Summer Fresh Corn & Zucchini Chowder

I had recently been given a very large zucchini from someone’s garden. ‘Tis the season for fresh veggies! I used half of it in a recipe last week, so decided to find a new recipe to use the other half. I found this summer chowder on Pinterest and knew I just had to try it. It sounded so yummy!

Of course, I had to omit the bacon (hubby hates pork), and didn’t have all of the ingredients I needed, like carrots, celery and fresh herbs. But it still came out pretty incredible. I substituted the carrots with sweet potato chunks, which was almost similar to a carrot in texture in taste anyway. Another tip she gave for a thick chowder without the need for flour or heavy cream was to give half of it a quick zip in the food processor. I was too lazy to do that, so I just took a slotted spoon and smashed a bunch of it up against the pot. It worked just as well and saved me time (and more dishes!).

We sprinkled grated parmesan cheese and quite a few dashes of hot sauce on top. My, it was good. The cheese always takes dishes to another notch, but the hot sauce was really what did it for us. It just gave it that perfect amount of heat to a fresh and sweet dish. Call me weird, but I toasted up an english muffin with a smear of butter to dip into the chowder. It satisfied alllll the cravings of a tired, busy mama like me.

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Photo from Little Broken blog. Check out her other photos of this delicious chowder!

Today, I had the leftovers for lunch and ate it cold from the fridge. It was even better than the night before! The flavors had time to meld together in the fridge overnight and it was the perfect, refreshing cold lunch for a summer day. I love this chowder. I want to eat it every day. And really, it is a low calorie meal, so I could eat it every day if I wanted to. :D

Check out her recipe and get to making this wonderful meal!

The Happy Homemaker

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My Favorite No-Knead Bread

I started making this bread a couple of years ago, and recently pulled the recipe out again. I’ve tried basic bread recipes before where you knead the bread, let it rise, etc. and it has just never worked out well for me. It’s probably just because I am impatient and really bad at baking anything with yeast! Until I came across this recipe…

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Don’t you just want to pick it up and smell it?! 

All you have to do is mix unbleached flour, salt, yeast and water. That’s IT. You let it rise for many many hours (18+ hours, usually overnight) and bake in a Dutch oven (or any oven-proof pot with a lid). It’s simple, and it is soo good. It’s a hearty bread, delicious with a nice spread of butter on top! There are many flavors yummy treats you can add to the dough, but I have yet to try any. Once you get the basic method down, the possibilities are endless on what you can add to make the bread extra special. These little loaves make perfect gifts too!

So, if you’re like me and homemade bread isn’t typically your thing, try this recipe. I can assure you that it will be put in your “make again” recipe collection! :) You’ll feel so proud as you pull this beauty out of the oven, and smile in satisfaction when you say, “I made this!”. There’s just something so satisfying about baking your own bread. Forget that cheap, fluffy white stuff you find at the store. ;)

Now, let me just warn you… your first loaf might not exactly be perfect. But that will just make you want to try again and tweak it here and there. Too dry? Just add a bit more water. Too flat? Cut back on the liquid. There are lots and lots of reviews on this recipe, as well as many tips on how to get it to work for you. So, hop on over to Simply So Good for detailed instructions.

Let me know how you like it! Bread baking… is there anything more heavenly? I know you’ll just love it.

The Happy Homemaker

(The photo above is my own. Can you believe I made that?!)

 

 

Chicken with Mustard

I must admit… I have been dodging a post for a while… a long while, I know. First trimester really got me this time around! We had sickness come and go, come and go, through our house, along with my pregnancy fatigue and nausea. I had no energy to get myself ready each day, let alone think about a posting. And even as I sit at my dining room table writing this, my daughter is in my lap munching on apple chunks, and I am trying to keep her from deleting my entire post. See, there is never a dull moment in the life of a mom. :)

So now that I am 15 weeks along, and into my 2nd trimester, here we are. I am back into the swing of dinner meals finally after being pretty lazy for a few weeks. My poor hubby. We have (shamefully) been eating frozen pizzas, soups, and anything pre-made or really easy these past few months. Ick. I was ready to get back to my home cooked meals.Chicken with Mustard - simple enough for weeknights, but special enough for company

The last special meal I made was for me and my sweetie on Valentine’s Day! I was trying to figure out something really delicious, but different and something to “wow” my husband! Since we both love chicken thighs, I knew I had to make this Chicken and Mustard dish when I saw it. Plus, I was going for something French inspired, to add a little flair to the evening. Jennifer from Seasons and Suppers really broke down the recipe and made it easy to follow.

When I made this chicken, it did take a while to prepare. But it was well worth the work and wait. It smells heavenly as it simmers on the stovetop! I don’t cook with wine, so I just substituted the white wine with crisp white grape juice. The chicken was to die for. Absolutely a new favorite to add for special days, or even when having guests over.

