Fun Menu after a Hike...or Any Time!

Mason Jars..."so Hottt right now."

 My son, Tommy and I hiked to Crystal Lake in 
Mammoth Lakes, California.  You can only get there on foot.  

I collected some wild flowers for the table on the way back.

Early the next day, I started 
Chicken And White Bean Chili in the crock pot for
Chicken Chili and Corn Bread in a Mason Jar.
2 lbs. boneless chicken breast cubed
one onion, chopped
three cloves garlic chopped
one quart chicken broth
3 cans cannelli or white northern beans
1 tbs. cumin
1 tbs. herbes de Provence
sea salt and pepper
1/2 package chopped kale with carrots

Put it all in the crock pot and cook for eight hours
(except the kale--I added it the last hour)
If you want a thicker chili, you can mix two tbs. cornstarch with a 
little water and stir it in also during the last hour. 
Adjust the seasoning.

I got the chili/corn bread in a mason jar idea from
Yvonne at Stone Gable.  

Fill the jars with the slightly cooled chili to about 2/3 full.
Top with the corn bread mixture (I just used Jiffy).
Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes...
during the last three minutes, 
I sprinkled grated cheddar cheese on top.
If desired, serve with chopped cilantro, a drop of salsa 
and hot sauce on the side.
Next time I make this, I think I will try it in French onion soup bowls.

The day before, I made brownies that I sprinkled with chocolate chips.  After the pan cooled...
I spread soften vanilla ice cream on the brownies.
Then decorated it with more chips 
and popped it back into the freezer
to serve after dinner the next day (so easy).
We deserved it (sort of) after our
hike around Convict Lake, Mammoth Lakes.
My daughter, Alie said we looked like an L.L. Bean advertisement.

Linda Davis, Phoenix television personality who covers
 simple entertaining, mentioned my blog on her show HERE!

Hope you are enjoying your summer!

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  1. The recipe looks great! And yes, you do look like an LL Bean ad!

    Congrats on the mention by Linda Davis.

    Have a great day.

  2. YUM, I am going to try this! Love chili, love cornbread and what a fun way to do it. You all do look like a LL Bean add, in a very good way!!
    Happy weekend,

  3. Love the jars of chili with cornbread, Yum!

    Looks like a fun filled day. Have a great weekend.

  4. Mary Ann please tell how the mention(s) on these television segments have affected your traffic and follower numbers. She gives you the supreme compliment with this feature - congratulations!

    Love the reminder of your pineapple cocktail recipe too. :-)


  5. I am so dang hungry right now...and that recipe is almost making me want to go to the store and start cooking.....maybe tomorrow:)

  6. I love crock pot recipes. Truth be told I don't like to cook....not to be mistaken for don't like to eat! This is right up my alley. Its a fun presentation too.

  7. What a great entertaining idea. I love the frozen brownie trick. How exciting that your blog was mentioned, congratulations.

  8. Now this is what I call a fun hike....you get to hike in beautiful surrounds and get to come back to an incredible meal. Are you looking to adopt a 40 something year old by chance maybe part time? LOL....love the idea, I bet it was delicious..and you are right mason jars are "the" thing to have! Good thing they don't cost alot:) Looks like a perfect day!

    Actually on second thought you might not want to adopt me, because I generally do not share brownies, even the entire pan:)

  9. I have never heard of baking cornbread with something underneath, but it looks absolutely delicious and so fun to eat! The brownies with the choc chips and ice cream sound heavenly! Happy weekend!
    ps - I have a great and easy cornbread recipe.

  10. Mary Ann, what fun. Y'all do look like a good L.L. Bean ad. Such a pretty place to hike. Love the photo with the snow capped mountains in the background.

  11. Recipes look delicious and of course your table looks great! Checked out the video...very cool! And well deserved! Congrats!

  12. Oh my gosh that is soooo exciting! I love the mason jars - such a cute way to serve food ... kind of the new "Chinese take out box" right? Except that even better I like that you can cook / heat right in the jar. I'm curious why you would try a shorter vessel next time (the French onion soup bowls- was it hard to get to the bottom?
    Next we are going to see you on the cover of a catalogue I think - I agree with Alie :D

    1. Yes, Sherri, the jars are fun and novel but a little too deep and we have the oven proof soup bowls.

  13. Everything looks amazing and Kudos to you my friend for being such a trendsetter!

  14. Enjoyed the post. Can't wait to try the chili in a mason jar ( vegetarian chili) !!

  15. Mary Ann I am definitely going to try this recipe it sounds so good! Looks like you had a great time hiking and the dogs look like they enjoyed their swim. Congratulations on your mention!


  16. Mary Ann,

    The food sounds yummy and looks like a fun time! You DO look like an ad for L.L. Bean! What a great photo.

    Congrats on the shout out...you definitely have a knack for entertaining and make it look so easy.

    Linda in S.D.

  17. Love the chili/corn bread in the mason jars! I will definitely have to try it! What a wonderful trip...great pictures!

  18. I'm trying your version of the chili! It looks scrumptious! Thanks for the sweet shout-out, Mary Ann! Looks like a great outing! ANd what a handsome group! Definitely a magazine ad!

  19. Yum....that sure looks delicious and a great dinner after a hike in beautiful Mammoth! I do love the Mason jar...such a fun idea, but I think your onion soup bowls would work better. You'd get more cornbread and it would be easier to eat the chili! And I'm going to definitely try the brownies with ice cream "FROSTing"!!! A wonderful combo all in one pan! Looks like you had a wonderful time.

  20. Well, Mary Ann, this is on my list of must trys! It looks absolutely delicious and I am always searching for a better white chili recipe.

    You do have such flair- you make everything seem so effortless and fun!

    Mimi@A House Romance

  21. Mary Ann...everything sounds so good...I'm going to have to try it...looks like your having a great time!

  22. That recipe sounds fantastic. I will give it a try. Congrats on the mention-- very exciting when things like that happen!

    I love your "L.L. Bean photo" ;)

  23. You do look like an ad for L.L. Bean....you are all beautiful and even a couple of dogs along for the hike. Love your ideas and how cool to get the attention of a Phoenix Television personality. You deserve it!

  24. Love you living your life with your beautiful family! and creating the greatest memories AND MEALS!!!!! have a ball. Congrats on the media mention fabulous one!
    xo Nancy

  25. Mary Ann-
    This all looks wonderful!! I can't wait to try this cornbread in a jar!
    Congratulations on mention. Well deserved.
    Happy Tuesday.

  26. Mary Ann this chili with cornbread looks delish and the recipe is from Yvonne; well then we know it is!!
    A great way to present it and OMG those brownies and ice cream!

    Congrats on the media mention; you certainly deserve it!
    By the way your family looks great!

    2013 Artists Series-Kerry Steele

  27. So many uses for mason jars! I have been using them this summer for triffles. Everyone loves having their own little dessert. And that chicken chilli looks wonderful! Congrats on the mention also! Hope your having a great day! -Tonya

  28. Yum! Thank you for sharing a wonderful recipe! Can not wait to try it!

  29. Love the creativity and looks so good! Will give this one a try! YUM. xo

  30. Ah- the memories. The Mammoth Lakes region is full of old memories and young hopes. Thank you for reminding us of the magic of the mountains.

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