Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Corn Chowder with Cheese and Bacon



Hello everyone, last Friday I wanted a corn chowder but I didnt want to spend the whole day in the kitchen chopping veggies.  Even though the more veggies in something like this the better, still I wanted to keep it simple.  So I am going to share with you my creation. Which by the way it was so delicious and my husband was very impressed since he's not normally a fan, he really enjoyed this as much as myself and the kids.  So I am going to share this with you all.

Ingredients:

3 slices of bacon
1 large onion diced
1 stalk of celery diced
3 diced potatoes
1 can of corn or fresh or frozen (if you choose to use creamed corn use 1 can of reg. corn too)
3 chicken bullion cubes
4 cups of water
2 cups of milk ( I used skim but you can use what you want even evaporated milk)
2 slices of thick cheese or you can just use a couple of handfuls of cheddar ( I used Velveeta because it melts smooth)
1 pinch of crushed red pepper flake
1 tablespoon of Mrs Dash onion and herb seasoning or you can use whatever seasonings you want
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Grab a dutch oven or large pot.  Put some extra virgin olive oil in the pot about a teaspoon. Next cut up your bacon.  Put the bacon in the dutch oven and turn your burner on a medium low setting.  When the bacon is crisp and has rendered all its juices, drain the bacon on paper towels and put aside.  Add all your veggies except the corn to the dutch oven.  Once the onions are translucent add in your seasonings and liquid except milk.  Once the potatoes are done or fork tender add in the corn and milk.  Bring up to a simmer and  take off the heat.  While the chowder is still hot add in the cheese and let it melt.  Once the cheese is melted and the corn is heated through, you are ready to serve.  Add salt and pepper to taste and serve up with a side salad and crusty bread.  Live, laugh and love all.  Heather



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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup




Hello everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween filled with ghosts and goblins and lots of candy.  A few weeks ago everyone in my family was feeling under the weather and I wanted soup but I wanted to make it myself.  We had a left over roasted chicken in the fridge and so I thought I would make a homemade chicken stock and make some soup.  Be looking for that recipe for the homemade stock in the coming days but today I will give you the recipe on how I made this delicious soup.  Its very healthy and very filling.  My family loved it and there were no left overs, so this was just what the Dr ordered or in this case just what the mama ordered.

Ingredients:

6 cups of chicken stock or broth
4 carrots
4 chicken breasts with the skin on
1 large onion or two small ones
3 stalks of celery including the leafy parts
4 cloves of garlic
2 cups of rice I used reg. white rice
1 jalapeno diced (optional)
4 dried bay leaves or 2 fresh ones
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
1 tablespoon of onion powder
1 teaspoon of cumin (optional)
Half of a teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1 teaspoon of dried thyme or you can use fresh
1 teaspoon of black pepper
salt to taste

Instructions:

Before you get started on anything you need to roast your 4 chicken breasts with the skin on.  Season with any seasonings of your choice, I kept it simple.  Salt and pepper and a little bit of thyme, since I was using the same seasonings in the soup I thought I would keep it all universal.  They will roast for about an hour at 350 degrees in your oven.  After the chicken has cooled remove the skin and start dicing up your chicken.  Put in a bowl and put aside.  Now start dicing up all your veggies, add some extra virgin olive oil to a dutch oven or a large pot and add in all the veggies.  Let them get soft and translucent.  From here add in all your seasonings and chicken stock and chicken.  Bring everything up to a boil and add in the rice.  Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until all the veggies have softened and the rice is done.  Serve with some crackers or crusty bread or a salad or just have it on its own.  Its a great way to stay warm and have some comfort food without a lot of the fat and calories.  I hope your family enjoys this as much as mine did.  Take care all and Live, laugh and love.  Heather