Oh, and I should add that I was forced to keep the bacon out. My husband won’t eat anything pig, so I really feel that it would have added even more flavor! Bacon makes everything better, right?! But it was still very delicious. So if you don’t like bacon either, just opt out!

I served this with garlic and parmesan mashed potatoes. I basically used white potatoes and cooked them. Then I added garlic powder, sour cream, butter, salt, pepper, and the star, parmesan cheese. Whip them up and they are so decadent and creamy! We used the gravy from the chicken to drizzle over the potatoes. Are you drooling yet?! I bought fresh asparagus for the green part of the meal, and it just was awesome with the potatoes and chicken.

Try not to skimp on the mustard, either. The ingredients for this recipe are not that complex, and the list is actually rather small. It calls for Dijon mustard and grainy mustard, which are both the main star of the recipe. They aren’t expensive, which is nice.

So if you are looking for a French recipe, but don’t want something difficult, you should try this chicken!

Happy cooking!

The Happy Homemaker

The Pioneer Woman’s Chocolate Pie

Thanksgiving is just three days away. By the time you read this, it may be even less! If you are a last minute planner and shopper for Thanksgiving, then check out this lovely recipe by The Pioneer Woman! It would be a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving desserts. By now you must get a clue that I like The Pioneer Woman. My very first post was about her Pot Pie, which is to die for, by the way! It is also a great way to use up turkey leftovers! Anyway…

When asking my husband what he wanted me to make this Thanksgiving, he told me chocolate cream pie. I made this pie recipe last year with great success, yet it was way too sweet using milk chocolate. I recently made it again for a church dinner using bittersweet chocolate (as Ree personally likes to use in her pie), and it came out just right. It is all personal preference though, so go ahead and add what you like!

 

Chocolate Pie

There is nothing like the real deal when it comes to pudding. Okay, so boxed pudding is quick and easy, but homemade from scratch is just heavenly. And you know, it really is not that difficult to make. It is a matter of stirring a few ingredients over the stove and watching it carefully.

In this recipe, Ree uses store bought pie crusts to make life a little more simple. I like to make my own, but if you want to cut down on time, definitely grab a crust at the store!

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If this post has caught you too late and you already have other plans, consider saving this for your holiday baking next month. It goes over well every time I make it, and only uses a few simple ingredients. In fact, you probably have it all right in your pantry and fridge!

Check out her recipe here.

I do hope you all enjoy your day this Thursday, remembering to give thanks for all the blessings in your life. There are so many things we can be thankful for! I’m glad we can have this day to set aside to spend with family and friends, and take time to count our blessings.

From my home to yours,

The Happy Homemaker

One-Pot Turkey Sausage and Noodles | Recipe Review

I will admit it, I have been neglecting the blog for a couple of weeks now. Every day I think about how I am going to get everything done and get to a blog post. Life has been so crazy lately. I mean it – for real! I am in the midst of so many things right now, pulled in at least fifteen different directions. How do moms do it and manage to blog at the same time?!

Well here I am. Finally just setting everything aside for a few minutes to share a wonderful recipe with you. Do you feel like I do right now? No time to get what you want to get done? Okay, so honestly I feel that way all of the time, but I really really am feeling it lately. A baby and husband to take care of (can we say that is a full-time job in and of itself?!?!), a house to clean, laundry to fold (a huge mountain on my couch) projects to be done, new crochet orders to fill, a birthday party to plan, party plans to fulfill, places to go during the week, blog posts to create… meals to make each night. Oh, maybe some sleep at night. Maybe.

Are you tired?

So here is a meal you can make in one pot, in under 30 minutes, during your chaotic, stressful, almost never boring life! I tried this recipe last week, and I’ve got to say it is one of the most flavorful pasta dishes I have ever made. You cook with egg noodles, which I love, and they simmer in veggies, broth and milk to make a creamy sauce.

And to make it even better, the recipe calls for turkey sausage… and cheese. :) I just loved this recipe. I really enjoy cooking and all, but some nights I just can’t take the time to spend over an hour in the kitchen making dinner. This is another quick and easy meal that will cut down on dinner stress, and make your taste buds smile. Don’t even try to tell me that taste buds don’t smile. They do.

And believe it or not, this recipe is on the healthy side. Well, except the parmesan cheese, but I have never counted fat or calories from that. In my world, there are none when it concerns parmesan cheese! ;-)

Turkey Sausage Skillet One Pot Turkey Sausage and NoodlesHere’s the recipe, friends. Please try it. One pot, hardly any prep. What’s not to love?

Please forgive me for not keeping up with my blog lately. I really have so much to share. Once my daughter’s party is over with this weekend (I really am excited about it!), I will have party ideas to post, as well as more Thanksgiving goodies.

Enjoy your evening!

The Happy Homemaker