Creamy Chicken Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Creamy Chicken Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Is it cold outside where you are?  Here in Northern, VA its been pretty cold (at least, for these parts), for a couple weeks now.  Winter doesn't officially start until next week, however, I'm thinking its pretty much here.  Anytime there is a nip in the air, I'm in the mood for soup, stew, chili - basically, a hot meal you eat out of a bowl.  Also, something that goes with a nice, crusty, cheesy piece of bread to sop up all the broth is even better! My mom makes an AMAZING pot of broccoli cheese soup.  This recipe is an adaptation of hers - Its so good that the church had asked her to make it for their annual soup supper for many years.  She would make a HUGE, roaster sized batch of this soup, and it would usually be gone by the end of the night.  People love it because its, Continue Reading...

BBQ Chicken and Red Grape Pizza

BBQ Chicken and Red Grape Pizza

Do you and your family have Pizza night every once in a while?  As a kid I remember having pizza for dinner was such a treat.  Mostly because it was one of the few times we were allowed to have soda with our meal.  :)  I grew up in a small town, where the only place you could get pizza from the grocery store freezer, or your own oven.  I still really enjoy a good homemade pizza, even though we now live in suburban Washington, DC where you can get a pizza delivered to your house within the hour. This pizza is really the best of both worlds - the homemade flavors and the easy convenience.  The recipe uses a store-bought refrigerated pizza dough, and BBQ sauce from a bottle.  Obviously, you could easily make your own crust and sauce.  However, there are some nights where you just need to Continue Reading...

Slow Cooker September: Slow Cooker Country Curry Chicken

Slow Cooker September: Slow Cooker Country Curry Chicken

So, I've had my new slow cooker for about three weeks now, and I've used it at least 10 times.  It really is one of the hardest working appliances in my house, and has saved me hours of meal prep already.  I truly love the fact that I can throw together a meal in the early afternoon, run errands, take my son to football practice and have a hot meal ready to go when we walk through the door.  I am forever grateful to the person that invented this ingenious piece of equipment! This week I made one of my family's slow cooker favorites: Country Curry Chicken.  Don't let the curry part throw you off - the recipe calls for sweet yellow curry, which is mild and not overly spicy.  (My five-year-old could easily eat a full dinner plate of this tasty meal!) The recipe also includes golden raisins Continue Reading...

Loaded Slow Cooker Chili

Loaded Slow Cooker Chili

Loaded with delicious peppers, onion, beans and ground beef, this chili recipe is amazing!  A fantastic dinner idea for any night of the week! A month or so ago, I pulled out my slow cooker and quickly discovered that there was a huge crack going all the way through the ceramic dish.  Immediately I became miffed at my husband thinking he broke it when washing it...I then realized that I was the last one to wash it, so it was likely me who broke it.  (Yeah....ummm, I didn't say anything.)  There was really no salvaging or fixing the ceramic - the crack was  huge and it went all the way through the stone, and wouldn't hold any liquid thus deeming it useless, and a safety issue.   To the internet I went doing research on slow cookers.  I use it at least once a week, and Continue Reading...