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White Chicken Chili or Turkey Chili

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White Chicken Chili

Thanksgiving is next week and you probably haven’t you thought about what you will do with all that left over turkey?  We have a white chicken chili recipe where you can substitute turkey for the chicken and have a turkey chili. This is a meal that we often serve when we have family and guest visiting that will warm you from the inside out.

I love Thanksgiving.  It is a holiday where friends and family can gather and enjoy all the blessings we have.  Of course the turkey dinner is always a big plus.  If you are lucky you have enough to have leftovers you won’t have to cook for a couple of days.  For some reason turkey leftovers tast just as good on Friday and Saturday.  And who doesn’t like turkey sandwiches, but before you use up all the turkey you may want to make a hearty chili.

This recipe is great all year round, but during the winter months this will warm you up and satisfy your appetite.  Another great thing about this recipe is there is very little cooking, just throw the ingredients into a crock pot and 8 hours later dinner is served!  Typically we use a rotisserie chicken that we buy at the supermarket when making this, but if you have leftover turkey then substitute the turkey for the chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced (or combination of colored peppers)
  • 4 cans cannelloni or great northern beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock, divided
  • 1 can diced, mild chilis, drained
  • 12 oz package white shoepeg corn, frozen
  • 1 rotisserie chicken or 4 poached chicken breasts, shredded

Instructions:

  • Saute onions, garlic and green pepper in oil until translucent and soft. Add 1 cans beans and 1/2 cup chicken stock.
  • Puree in pan or transfer to and blend until smooth.
  • Place pureed mixture into the bottom of a 6 cup crock pot.  Add all remaining ingredients, stir to combine.  Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.  Do not be tempted to lift the lid of the crock pot during cooking, doing so will increase cooking time.

We usually serve this in a bowl over whole grain rice or quinoa.  Enjoy!

The Dawson House-301 Cabell Street

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301 Cabell Street

The Dawson House at 301 Cabell Street

This frame house was built in 1873 by Renny and Mary Dawson.  It was one of the first houses constructed during the building boom on Daniel’s Hill following its annexation to the city in 1870.  Mr. Dawson owned a tobacco box factory located nearby in the Upper basin (present-day site of Griffin Pipe).

The house is typical of the Victorian era but displays a number of architectural refinements that point to a knowledgeable architect or builder.  Although the Cabell Street front is only two bays wide, the façade is divided into two equal planes that stand at right angles to each other.  Both bays are covered by gables adorned with vergeboards with carved trim.

The tiny front porch occupied the space formed by the re-entrant of the façade.  Embellished with octagonal columns and pilasters the porch is polygonal in plan.  The unusually located front door-almost hidden from Cabell Street-comes into view as you approach the front porch.  This door and all of the windows are topped by shallow rectangular pediments.

Among the noteworthy architectural features of the interior are the original curved wooden handrail of the staircase and the fireplace mantels found in each room.

The Daniels Hill neighborhood is on the National Historic Register and the neighborhood has many homes of historic significance.  The neighborhood was established when the plantation, once owned by Dr. George Cabell, was carved up into lots and sold to individuals as the City of Lynchburg was growing.

 

Liberty University’s tunnel.

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Liberty University Tunnel (campus side)

Liberty University Tunnel (campus side)

 

Tunnel at Liberty University

Liberty University side of the tunnel

Liberty University opened a new entrance onto their campus last May with the completion of their new tunnel that goes under the Norfolk-Southern railroad tracks..  What made this project unique and interesting, at least from my point of view, is how the tunnel was constructed.  The tunnels were prefabricated and shipped to the site.  Each tunnel is a large concrete box weighing 4.2 million pounds and measuring 26 feet tall, 32 feet wide and 130 feet long.

Tunnel at Liberty University

Tunnel was pulled from this side

A large concrete pad was constructed and these massive concrete boxes were positioned on the pad on the Liberty University side of the tracks. The boxes were pulled and pushed through the soil until they broke through the other side.  On the “other side” of the tracks the ground was reinforced with steel and concrete and holes were drilled through to the Liberty University campus side and cables were run through and connected to the concrete boxes that would be pulled through.  The boxes were equipped with cutting edges to aid in the process.  When pulling with the cables wasn’t sufficient to move these giant boxes they were also pushed.

Tunnel at Liberty University

Tunnel pushes through to the other side

As the boxes were being pushed and pulled, excavating equipment was in the box to remove the earth as it made its way under the railroad tracks.  This is the first time that this type of tunnel construction had been done in North America. During the entire process, engineers from Norfolk-Southern were on site to ensure the earth below the tracks was solid so that trains passing overhead wouldn’t derail.

After breaking through to the other side (Wards Road), pavement was put down and the tunnel was opened for traffic just in time for Liberty University’s 2013 graduation.  Since its opening the entrances on both sides have undergone some cosmetic improvements such as bricking the walls, landscaping, adding lighting and putting in a pedestrian walkway.

 

Tunnel at Liberty University

Inside tunnel facing Wards Road

Today, driving through the tunnels one would never think about how they got here, but I found it very interesting to watch the process.  To most it is just a tunnel but to me, it is a project that demonstrated man’s ability to think outside the box in problem solving.  Next time you drive by the tunnel imagine what it took to drag/pull a 4.2 million pound box of concrete through the earth. While the tunnel will never be a tourist attraction in Lynchburg or for Liberty University, the story about how it got here is worth remembering.

Recently the tunnel construction project was named best Small Project (under $10 million) in the MidAtlantic region, consisting of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia by Engineering News-Record (ENR) MidAtlantic, a magazine and website for construction industry professionals.

There are many things to do and see during your stay at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, but if you drive by the tunnel perhaps now you can appreciate the story of “The Tunnel” as we now call it.