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Favorite Recipe: Chicken and Corn Chowder ~ Post #2

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Note about this post:  We are taking a little blog-cation over the coming days and are republishing some of our top posts from the past (in no particular order).  Perhaps you’ll find a new nugget or two that you’ve missed along the way or maybe just a timely reminder.  We look forward to being back with you in a few days!  :)

I was flipping through my recipe file this morning and pulled out this family favorite, which I thought I’d pass along.  I love this chicken and corn chowder recipe because it is delicious and easy, yet not full of “bad” fat calories.   I hope you enjoy it, too!

Chicken-Corn Chowder

Ingredients

  • 4  medium onions, diced
  • 1/4  cup  olive oil
  • 5  medium potatoes, cubed
  • 2  celery stalks, chopped
  • 1  tablespoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  pepper
  • 2  cups  chicken broth
  • 5  cups  milk
  • 2  (15 1/4-ounce) cans whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1  (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn
  • 1  cup  half-and-half (I use the fat-free version to cut down on fat)
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons paprika
  • 1/4  teaspoon  dried thyme
  • 3  cups  chopped cooked chicken*
  • Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Directions

  1. Saute onion in olive oil in a Dutch oven until tender.
  2. Add cubed potato and next 4 ingredients; bring to a boil.
  3. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until vegetables are tender
    (about 15 minutes)
  4. Add milk and next 6 ingredients; cook until heated
    (10-15 more minutes).
  5. Sprinkle with parsley if desired.

*3 cups chopped cooked ham or turkey may be substituted.

Tip:  I double this recipe, as this soup freezes nicely and is great to have on hand for a fast dinner.

 

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Save 90%! Gooseberry Patch Dinners On A Dime eCookbook ~ Only $0.89!

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Worth checking out ~ Amazon has temporarily lowered the cost on Gooseberry Patch Dinners on a Dime eCookbook for only $0.89 (Hardback retails for $16.95 in stores).  The cookbook includes more than 200 recipes for delicious, budget-friendly family meals.

About the book:

“When we were kids, our moms always seemed to know the thriftiest ways to fix delicious meals that everybody loved. Some of their dollar-stretching secrets still come in handy today! Dinners on a Dime cookbook is filled with easy, budget-friendly recipes for mouth-watering family meals. You’ll find festive, yet frugal suppers like 4-cheese mostaccioli bake, one-dish dinners like easy cheesy potatoes & sausage, and sides like buttery Parmesan potatoes.”

Do note that if you plan to get this book, you might not want to wait ~ we don’t know how long it will be available for this cheap. Also, if you do not have a Kindle, you can still download these cookbooks for free and read them on your PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, Blackberry and other devices (learn more below).

There are lots of other FREE books available anytime for download,  including a lot of great classics (go here).

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Cheap Comfort Food (& It’s Healthy!): 13-Bean Fort Worth Soup Recipe

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This week’s winter weather has me in the mood for this hearty bean soup ~ terrific comfort food for a rainy, cold day like today.  This recipe will make enough to feed a crowd, is cheap to make, and is even better the 2nd day after the flavors continue to meld together in the refrigerator.  Add a loaf of crusty french bread and a salad and you’ll have a terrific meal to feed the family. 

Do note that to make this soup, you will need to soak the beans for at least 8 hours before cooking (so plan accordingly).    :)

Bon Appetite, y’all!

