10th annual District 2 contest
I know we are well into winter, but I’m thinking ahead to fall 2018 celebrations and to the District 2 holiday gift I will offer you. For our 10th annual District 2 contest, I am asking for entries of your favorite recipes for fall feasts. I plan to produce a Potawatomi-centric cookbook. Entries are welcome from within and outside District 2. Please include a note with the recipe that says where you got the recipe (including if it is original to you) and the types of celebrations at which you serve the dish. I will print several of the entries in upcoming columns, and those who submit will be entered into a drawing for the Pendleton blanket shown in the photo here. I’ll also put the recipes together into a book that I’ll send out as a year-end gift. The entry deadline is April 15. You can email, mail or Facebook message me. Multiple entries are welcome.
I’ll start us off with a recipe of my own.
Slow Cooker Chicken Soup with Wild Rice
Preparation is quick, and this recipe makes about 10 servings. It can be made dairy and/or gluten-free.
• 1 cup uncooked wild rice
• 6 cups chicken broth
•1 lb. boneless raw chicken
• 2 cups of chopped celery,
carrots and onions
• 1/2 tsp. thyme
• 1/2 tsp. sage
• 1/2 cup butter
(or nondairy alternative)
• 3/4 cup flour (gluten-free
rice flour also works)
• 2 cups milk
(or almond milk)
Put the uncooked wild rice, chicken broth, raw chicken, vegetables and spices in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours. Take out cooked chicken and shred. Return shredded chicken to the slow cooker. Melt the butter or nondairy alternative in a saucepan, add flour and cook for one minute. Slowly whisk in the (almond) milk to form a creamy, thick sauce. Add mixture to the slow cooker, stirring to combine. Add water or broth to the cooker to obtain consistency you want. Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy.
Presently, I have one upcoming District 2 event planned — a 10 a.m. March 10 visit to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. The visit will begin with a museum tour followed by a business meeting and barbecue lunch.
According to BCRI’s website (bcri.org), the institute is “a cultural and educational research center that promotes a comprehensive understanding and appreciation for the significance of civil rights developments in Birmingham.” It is part of the National Park Service’s Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument, which includes the site of the racially motivated 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church, an attack that marked a pivotal point in the civil rights movement.
Please note that entrance fee and lunch costs will be covered by CPN.
Postcards like the one that is part of this column will be mailed to CPN members within driving distance of Birmingham. If you don’t receive a postcard, you are welcome to join us with an RSVP by email or phone by March 3.
Soon I expect to have a 2018 date for our next private tour of the archives of the National Museum of the American Indian in Suitland, Maryland. I will also have a meeting in Florida before school lets out for the summer, but I don’t have details quite yet.
Please come to District 2 events if you are able. As always, I can’t wait to see old and new friends across the country. It’s particularly lovely to meet those of you attending your first CPN get-together.
As a reminder for later in the summer, the Family Reunion Festival is June 29-July 1 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation hosts the Gathering of Potawatomi Nations July 29-Aug. 5 in Mayetta, Kansas.
Updated details on all District 2 events can be found on the calendar page of my website. Visit the website regularly, so you don’t miss an event. Please don’t be put off by the distance between us. Let’s connect! When planning meetings around our district, I recognize that many of you will not have the opportunity to travel to them.
If you have questions, comments or ideas to share with me, I hope you will through email, phone or letter. Building our CPN community in District 2 continues to be my top priority as your legislator. If you leave a message, please say your name and phone number slowly and clearly. I have some messages that I can’t quite make out, and I am sorry if you haven’t heard back from me.
Kindest regards and bama pi (until later),