I haven't met a soup I didn't like - when the weather turns colder we tend to eat more hot, hearty soups. Summer seems a distant memory when the smells of a hearty soup is simmering in the house. Pull up a chair, grab a spoon and dig in! Enjoy! Diane
Creamy Potato Chowder *with Bacon
Makes approx. 3 quarts
4 Cups Chicken Broth
4 Cups diced/cubes red potatoes, skin optional
6 slices cooked Bacon, thick cut
1 cup minced onion
1 cup diced celery
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups 2% milk
2 cups heavy cream
2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
ground black pepper, to taste
Place all ingredients, in batches if necessary, in a spice grinder or small bowl. Grind or crush with the back of a spoon until mixture becomes a coarse powder.
Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
This dish is easy to make and stands great as part of a dinner (think soup and sandwiches) or a party appetizer. I like to make my own Hawaiian dinner rolls and use those but, store bought is just as great! I prefer to make the "mustard topping" in the morning, pour over the assembled complete dish - then bake off in time for dinner.
Link to the Homemade Hawaiian Rolls below.
Hot Ham & Cheese Sliders
12 Hawaiian style rolls (cut in half crosswise, do not separate the rolls)
3/4 pound deli ham (thinly sliced)
1/4 pound Swiss cheese (sliced)
1/4 pound Cheddar cheese (sliced)
6 tablespoons butter (melted)
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
1 ½ teaspoons onion (dried, minced)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon parsley (chopped)
This recipe makes 12 sliders and most people eat 2.
You can cut this recipe in half and use an 8x8 baking dish and 6 buns.
Hawaiian Dinner Rolls Recipe - CLICK HERE
When is a jam not a jam? when its Balsamic Sweet Onion Jam. This doesn't contain pectin (you could add some if you want it super firm/jelled.) This thickens up as you cook it down into a wonderful balsamic, sweet, onion, condiment! Use it on different meats; beef, pork and stirred into savory dishes like pot roast as its cooking, sausage and noodles as part of the sauce - I'm thinking pairing with cheese on a cheeseboard would be great too! ...the uses are endless. I had watched Heather over at "The Kneady Homesteader" (view her video here) make and can some of this up and I thought I'd give it a try - the taste is amazing! I'm sure I'll be making lots of this in the future too!! Enjoy! Diane
Balsamic Sweet Onion Jam
8-10 large onions; a mix of Vidalia and Spanish
3 cups packed light brown sugar
2 1/4 cups balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
1 Tablespoon butter
Yield: 7 half pints
Chop your all your onions. Cook the onions down in a large pot over medium-high heat in the butter for 45 minutes, until they start to caramelize. Make sure to keep stirring so onions don't scorch. Add in the brown sugar and balsamic vinegar and continue cooking down. Add in the sea salt. Cook down the mixture another 15-20 minutes *until it reaches the thickness you prefer. Prepare your waterbath or steam canner, and jars. Fill jars to 1/4" headspace and process 15 minutes *or according to your altitude.
Recipe from: The Kneady Homesteader
Kitchen Note: Ball does make their own version of this jam using bay leaf, pepper, maple syrup and apple juice in their "The All New Ball Book of Canning" simply called "Balsamic-Onion Jam." I'll be giving their recipe a try next time I have some onions to process.
This recipe isn't mine at all - its MY variation of a classic from Kraft. They use 3 cups of a vegetable mix, no cheese in the original. I use cheese, steamed broccoli and at Thanksgiving - all bets are off as you can build a beautiful "Leftovers Casserole" using cranberry sauce, turkey and stuffing! Enjoy! Diane
Diane’s Chicken & Stuffing Casserole
2-3 chicken breasts, sliced thin and cut into bite sized pieces.
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
olive oil or cooking spray
1 package StoveTop Chicken Stuffing
1 10oz can 'cream of chicken' condensed soup
1/3 cup sour cream
1 12oz bag frozen broccoli florets, *or 2 cups steamed fresh florets
Salt & Pepper
Variation for Thanksgiving Leftovers: Use leftover turkey, some leftover cranberry sauce, leftover turkey dressing/stuffing. Use any leftover vegetables you think would add to the casseroles flavor. Omit cheese if preferred .
Recipe adapted from Kraft by: Diane Bake