Shrimp Bacon and Corn Chowder

Shrimp Bacon and Corn Chowder

Shrimp and his best friend bacon team up together in this amazing soup!  Loaded with flavor, this soup is a must-have on a cold fall or winter night.  Its the ultimate comfort food! I know I've said it before, but its worth noting again; I'm pretty much always looking for and trying new dinner recipes.  They need to be easy to make, quick to prepare, include simple ingredients and on the healthier side for my family.  Can you relate? Once I come across something that's easy for me to prepare and my family enjoys it, I consider it a dinner victory!  This Shrimp Bacon & Corn Chowder is my latest dinner victory! This soup is fabulous in so many ways!  The ingredients are simple, and items that I usually have on hand in my pantry and fridge.  The celery, onion and garlic Continue Reading...

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...

Hearty Chicken Double Noodle Soup

Hearty Chicken Double Noodle Soup

When its cold outside, make yourself this warm, comforting Hearty Chicken Double Noodle Soup.  Loaded with both wide and narrow egg noodles, along with carrots, celery and thick chunks of chicken, this soup will warm the body and soul! Have you ever noticed that, among other things, the weather triggers our food cravings?  I can't get enough soft-serve ice cream in the spring and summer, but when fall rolls around I don't even think about it.  When September arrives, I bust out the pumpkin, the slow cooker, and the stock pot for soups and stews.  It's like our brain is telling us, "you need to eat soup for survival today."  Its like its ingrained into our human nature, specifically for the purpose survival. The temperature here in Northern Virginia is to dip into freezing 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...