Creamed Corn Chowder: REBLOG: #sevendaysofsoup


This recipe has been brewing in the old noggin for quite some time. In fact, it was several months ago that I had a conversation with The Bestie about the fine nuances of creamed corn and corn pudding. Being a Yankee, I know not of corn pudding and had to research it. The goal here was to come up with a soup that captured the flavors and textures of creamed corn; velvety but with a nice corny crunch. I settled on a chowder style and it was met with enthusiasm by my offspring (the one that will eat corn anyway).

Makes 4-6 servings

Takes 30-40 minutes


4 slices bacon, chopped

1/2 a medium onion, chopped

1 small carrot, chopped

1 rib celery, chopped

2 tbsp butter, unsalted

1/2 log (about 4oz) cream cheese, full fat, room temperature

1C heavy whipping cream

2 lbs fresh or frozen sweet corn (no canned)

4C chicken stock or broth (low sodium)

black pepper, to taste

1) In a Dutch oven heat bacon over medium high heat until fat is rendered and bacon is cooked and brown. Remove bacon from pan and set aside.

2) Add butter, onion, carrot, and celery and cook in butter/bacon fat mixture until translucent.

3) Lower heat to medium and add about 1# of the corn. Toss with and veggies until well coated with butter/bacon fat. Season to taste with black pepper, and kosher salt if desired.

4) Slowly work in the cream cheese until melty; then add the cream and broth.

This is what the cream cheese looks like when it gets all melty.

5) Slowly heat to just below boiling. As mixture is heating, carefully purée the mixture with a hand blender until somewhat smooth.

6) Add the other 1# of corn and cook on low until heated through.

7) Top with cooked chopped bacon before serving.

Note: I think this soup would also be amazing with some lobster tail meat on top, or a bit of lump crab.

I wrote an e-book!

This week I finished the manuscript for, & published my first e-book. I’ve been at work on recipes & banter for a cookbook for the better part of a year. It’s always been my dream to write & publish a cookbook, in fact, that was my main motivation when I started blogging. I decided to self-publish, mostly to see if I could do it. The process itself was fairly easy, and if it turns out that e-books are a good outlet for me, then I will definitely be publishing more of them in the future. Anyone who has self-published and has any pointers, please leave them in the comments.

As you know, I really dig fish in a can. The e-book is entitled “Reluctant Food Blogger Loves: Fish in a Can” & is available on Nook & Kindle for $2.99 (that’s less than a latte folks). It includes 12 recipes all featuring some type of fish from a can. It’s a good read for foodie types who are looking to try new things, or if you’re someone looking to save some pennies & pair down your family’s meal budget. It’s also available in both formats for sharing, so if you get it & you like it, share with a friend!

Click here to buy my e-book for Amazon Kindle.

Click here to buy my e-book for B&N Nook.

Gratuitous Fall Cooking Blog

It’s that magical time of year, so here’s pumpkins, apples, and all things fall!

Originally posted October 2014.

Yesterday I went apple picking and picked out some pumpkins. Yes, I was THAT GIRL, walking around the orchard in a scarf and a chambray shirt, picking apples. Today I have more apples than you can shake a stick at. Hence, today’s Gratuitous Fall Cooking Blog: apples, pumpkins, and warm spices. Put on your riding boots and let’s embrace autumn!

Slow-Roasted Pork Loin with Apples, Carrots, and Onions

4-5 apples, skins on, chopped
1/2 a red onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
Pork Loin, about 3 lbs
Salt & pepper, to taste
Wine, enough to cover

1) In a crockpot or slow-cooker spread a layer of apples, onions, and carrots.


The apples we picked were golden delicious and another one that was “like a Jonathan”. I used a little of both, and threw in a couple of carrots since I had them laying around.

2) Lay the pork loin over the apples, onions, and carrots. Season with salt and pepper.


My 3-pound pork loin actually ended up being 2 smaller ones packed together. I’m cool with that, leftover pork loin makes awesome sandwiches and can even be chopped and used as an omlette filling!

3) Pour wine over everything until mostly covered. I used Briolette Apple wine (shout out to my new gig) but you could use a Riesling or even beer in it’s place.


The wine pictured is Briolette Cut, a seasonal Apple wine from my new gig at Weston Wine Company!

4) Slow cook at 200F 8-10 hours or until tender, serve over noodles, or with roasted potatoes.

Roasted Pumpkin Purée
Make your own puréed pumpkin and never buy canned again! The possibilities are endless!

2 pumpkins, I used one regular pie pumpkin and one Amish pie pumpkin


On the left is the regular pie pumpkin, on the right is the Amish. Pie pumpkins are in general better for making pies because there is way more flesh inside. I decided to try both to see what the difference was.1) Preheat oven to 350F

2) Cut the pumpkins into quarters and remove the stems. The stem on the Amish pumpkin popped off much more easily than the stem on the regular pumpkin.


