Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
I spent this past weekend playing in the sun and enjoying some fun and relaxing downtime with two of the best friends a girl could ask for. We stayed at the gorgeous Phoenician resort in Scottsdale, ate as much amazing food as we were able, and greatly enjoyed being waited on and pampered all weekend!
On Saturday, we wandered out to Scottsdale Fashion Square and finished our morning with lunch at NM Cafe in Neiman Marcus. I hadn't eaten there before, and in case you haven't either, I'll tell you that our favorite part of the meal was the little dish of strawberry butter and the popover that they brought out while we waited for our meal. I knew that amazing butter would be re-created in my kitchen just as soon as I got back home!
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Tender chicken and sweet corn are combined in a creamy soup with just enough heat to warm your mouth without setting it on fire. My entire family loves this soup, even my non-spice loving middle son. Combine that with the fact that it takes barely 20 minutes to pull this soup together, and you'll understand why this is a frequently eaten meal in our house! Quick soups are one of my favorite ways to get dinner on the table in the fall.
I loved our homemade corn stock last year so much; my plan for saving it in the freezer didn't happen. I just kept using it until it was gone. (If you don't have corn stock stashed away, chicken stock works great too.) I'm counting down the days until the corn festival, so that I can get my fill of all our favorite corn recipes once again!
In the meantime, if you are lucky enough to already have fresh corn at your fingertips, here are a few more great recipes that we make every year:
Friday, August 22, 2014
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make the perfect pizza at home? Making a truly excellent pizza from scratch has been on my "food-related-things-to-do" list for so long, I'd almost given up hope. Lucky for me, and my pizza loving family, Craftsy's FREE Perfect Pizza At Home mini-class breaks it down into easy steps and adds some great tips along the way.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Tender, slightly browned sweet potatoes, salty bacon pieces, fresh corn cooked just until warm and asparagus that is tender and still just a little bit crisp are all tossed together with just a drizzle of balsamic. This was something unexpected that I pulled together for a dinner side dish a few years ago, using odds and ends from the refrigerator.
I enjoyed the sweet and salty mix of the potatoes and the bacon combined with the crunch of the fresh vegetables. This is a great mix of textures and flavors. My kids liked this so much, my oldest asked for seconds. Seconds of a vegetable side dish? That earned this dish a spot in our regular line up.
I've served these vegetables on their own as a casual lunch and as a side dish to accompany beef, chicken, or pork. I've added the leftover vegetables to a quiche, and I've tossed them onto a salad. This is one of the most versatile vegetable dishes you can imagine.