Southwest Chicken, Bacon and Potato Soup

SONY DSCIt won’t stop, you guys.  All things comfort.  All day.  Every day.  I’m not sure if its the damp, cold weather happening around here or the fact that theres a precious tiny little human growing inside of me but COMFORT FOOD, I will find you.

And soups are at the very top of my comfort food list these days. It’s December, after all-seems only appropriate.  As I’ve told you in the past, soups are one of my very favorite dishes to create because there are just no rules.  Soups are so forgiving.  Throw in what you’ve got in the fridge and with a few of the right aromatics, spices and garnishes you’re practically good to go.  This soup right here?  This Southwest Chicken, Bacon and Potato Soup?  You just must.   Continue reading

Potato Gratin with Poblanos, Pancetta and Corn

SONY DSCHow about this weather, friends?  It’s so random this time of year.  Mornings feel like fall at its finest:  cool, crisp air perfect for that cozy sweater.  Head into afternoon and the sun is blazing and the temps are rising forcing you to tear that sweater off as quickly as you can.  Part summer, part fall, no?

And this gratin is right there with the weather these days.  Part summer with those farm fresh poblanos, potatoes and corn.  Part fall with that comfort an warmth.

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Zucchini, Corn + Cheddar Cakes

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Happy Zucchini Week, friends!  I have taken it upon myself to dedicate this entire week of posts to this oh-so-pretty veggie…they are perfectly ripe, perfectly available, perfectly local and so very versatile.  I’ll be pumping your recipe boxes full of some really fun ways to utilize this yummy in-season veggie and I hope you love each one!

IMG_5364The goal is to give you zucchini lovers some new, fun inspiration and to turn you haters into believers.  Zucchini is so much more than a soggy, sautéed side dish or casserole and I hope to prove that time and time again this week.  And what better way to start that mission than with these Zucchini, Corn + Cheddar Cakes?  Words cannot express my love for these little bundles of yum!

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Butter, Lime + Parmesan Corn

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Happy official summer, friends! It’s a much anticipated time here in Minnesota and man can we embrace it. Lakes for days. Warmth. Homegrown produce. BBQs. Patios. Late bedtimes. Smores over a bonfire. Sandy shoes. And CORN.

Let’s just get something straight, for starters.  I love Minnesota.  Living here is perfect for myself and my family.  But I am a gosh darn Iowa girl..and proud of it.  18 wonderful years of my life were spent in Iowa and aside from Hawkeye football…and pork…and so many other fabulous things….that place reigns supreme for homegrown corn.  There’s just nothing like it.  We ate it so often in the summers…and there were always farmers selling it out of the back of their trucks along the sides of the roads.  Hows that for fresh? Continue reading

One-Pot Southwest Chicken and Rice

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Far, far, FAR too often I end up with boneless, skinless chicken breasts in my fridge with no plan in sight.  Then, what happens is I avoid them…like the plague.  They sort of bore me and man is it easy to fall into ruts of grilling or pasta-ing them.  No clue why I continue to put them in my cart at the beginning of the week but I do…likely because they force me to get creative.  So the end of the week comes and all I’ve got left in the fridge is those poor little chick-a-dees and a bunch of randomness in the veggie drawer, freezer and pantry to work with.  Continue reading

Leftover Ham: 5 Simple, Delicious Weeknight-Worthy Meals

 

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I hope your Easter was a blessed one, friends.  We had such a lovely weekend…a ton of family time, endless fun for the kiddos and food galore.

Ham was on the menu over here and I know for many of you, as well.  So in an effort to simplify your meal plans for the week, lets find a way to use up that leftover ham in 5 Simple, Delicious Weeknight-Worthy Meals!  Continue reading

Chicken Sausage and Summer Corn Chowder

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As you know, I’m crazy for summer soups and chowders..remember this one?  Grilling tends to be my go-to this time of year but I love to switch it up with a fresh bowl of light comfort.  This soup falls nothing short of that.  It’s a great way to utilize all of the beautiful sweet corn and veggies that are starting to show up at the farm stands.  Continue reading