13-Bean Fort Worth Soup

Ingredients

4 1/2 Cups of a mixed Bean Soup Mix (We used Bob Mills 13 Bean Soup, but any multi-bean soup mix will work)
2 1/2 Quarts of Water (to soak beans overnight)
1/8 cup Apple cider vinegar

3 Quarts water or stock (chicken, vegetable, or beef)
1/8 Cup Dried minced onion
3 Tablespoons dried parsley flakes
2 Tablespoons cumin
2 1/2 Teaspoons garlic powder
3 Teaspoons dried basil
1  1/2 Teaspoons dried oregano
2  Cans (14 oz each) diced or crushed tomatoes (We used 1 can of Muir Glen Organic roasted tomatoes  & 1 can Rotel with Chilis because we like the extra spice & depth of flavor)
Salt & pepper to taste

Optional Ingredients for Variations
1 Cup Brown Rice    – AND/OR-
1 Pound of meat of choice (like stew meat, ham, chicken, or sausage), cut into bite size pieces    – AND/OR-
1 Can (4 oz) of Diced Green Chiles

Directions

  1. Rinse and sort beans. In a large stockpot, add the beans, the 2 1/2 quarts of water  and apple cider vinegar.  Stir and soak overnight (or at least 8 hours).
  2. Drain and rinse the beans and add back to the stockpot along with the 3 Quarts of stock (or water), and all remaining ingredients except the salt and pepper.
  3. Stir all ingredients together and bring to a boil.
  4. Cover and reduce the heat to and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours (until the beans are tender).
  5. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Variations

  • Add 1 cup of brown rice during the last hour of simmering.
  • Add 1 pound of meat of choice, cut into bite-sized (like stew meat, ham, chicken, or sausage) to cook along with the beans. Add between steps #3 & #4 (right after the ingredients come to a boil and before you reduce the heat to simmer).
  • If you like extra spice, add 1 can (4 ounce) of Diced Green Chiles during the last hour of simmering.

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FREE Gooseberry Patch Cookie Swap Cookbook

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Gooseberry Patch has just released Cookie Swap, another terrific e-cookbook available for FREE download through Amazon Kindle. This latest release has a lot of helpful info for putting together a Christmas cookie exchange party along with some great-looking cookie recipes and other treats to get you started.

Do note that if you plan to get this book, you might now want to wait as we don’t know how long it will be available for free. Also, if you do not have a Kindle, you can still download these cookbooks for free and read them on your PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, Blackberry and other devices (learn more below).

FREE cookbooks available to download (Kindle Editions):

There are lots of other FREE books available anytime for download,  including a lot of great classics (go here).

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FREE Gooseberry Patch and Stonyfield Farms Cookbooks

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There are some terrific e-cookbooks available for FREE download through Amazon Kindle right now. Even if you do not have a Kindle, you can still download these cookbooks and read them on your PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, Blackberry and other devices (learn more below).

The FREE cookbooks include (Kindle Editions):

There are lots of other FREE books available anytime for download,  including a lot of great classics (go here).

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Easy Mother’s Day Breakfast Ideas & Recipes: Let the Kids Cook

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We have rounded up some easy breakfast recipes to help get Dad & your little ones on the right track for Mother’s Day.  These recipes come from a few of our favorite home cooking & foodie sites, so even if the little one’s aren’t cooking breakfast for you, these are great sites/recipes to bookmark for use in the future.

Wholesome Mommy has some great advice for helping your kids take care of breakfast.  She says, “Decide on a simple dish/recipe that your kids can make all by themselves.  Leave easy to follow directions on the counter along with the dishes, tray, and any ingredients that the kids can’t safely reach themselves.  If you can, get your husband involved and tell him your plan so that he can help the kids get the things they need in the morning – but remind him to let them do it all by themselves!”  Her Mother’s Day breakfast recipes include Layered Granola Parfait, Cinnamon & Sugar Toast, Cinnamon Oranges, and some scrumptous looking Waffles with Pecan Maple Syrup

         

Mommy’s Kitchen Blog features some super easy recipes and easy to follow picture instructions for Yogurt & Granola Breakfast Parfaits, Bacon & Cheese Muffins, Sausage Cream Cheese Crescents, Easy Monkey Bread, Overnight French Toast, Fruit Smoothies, and more.

Food Network  has compiled a few recipes that they say are so easy, Mom won’t even need to help.  Their suggested simple menu for mom includes: Giada’s custardy Baked French toast with Blueberries, a Citrus Cream Smoothie, and The Lady’s Perfect Scrambled Eggs.

