken really well, while cutting him up! – - I do make chicken and bean burritos, that my family loves!

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    janna briggs — October 25, 2011 @ 5:56 am

    I can *almost* cut up a whole chicken but I get stuck near the end. Those bones, those bones…
    I don’t’ have a favorite chicken and beans recipe unless you count my famous chicken enchiladas that I serve with either black beans or frijoles a la charra…

    Sure love your blog.

  14. #
    Emily — October 25, 2011 @ 6:14 am

    I am not a skilled chicken-cutter-upper, but we do make rice and beans with grilled chicken on a bi-weekly basis, using the filling for burritos, tacos, and enchiladas. They’re some of my kids’ favorite meals!

  15. #
    Sarah Hardy — October 25, 2011 @ 6:30 am

    I learned how to cut up a chicken when I was working at the Raley’s Deli back when I was 20. I have since forgotten…I’ll have to brush up on my skills! Thanks for this beautiful post. Can’t wait to try this recipe. ;)

  16. #
    Ann — October 25, 2011 @ 6:43 am

    I have chopped up a chicken a couple of times, although it grosses me out!! I make chicken stuffed peppers: peppers (prefer red), cooked chicken, beans, spanish rice, cheese. Its good, easy and I can make up a bunch to freeze, also I can omit the chicken for my veggie daughter :)

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    Lori C — October 25, 2011 @ 6:56 am

    I do know how to cut up a whole chicken, though I’ve never actually done so myself. I usually just cook it in a large stockpot until it falls apart on its own. My favorite chicken and beans dish… Enchiladas, of course!

  18. #
    Ginny — October 25, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    Chicken, black beans, salsa, corn, spinach – Southwest salad – with a dressing of sour cream and BBQ sauce. Pretty healthy and delicious. Not so good at cutting up a chicken – can do it, but tend to get basic and quick by pulling the dern thing apart after cooking. Love the giveaway!!! Thx

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    Carrie — October 25, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    I have no idea how to cut up a chicken so this will be a good learning experience! I like to use white chili beans with chicken breasts to make chili in my crockpot. Thanks for the recipe! It looks delicious. :)

  20. #
    Jennifer — October 25, 2011 @ 7:34 am

    Yes, I know how to cut up a chicken but I prefer to purchase it already cut up. I’m excited to try the recipe and grill one last time before the snow comes this week.

  21. #
    Becky L. — October 25, 2011 @ 7:44 am

    Yes, I know how to cut up a whole chicken. My family enjoys chicken chili.

  22. #
    RG — October 25, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    I know how to in my mind, have watched it done, but when it comes to actually having done it, I haven’t. Usually my man likes the choppy choppy part.

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    Jamie — October 25, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    I don’t cut up a whole chicken very often, but when I do, I have to get out my Joy of Cooking as my guide. I love, love, love chicken dishes with beans. My mom taught me many variations of “pollo con frijoles”. After I read this post, before I sat down to comment, I got up to soak a pot of pinto beans. Thanks! I’m printing out this recipe, looks right up my alley!

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    Shannon — October 25, 2011 @ 9:33 am

    I’ve never cut up a whole chicken yet- I’m a perpetual work in progress ( : but I learned a few years ago how to roast one and how to make an awesome crockpot chicken noodle soup with one.

  25. #
    Shannon — October 25, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    Forgot to add my favorite beans recipe using chicken. . . White Chicken Chili from the back of the Bush’s Navy Bean can. I substitute rotisserie chicken for this recipe so it’s fast weeknight meal for my family of 5.

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    Linda — October 25, 2011 @ 11:52 am

    I love your blog…I learned how to cut up a chicken watching Food TV…haha. My favorite recipes include a Taco soup with lots of beans and I often use frozen vegetable protein, a ground beef substitute plan to try it with chicken now that fall is here. So glad you are working with Bush’s…love their beans!! And am glad they are giving you new “bean” recipes.

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    SalBug — October 25, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

    Do you know how to cut up a whole chicken? Heck no! Just the thought of it frightens me!!

    What’s your favorite “beans” recipe, using chicken? I think your Cumin Chicken with Black Bean Stuffing will soon be!

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    Danielle W. — October 25, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

    I do not know how to cut up a whole chicken, and I have to mention that i really don’t think I want to. (yucky). Anyway. Thanks for the recipe. I will be substituting a whole cut up fryer {{{smiles}}} . My favorite recipe with beans and chicken is white chicken chile, in the crock pot. Thanks for the giveaway. Love that Apron.!!

  29. #
    Donna B. — October 25, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    Yes, I know how to cut up a whole chicken, and I do so quite often. It’s a lot cheaper that way ;)

    My favorite beans and chicken recipe – I don’t like beans but my son loves my white bean and chicken chili, so I’ll go with that! (PS – he’s a huge bean lover, so if I win the prize package is all his except for the grill pan!!)

  30. #
    teresa — October 25, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

    Yes I know how to cut up a whole chicken- but perfer not to…bad childhood memories =)
    I make a 5 different cans of beans tri tip chili does that count?
    Love the recipe you shared.
    Im off to pin it.

  31. #
    Erica Best — October 25, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

    i do not know how to cut up a whole chicken and and i love chicken bean burrito recipe so good

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    Janet B. — October 26, 2011 @ 3:19 am

    I do not know exactly how to cut up a whole chicken but I have seen it done on The Food Network :) I usually buy the rotiserie chickens for soup or fresh chicken already cut up.
    Right now I can not think of a recipe I make that incorporates chicken AND beans.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. #
    Ruth Hund — October 26, 2011 @ 6:45 am

    Yes, I can cut up a chicken, learned from a friend at college. My favorite bean recipe is my sister Kathleen’s Baked Beans recipe. It has multiple kinds of canned beans, cheese and bacon. It’ s always a hit at family reunions.

  34. #
    monica — October 26, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

    I do not know how to cut up a chicken!
    That recipe looks really good. What a wonderful giveaway!
    monk5 at charter dot net

  35. #
    Julie L — October 26, 2011 @ 6:29 pm

    I don’t know how to cook up a chicken

  36. #
    Julie L — October 26, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

    chili is my favorite dish to make with the beans thanks

  37. #
    Schmidty — October 26, 2011 @ 8:24 pm

    My grandma taught me how to cut one up (she grew and cooked her own), and I love shredded chicken and black beans burritos with lots of shredded mozzarella.

  38. #
    Beth C — October 26, 2011 @ 11:44 pm

    So I knew there was a reason I sat down to check a few blogs before midnight hehe =) j
    yes, I know how to cut up a whole chicken….but it still kind of grosses me out =(
    My favorite recipe with chicken and beans would have to be the speedy southwestern salad.
    Romaine, cheese, corn, black beans, taco chips, chicken, and the dressing is 1/2 ranch 1/2 picante sauce. We make it mild b/c of the children =) So good, so yummy and so fast on a busy summer night when we’ve been out in the garden !


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