Thursday, January 9, 2014

MKMW - Let's travel to Poland!

In our My Kitchen My World group we visit different countries each month and choose a recipe from that country.  This month is Poland.  There are so many wonderful Polish recipes out there that it was hard for me to choose.  I wanted to do something with kielbasa so I chose this cabbage and kielbasa dish.  We really enjoyed it.  We first had a cup of my chicken corn chowder (see post below) and then followed that with the cabbage dish.  It was sweet and yet a pop of heat from the red pepper flakes.  My DH really enjoyed it.  He went back for seconds. . .. and maybe thirds!  As you can see, it is all made in a skillet making it a one dish meal for easy cleanup!

A topping of bacon really brings out the flavor of the cabbage and kielbasa.  You could also add diced potatoes to the mix.  I left out the caraway seed because we do not care for it.

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Now get you some kielbasa and try this dish!

Original recipe makes 6 servings   


  1. In a large skillet, fry bacon over medium high heat until browned, turning once. Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings, and place on paper towels.
  2. Stir water, sugar, onions, garlic, red pepper flakes, seasoned salt, and caraway seeds into drippings. Add cabbage, and gently stir. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Add kielbasa to the pan. Cook, covered, for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Crumble bacon over top, and serve hot.

Chicken and Corn Chowder

I think because the weather here has been unbelievably cold, I have been in soup mode.  Last week I made Ina Garten's Leek and Potato soup.  Yesterday I made a chowder that I have not made in probably 25 years.  We really enjoyed it for dinner last night so I thought I would share with you.  It's really creamy and tasty.

Here is the recipe.  I used rotisserie chicken for easy and I only added two russet potatoes to mine.

Original recipe makes 8 servings    

  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir carrot, celery, onion, and garlic into hot butter until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Stir flour into mixture to make a paste; cook until lightly browned and flour gives off a slightly toasted smell, about 5 minutes. Watch carefully, flour burns easily. Remove saucepan from heat and set aside to cool, about 15 minutes.
  2. Stir white and yellow corn, potatoes, chicken, and 3 cups of chicken stock in a large soup pot over medium heat. Whisk remaining 1 cup chicken stock into vegetables and flour mixture until thoroughly combined. Stir mixture into ingredients in soup pot. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, until thick, about 15 minutes.
  3. Stir half-and-half, nutmeg, salt, and black pepper into chowder. Bring back to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Ida Garten's Fridays - Soups, Salads, Sides!

It's the day after New Year's and after a wonderful meal last night with some of our close friends, I am ready to begin 2014!  Yes, I ate the collards and the peas, but not the hog jowl. Will bacon in the collards suffice for my good luck this year?  I hope so! I figure the year will be pretty much what I make of it and I anticipate a good one.  It is 9:30 this morning and I am sitting here enjoying a most delicious bowl of potato soup.  It's our Fridays with Ina Garten (the Barefoot Contessa) and we are checking out some of her delicious dishes.  I chose her potato soup.  It is very cold here this week and it just sounded warm and comforting.  I made a few adjustments however making the recipe a bit simpler and using ingredients I had on hand.  I left out the leeks, but definitely will put them in next time!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOURS.  May you always have "enough."  Put the past behind you, love, laugh, forgive, enjoy and make commitments you can look forward to!

You can check out Ina's recipe for this wonderful soup here:

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