Our family just got a little bigger. Last month we welcomed a new bundle of joy! She weighs in at a whopping 12 pounds, 6 ounces. She’s 13 inches long. She’s got the prettiest, biggest blues you’ve ever seen. Her name is Bessie.
Isn’t she beautiful? I’m so in love! I’ve been dreaming of having one forever, and my dreams finally came true. She’s just as wonderful as I was hoping.
The best part: Bessie costs less than $30! She comes from my favorite grocery store ever – HEB. Those of you who didn’t grow up in Texas might not know about HEB, but it’s truly the best! I’ve lived in places all over the country, and nothing else compares. I get homesick for shopping at that place.
HEB has it’s own line of just about everything, including cookware. Bessie is from the Cocinaware collection. She’s enameled cast iron, and a great quality one at that. She’s big and heavy, and she holds enough to feed my whole family. That’s a huge plus.
I typically have a rule in this house – no kitchen stuff unless it’s dishwasher safe. I don’t have the time or desire to stand at the sink scrubbing dishes. Knives and this dutch oven are the exception. She cleans so easily, no matter what I cook.
So what was the first thing we made together? Chicken Tortilla Soup! It had to be something appropriately Tex-Mex. Super easy, delicious, and it was all made in Bessie.
Since Bessie joined our family, I’ve barely cooked in anything else. I can’t stand the thought of shoving her in a cabinet out of sight (she’s so pretty!), so she is currently living on the stove. I can’t recommend her highly enough. You don’t have to live in Texas to go to HEB to buy one, you can now shop online. Here’s the link to your very own Bessie. Make sure you check out all the other great HEB products. They really are great quality that won’t break your bank.
Am I crazy to name a dutch oven and treat her like a family member? Probably. But you’ll understand once you have one. Let me know when you “adopt” yours, and send me pictures of her!
Tell me below in the comments what your favorite kitchen goodie is! Did you name it?
*This was not a sponsored post and these are not affiliate links. I just love it all so much I had to spread the word and share the love.*
- 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 lbs chicken, diced
- 1/2 bunch green onions, diced
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can (14 ounce) diced tomatoes with green chiles
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 splash Tobasco sauce
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 6 cups water
- 2 chicken boullion cubes
- 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped, plus extra for garnish
- queso fresco or cheddar cheese
- sour cream
- fried tortilla strips
- Heat the oil in dutch oven/soup pot over medium-high heat.
- Brown the chicken.
- Add the next 11 ingredients (through cilantro), and bring to a boil.
- Turn heat down to simmer, and let the soup simmer for at least 15 minutes.
- When ready to serve, add cheese and tortilla strips to bottom of bowl then pour soup over those.
- Garnish with sour cream, avocado, and cilantro (and a little extra cheese, if you want).