And for the somewhat experienced cook: AllRecipes.com has a “Mother’s Day Top 20” list of recipes that includes top-rated breakfast items like Simple Scones, Whole Grain Waffles, Crepes and a Cinnabon recipe clone (I must check this one out for myself!).  Do note that most of these recipes are probably too advanced for little ones, though.

Happy Mother’s Day, dear Moms.  I hope this is a restful, joyful weekend for you!   Enjoy and Share! :)

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3 FREE Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks ~ Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes & More!

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There are 3 Gooseberry Patch cookbooks available for FREE download through Amazon Kindle. Even if you do not have a Kindle, you can still download these cookbooks and read them on your PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, Blackberry and other devices (learn more below).

The FREE Gooseberry Patch cookbooks include:

There are lots of other FREE books available anytime for download,  including a lot of great classics (go here).

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A Favorite Taste of Fall: Amazing Homemade Pumpkin Fudge Recipe

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The sights of autumn all around have put  Pumpkin Fudge on the front of my mind and have prompted me to share this ADDICTING recipe (you were warned)! This is the most amazing, melt-in-your-mouth fudge and best use of pumpkin from a can! 

Pumpkin fudge is simple to make ~ just be sure to use a candy thermometer to get the consistency right (otherwise you might end up with a culinary creation other than fudge).

Bon Appetite, y’all!

Amazing Pumpkin Fudge

Ingredients

1  (12-ounce) package white chocolate morsels
1  (7-ounce) jar marshmallow crème
1  cup  chopped pecans, toasted
1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
3  cups  sugar
3/4  cup  melted butter
2/3  cup  evaporated milk
1/2  cup  canned pumpkin
2  tablespoons  corn syrup
2  teaspoons  pumpkin pie spice

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, blend together first 4 ingredients and set aside (do not worry about consistency).
  2. Stir together remaining 6 ingredients (sugar through pumpkin pie spice) in a large saucepan over med-high heat, and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Keep cooking and stirring until a candy thermometer registers 234° (soft-ball stage) or for about 12 minutes.
  3. Remove pan from heat; quickly stir in white chocolate / pecan / marshmallow cream mixture from step 1 until well blended.
  4. Pour into a well-greased 9-inch square pan. Let stand 2 hours or until completely cool; cut fudge into squares.

Important note: The fudge will begin to set very quickly once the candy thermometer reaches 234° and the saucepan is removed from the heat.  In step #3, be sure to add the remaining ingredients & spoon the fudge into the pan quickly.

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Favorite Fall Recipe: Chicken and Corn Chowder

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The cooler North Texas weather is definitely putting me in the mood for some fall “comfort food.”  I was flipping through my recipe file this morning and pulled out this family favorite, which I thought I’d pass along.  I love this chicken and corn chowder recipe because it is delicious and easy, yet not full of “bad” fat calories. 

I hope you enjoy it, too!

Chicken-Corn Chowder

Ingredients

  • 4  medium onions, diced
  • 1/4  cup  olive oil
  • 5  medium potatoes, cubed
  • 2  celery stalks, chopped
  • 1  tablespoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  pepper
  • 2  cups  chicken broth
  • 5  cups  milk
  • 2  (15 1/4-ounce) cans whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1  (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn
  • 1  cup  half-and-half (I use the fat-free version to cut down on fat)
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons paprika
  • 1/4  teaspoon  dried thyme
  • 3  cups  chopped cooked chicken*
  • Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Directions

  1. Saute onion in olive oil in a Dutch oven until tender.
  2. Add cubed potato and next 4 ingredients; bring to a boil.
  3. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until vegetables are tender
    (about 15 minutes)
  4. Add milk and next 6 ingredients; cook until heated
    (10-15 more minutes).
  5. Sprinkle with parsley if desired.

