Monday, September 19, 2011

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder


This recipe has a long history with my little family.  I got the original version from my sister-in-law when my husband and I were newlyweds.  We had just moved into our condo with the bright red kitchen.  I have such fond memories of that kitchen!  Anyway, the only veggies in the recipe back in those days were potatoes, and it called for turkey bacon.  I remember thinking "heck no!" to turkey bacon and using regular bacon instead.  It made the soup soooooo salty; it's a wonder I kept making it after that, although I never again used bacon of any kind!  And it originally only served 2, which was fine at the time but not really enough for a growing family.  Fast forward seven years and it has morphed into a cheesy, comforting vegetable chowder packed with veggies that are good for you, and give the soup some much-needed color!  It is one of our family favorites--even the kids love it--and now that the weather has cooled off a little, will resume its weekly appearance on our dinner menu.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sweet Melissa Sunday Favorites

Almost two and a half years ago, I stumbled across a brand new baking group getting ready to bake its way through The Sweet Melissa Baking Book by Melissa Murphy.  I had just gotten that very cookbook for Christmas and thought, "Why not?!"  And while I haven't baked every recipe, I've enjoyed every minute of my time with Sweet Melissa Sundays, and found some amazing recipes along the way.  Here are my Sweet Melissa Sundays Top 10...plus a few extras because I couldn't make up my mind!
















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Thursday, September 1, 2011

What we've been working on...

I've--as usual--been bad at posting.  But I have possibly the best excuse ever:  a sweet new baby.  Welcome little one!
Now...despite having a newborn with two VERY loving and active big sisters, I have found lots of time to cook lately.  As you might have guessed, I really enjoy cooking and baking, so when I do have a little free time, that is what I choose to spend it doing.  But taking pictures and writing posts are another story.  So we've been eating all sorts of delicious things this summer, even since welcoming Baby, but we'll have to catch up on them another time.

One thing I did find time to snap a few pictures of--mostly because it met the two requirements of being done while the light was still good and having to set up before being eaten--was this yummy Boston Cream Pie for club: BAKED.  I wasn't a huge fan of the cake layers (they were just a little tough/rubbery), but the chocolate sauce on top and the pastry cream filling were both outstanding.  In fact, I licked the bowl that the chocolate sauce was in before it went on the cake, and I scraped every last bit of it off the serving plate after the cake was gone.  I want to make it again and eat it with a spoon.  That would be heaven!!  If you'd like the recipe for this tasty and surprisingly easy classic American dessert, you can find it on Brooke's Bountiful Kitchen.
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