Saturday, October 31, 2015

Roasted Poblano, Corn and Potato Chowder

Well it's not cold yet here, but I figured I could start practicing for when this supposed "El Nino" hits.  But whether the rain is pouring, or you're just praying for the rain, this chowder will make all things better.

Roasted Poblano, Corn and Potato Chowder
adapted from Iowa Girl Eats (easily serves 8 people)

2-3 poblano peppers, 
2 tbls olive oil
6-8 slices of bacon, chopped
4 leaks, white and light green parts, cleaned and chopped into half moons
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2" cubes
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups whole or 2% milk, separate out 1 cup for mixing the roux
2 cups sweet corn, frozen or fresh
4 tbls flour
3/4 cup shredded cheese (I used a combo of cheddar and jack)
cilantro for a cooling garnish
Salt and pepper throughout to layer the seasoning

Friday, October 30, 2015

Crostini with Blue Cheese Butter and Roasted Balsamic Grapes

Can we talk appetizers?

I'm a huge fan of them.  It's always a party when dad gets home for the day, so why not pair his homecoming with a fabulous snack to kick off dinner?  Toasted bread with fine toppings is usually a hit with most folks.  But this crostini is a home-run.  Wowsa.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Blackberry Cupcakes with Yogurt Cake and Berry Butter Cream

Oh hey there blackberry season!  Here it comes, and there it goes.  

My girlfriend and I went to a U-pick blackberry farm this year.  It was Colton's first experience.  I loved watching him study each one to see if they were "black enough" and then the inner struggle of where to put the chosen berry: in your basket or in your mouth.  The kid must have consumed a pint by the time we left.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Broccoli Pesto on Grilled Naan with Melted Manchego

A client of mine loves talking food with me.  We actually probably have too much fun tossing around ideas and telling stories of things we've tried.  She told me how she made a broccoli pesto once, and being the pesto lover I am, I couldn't believe I hadn't tried that?!  Pesto claims no rules right? Anything green with garlic and olive oil?  I sought out to try it.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Lentil Salad with Kale and Almond Pesto

In the history of this blog, I've posted two lentil salads.  I am obsessed with lentils, and am still in search for a shirt that says "I heart lentils."  Both salads are fabulous... check them out here and here.  But today, my legume loving friends, I present a third lentil salad that will not only rock your healthy socks off, but it's flavors are unbelievable.  Just ask my meat eating husband.  He even loves it!  Trust me, I would NOT bother posting a third unless I found one comparable to my other two loves.

So without further story, I'll get on with it.  So you can get munching!