*3 cups chopped cooked ham or turkey may be substituted.

Tip:  I double this recipe, as this soup freezes nicely and is great
to have on hand for a fast dinner.

What is your favorite fall recipe?  Let us know in the
comments section.  We’d love to hear from you!

 

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Grilling this Summer? Check Out These FREE Resources & Recipes From Martha Stewart, America’s Test Kitchen, Southern Living, and More!

                         

Summertime and the cooking is easy.

 I recently found myself poking around the internet looking for some fresh summer ideas for cooking vegetables and grilled fare. I had hoped to find some yummy recipes for the abundance of vegetables that are beginning to ripen in our summer garden (bliss!). In my hunt, I uncovered a wealth of FREE and most definitely “pass-a-long worthy” resources.  

I’ve compiled the list below and hope that you, too, find some inspiration to cook something new for your next outdoor grilling event or summer dinner with the family (lots of great ideas for 4th of July entertaining tucked into these links as well)!   

The FREE resource scoop:  

:: Martha Stewart Summer Grilling Cookbook (pdf).  This  FREE Ebook includes over 30 recipes for appetizers, main dishes, and desserts (and everything in between). The recipes come straight from acclaimed chefs such as Fort Worth’s own Tim Love, Emeril Lagasse, Steven Raichlen (BBQ Expert & Author), and more.   

Mike Mills’ (17th Street Grill) even tells how to make his special BBQ Rub from scratch!   Tip:  This ebook is available for a limited time, and is downloadable as a pdf.  Be sure to print out the recipes you like or save them to your computer (or to your pdf capable smart phone).   

:: Cook’s Illustrated (America’s Test Kitchen) Grilled Vegetable Guide (pdf).  This 2-page FREE guide (direct from Cook’s Illustrated magazine), unpacks the results of the trial kitchen’s quest to find the ultimate way to grill vegetables with tasty success.  They have recommended simple methods for getting no-fail results along with great illustrations and easy-to-follow tips. This is downloadable as a pdf, too!   

                                    

:: Paula Deen’s Summer Grill Recipes. This link is full of summer recipes and grilling inspiration from Paula Dean.  Perfect for getting ideas for Fourth of July and Summer Cookouts.

:: Southern Living Magazine’s Favorite Summer Vegetable Recipes (special web section).  One of our regular stops for looking for dinner inspiration, Southern Living has compiled a nice set of recipes that take advantage of summer’s bounty.  Click here and you’ll also find an archive of all the recipes from every monthly issue (including our family’s favorite recipe for King Ranch Chicken).   

:: Taste of Home’s Top 10 Grilled Vegetable Recipes. In addition to recipes, you’ll find links for grilling “how-tos”  plus a fruit and vegetable grilling chart (complete with recommended cooking times and temperatures).   

What is your favorite summertime recipe? 

    

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New Favorite: Baked Balsamic Chicken

        

A couple of months ago I discovered a “no-fail” recipe for baked chicken. This easy recipe has consistently provided the most moist and flavorful baked chicken and is my new “go-to” for all recipes that start with a base of cooked chicken.  

The recipe is perfect as is (served right out of the oven with the balsamic sauce), but we also like the chicken without the sauce, served cold and chopped up on a green salad.  It would be great for chicken salad and sandwich wraps, too.  I double the recipe and freeze the extra chicken for quick and easy meals. 

Baked Balsamic Chicken

6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves 

1 ½ teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, minced, or ½ teaspoon dried 

2 cloves garlic, minced                             

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 

½ teaspoon salt 

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 

¼ cup balsamic vinegar 

4-6 tablespoons white wine (optional) 

1.  Remove excess fat from chicken and rinse the chicken. Combine the rosemary, garlic, pepper, and salt in a small bowl and mix well. Place the chicken in a large bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil, and rub each piece of chicken with the spice mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight. 