Here’s the inside of the Amish pumpkin. The seeds are quite a bit smaller than a traditional pie pumpkin. No extra charge for dramatic lighting. 🙂

The inside of the traditional pie pumpkin. See how thick the flesh is? Imagine trying to make a jack o' lantern out of this baby.

The inside of the traditional pie pumpkin. See how thick the flesh is? Imagine trying to make a jack o’ lantern out of this baby.

3) Scoop out the seeds and gooey stuff and set aside. Toasted pumpkin seeds are yummy!

4) Place skin-side-down on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 45 mins.
5) Remove from oven and allow pumpkins to cool at least 10 mins until able to handle easily.

Freshly-roasted pumpkin!

Freshly-roasted pumpkin!

6) When cooled, remove flesh from skins and place in blender. Blend flesh until smooth. I added about 1/4 C of water to help it blend more smoothly.

Pumpkin in my blender getting puréed.

Pumpkin in my blender getting puréed.

7) Allow to cool at least 30 mins. Maybe be frozen or used immediately in place of canned pumpkin, such as in pumpkin pie. This recipe made enough pumpkin purée for 2 9-inch deep-dish pies. The equivalent of about 2 cans.

Cookbook Sneak Peek- Baby Greens Salad with Shredded Beets, Blue Cheese, and Runny-Egg Vinaigrette

I have this theory. Every food is better with a fried egg on top. I challenge you to think of a dish that isn’t better with a fried egg on top. You can’t because there isn’t one. In this recipe the runny egg-yolky goodness combines with a basic vinaigrette to form a creamy, tangy dressing for the veggies.

Makes 2 servings.


4 to 6 large handfuls baby greens such as baby spinach or baby kale
1 medium beet, shredded
1/2 English cucumber (seedless), sliced
1/4 of a red onion, sliced
4 to 5 white mushrooms, thinly sliced
juice of 1 lemon
about 1/4 C EVOO
4 tbsp blue cheese crumbles
2 eggs, fried, but with yellows runny


1) Arrange 2 handfuls of baby greens in each of 2 bowls.
2) Slice mushrooms and onion, peel and slice cucumbers, peel and grate beet and set items aside.

Whenever I make beets it gets all Dexter-blood-splatter in my kitchen.

Whenever I make beets it gets all Dexter-blood-splatter in my kitchen.

Here's my mise en place looking much neater and less murdery.

Here’s my mise en place looking much neater and less murdery. BTW, I had some cherry tomatoes from my garden, so I threw them in…












3) Arrange the above equally in each bowl, with grated beet on top.

4) Top each salad with blue cheese crumbles.

Mmmm... bleu cheese crumbles...

Mmmm… bleu cheese crumbles…

5) Squeeze lemon into glass measuring cup, add an equal amount of EVOO (approximately 2 oz).

6) Whisk lemon juice and EVOO until combined, add salt and pepper to taste, if desired.

7) In a small pan, fry eggs, until whites are translucent and yolks runny, about 5 minutes.

8) Top each salad with a fried egg, and drizzle with lemon juice/EVOO mixture.

9) Before eating, stab egg yolk with fork, letting yolk combine with lemon juice/EVOO.

Apparently, I must be onto something, because the very next day this appeared in my Twitter feed…


GMTA, eh HuffPost Taste?

Cookbook Sneak Peek: Minty, Lemony Pea Soup

I’ve been slogging along with writing, testing, and sometimes re-writing recipes for my cookbook for some time now. I currently have 16 completed recipes, which doesn’t seem like much until you realize that each recipe may need to be tested and re-tested multiple times.
This is a spring/summer pea soup. The lemon and mint bring a light freshness. It finishes with the lovely tang of a swirl of Greek yogurt.

Makes 4-6 servings.

1 tbsp EVOO
1 tbsp unsalted butter
4-6 shallots, finely chopped
1 or 2 carrots, finely chopped
1 rib celery, finely chopped
1 lb. frozen baby sweet peas
3 C hot water
leaves from 2-3 sprigs of fresh mint
zest and juice of 1 lemon
Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
4-6 tbsp plain Greek yogurt

1) Heat EVOO and butter in large pan over med-high heat.

2) Sweat shallots, celery, and carrots until carrots soften and shallots and celery are translucent; 2-3 mins.


This is my modified mirepoix. I chose shallots over onions for a more delicate flavor.

3) Add the peas and toss until coated with EVOO and butter.


4) Pour in the hot water and simmer until peas are bright in color and softened.


5) Pour mixture into blender and add mint, lemon zest and juice.


My little helper pulverizing the soup “with her mind”.

6) Blend well until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

7) Ladle in bowls and swirl each with 1 tbsp Greek yogurt.