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Roasted Cauliflower And Broccoli With Bacon

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This side dish of roasted cauliflower, broccoli, and bacon vegetable is a very simple yet flavor-filled.  All of the ingredients are oven roasted, even the bacon.  The dish is then tossed with a spicy sweet soy sauce.

Coleslaw With Napa Cabbage

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Coleslaw is an old Dutch cabbage salad that is normally served with a vinagrete.  I've taken the . . . .

Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas For One

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Dining alone for Thanksgiving this year?  So am I.  And I shall enjoy my Thanksgiving Dinner to the max with my girl, Susie, a Portuguese water dog.

My Thanksgiving dinner menu depends on how I feel and is often based on one of three basic menus that I follow or alter.  Here are the three menus to inspire you.  Follow a menu or make a substitution with your own favorites. Most important is to just have fun!!   

Broiled Parmesan Cheese Oysters

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Oysters are a bit expensive where I live.  That makes broiled parmesan oysters a special treat at my table.  Whether these broiled parmesan cheese oysters are being served as appetizer or entree, the only downside is that there is never enough. 

French Style String Beans Almonds And Pimientos

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Less than 10 minutes to make, this French style string bean side dish delivers great flavors.  Cumin seeds bring a bit of pungency.  But its sweetness marries very nicely with the pimiento peppers and the star, the French style string beans.

Sausage Beans Roasted Vegetable Soup

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What makes this sausage, beans and roasted vegetable soup so delicious?  Red bell peppers, tomatoes and garlic are roasted, then blended with a vegetable broth and seasoned with a herb bouquet garni--creating a beautifully rich yet subtle flavor-filled soup base.  Sweet Italian sausage and a Vidalia onion add a layer of sweetness and texture along with cannellini beans.

Corn Chowder Bacon And Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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Anytime of the year is a good time for a hearty corn chowder!  But it seems particularly tasty in the fall as we adjust to cool days and nights. This corn chowder is seasoned with crispy bacon, extra sharp cheddar cheese and then spiked with bits of sun-dried tomatoes.  

Corn Chowder With Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Corn Chowder With Sun-Dried Tomatoes

 

A bowl of hearty corn chowder is then garnished with lots of delicious crispy chopped bacon.


The Recipe
Serves 6-8

Tool:  4-5 quart dutch oven, preferably cast iron

Ingredients:

  • 7 slices of fried bacon, diced

  • 2 small yellow onions, chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 Tablespoons of butter

  • 3 Tablespoons of flour

  • 3 cups of chicken stock

  • 1 teaspoon of salt, preferably Kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper (or add fresh ground white pepper at serving)

  • 1 large white potato, diced (russet or Yukon gold, whichever is available)

  • Sun-dried tomatoes, chopped 2.5 ounces (73 grams)

  • 2 pounds frozen corn (453 grams each). If you use fresh corn, you'll need 10 ears. You can also use a mixture of small white corn and yellow corn.

  • 2 cups of half-and-half milk

  • 1 cup (83 grams) of white sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

  • Optional: 3/4 cups of white sharp cheddar cheese, shredded for additional garnish

  • Optional: If you like a little heat, add cayenne pepper to taste.

Preparation:

In a 5 quart stock pot, fry bacon to a brown crisp.  Leaving about 1-2 tablespoons of the oil in the pot, remove bacon to a plate lined with a paper towel.  Add onions and cook to almost translucent, about 4 minutes.  Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.  Push onions and garlic to one side of the pot.  

Melt butter to just a few bubbles.  Add flour and stir to create a roux.  Add salt and pepper.  Add chicken stock and bring back onions and garlic back into the mixture. Add potatoes, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.  Add corn, sun-dried tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes.  Add half-and-half milk and cheese.  Cook for about 5 minutes until cheese melts. 

While chowder is cooking its last 5 minutes, chop the bacon.  Serve chowder in a soup bowl or soup cup.  Garnish with bacon.  For a more cheesier flavor,  garnish with the additional shredded cheese.


This corn chowder recipe serves 6-8 people, so there is plenty to share with friends and freeze to eat another day.

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Enjoy!

Corn Chowder

Corn Chowder

 

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