2.  Preheat the oven to 450°F. Spray a heavy roasting pan or iron skillet with cooking spray. Place the chicken in the pan and bake for 10 minutes. Turn the chicken over. If the drippings begin to stick to the pan, stir in 3-4 tablespoons water or white wine (if using). 

3.  Bake until a thermometer inserted in the thickest portion of the meat registers 160°F and the juices run clear (about 10 more minutes). 

4.  If the pan is dry, stir in another 1-2 tablespoons of water or white wine to loosen the drippings. Drizzle the vinegar over the chicken in the pan. 

5.  Transfer the chicken to plates. Stir the liquid in the pan and drizzle over the chicken. 

To freeze extra chicken:  Eliminate steps 4 & 5.  Place chicken on a wax paper lined cookie sheet, so that the chicken is not touching.  Freeze for 2 hours (or until outside feels frozen) and then transfer to a freezer safe bag or container. 

Do you have a favorite summertime recipe?  We would love to know about it so we can share with our fellow readers and cooks. Share your recipe in the comments section (or email us). 

  

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Frugal Fun: How to Make Snow Ice Cream (a.k.a. Winter Bliss in a Bowl)

 

Something New to Try
On this fluffy-white, beautiful snow day, I thought it would be fun to make
snow ice cream for the first time.  I remember my parents sharing memories
about making such a yummy treat when they were kiddos (they grew up where
snow was a more frequent occurence than Ft. Worth), and I always thought it
sounded like the ultimate “fun food!”

I do believe this is just the thing to try on this wonderful winter day, and
have already set my largest bowl outside to catch a container-full of winter bliss.

Following is the recipe I found, which comes with great reviews
from
allrecipes.com:

 Snow Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients
1 gallon snow
1 cup white sugar (or half cup of Splenda to make S/F)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups milk (or half and half for a richer taste)

Directions
When it starts to snow, place a large, clean bowl outside to
collect the flakes. When full, stir in sugar and vanilla to taste,
then stir in just enough milk for the desired consistency.

Serve at once.

 Options:  Try mixing other favorite ingredients such as
cocoa powder, cinnamon, coconut, or chocolate chips. 
Get creative and the kids (big and small) will have a blast
making it.
 

Do you have a special winter memory?  We’d love to hear about it
in the comments section.

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Make Your Own Sweets for Your Sweet with the FREE Taste of Home Magazine & Cookbook!

This Valentines Day, you don’t have to break the bank to do
something sweet for your sweetheart.

Head over to the FREE February edition of Taste of Home Magazine
(this is the FREE online version of the very same issue that is on newsstands
now!), and follow the simple instructions to make your own decadent
Chocolate Valentines Cupcakes (pages 16-18).  Yum!

The recipe provides easy-to-follow directions for making these rich
cupcakes with three different fillings:

  • Chocolate-Coffee Filling
  • Chocolate Hazelnut
  • Chocolate Orange

Click here, to visit the FREE online magazine and learn more.

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Christmas Dinner Placesetting Tips: Trying to Remember which Fork Goes Where?

This tip comes courtesy of my mother, the quintessential hostess… 

Thanksgiving Table Setting  

If you are like me, daily dinners at home rarely include a  table formally set with
all the various forks, glasses, etc.  If you are hosting Christmas dinner at your
home and need a refresher on which fork goes where, Replacements, Etc.
has a handy guide for setting the table correctly for just about any type of meal. 
Just follow the link here and you’ll be “Emily Post Etiquette” approved! 
And if you are still working on your menu…
 
There are some terrific FREE downloadable cookbooks and resources to help
give you inspiration, ideas, and yummy recipes:

Enjoy! :) 

 

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Get ready for Thanksgiving! FREE Cookbooks from Martha Stewart, Paula Deen, Taste of Home and More!

Thanksgiving Table Setting 
Working on your Thanksgiving menu?  There are some terrific FREE downloadable Thanksgiving cookbooks and resources to help you get started.

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