Showing posts from January, 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. Check out what all is going on in our group by clicking on this link.  We welcome new members so come join us!  It is fun to experime

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      1/2 cup   butter 1 small   carrot, finely diced 1 stalk   celery, diced 1 small   onion, finely diced 1 clove   garlic, minced 1/2 cup   all-purpose flour 1 bag of frozen yellow corn 4   russet potatoes, diced 2   cooked rotisserie chicken breast halves, shredded 4 cups   chicken stock, divided 2 1/2 cups   half-and-half 1 pinch   nutmeg salt and ground black pepper to taste Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir carrot, celery, oni

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 l