Chicken, Potatoes, and Corn Slow-Cooker Chowder

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Are you ready for soup?  I am!
When my friend Maribeth asked if I had seen the chicken and sweet potato corn chowder recipe in the latest copy of Southern Living, I hadn’t. But when Maribeth gets excited about a recipe I get excited too! She is an accomplished cook and enjoys spending time in the kitchen.  The Chief, my Sous-Chef Dish-washing mom and I have enjoyed many a meal, snack, appetizer and scrumptious treat from Maribeth’s kitchen.  Once I looked at this recipe I knew this one will be no exception to the long line of recipes I have collected from Maribeth AND Southern Living!


We are sweet potato fans and so that is the first ingredient that caught my attention.  Plus, I love to rationalize that if it has sweet potatoes in it – then it must be good for me! These sweet potatoes look to be a little white in the picture but that was just my too-shiny camera shot!

This chowder is as pretty to look at as it is delicious to eat.  It is also easy-peasy because the first 12 ingredients are added to the Crock Pot first thing.  I added white potatoes to the original recipe because I like the color and flavor enhancement of a few white potatoes.  Also,  I changed the cooking process for the chicken.  Southern Living says “our testers recommend using bone-in chicken breasts to yield a more tender and juicy result than boneless.”


The original recipe directs placing the raw bone-in skinless chicken breast in with the rest of the ingredients to cook for the first 4 hours.  I am picky about cooking chicken and I don’t like to put it in with other ingredients that will end up soup.  Have you ever seen the chicken scum that floats to the top when boiling chicken? Yuck.

You can also tell from the picture of the soup in my Crock Pot that I always use a liner.  Actually, Reynolds should be sponsoring this post, but sadly they are not!  But – I still want you to know about liners because they make clean up so easy.  And I always want to make things as easy as possible for my Sous-Chef Dish-Washing mom!  Did I ever tell you that she washes all our dishes?  I know, but don’t be jealous.  Isn’t that awesome to get to do the cooking and have the dishes and the kitchen magically cleaned up!  Thank you, Mom!

My favorite, Shredded Chicken After Cooking in Crock Pot.

I suggest that you start with leftover chicken, cut up or shredded.  Or cook the chicken ahead of time in chicken broth or my personal favorite suggestion:  Place chicken breasts in the Crock Pot with 1 cup salsa.  Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours.  Remove from Crock Pot, cool slightly and then shred.  This chicken is moist and lightly seasoned.

I served this soup with a super-food Kale salad and it was a total hit!  As is often the case, this soup gets better and better for several days after cooking.

Do you wanna bite?

Cooking this soup in the Crock Pot filled the house with a wonderful fragrance of something lovin’ coming from the kitchen! My Chief Soup Eater added a splash of hot sauce to his serving.  This gave me the idea to add pepper flakes to the remaining soup.  I added  1 1/2 teaspoons and it was a perfect complement to the creamy soup.  I’ve added it as a “highly suggested” option in the recipe!

If you have other favorite soup-worthy vegetables this is the kind of recipe that can be tweaked to make it your own!  Thank you, Maribeth, and thank you Southern Living for inspiring this recipe!

Happy Cooking!
~ Catherine


Chicken, Potatoes, and Corn Slow-Cooker Chowder
 
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Adapted from a Southern Living recipe, this soup is hearty, filling, and a little bit of a kick with red pepper flakes! Delicious!
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: American
Serves: 10-12
Ingredients
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ¼-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
  • 1 pound white potatoes, peeled and cut into ¼-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
  • 1 pound (2 chicken breasts) cooked and shredded (or diced) chicken breasts*
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels (from 4 ears) or canned or frozen (thawed)
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onion (from 2 onions)
  • 1¼ cups chopped red bell pepper (from 1 large bell pepper)
  • 1¼ cups chopped yellow bell pepper (from 1 large bell pepper)
  • 1 cup chopped celery (from 3 stalks)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons pepper flakes* optional
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 5 to 8 tablespoons cornstarch*
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh or dried flat-leaf parsley
  • Hot sauce to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine the first 12 ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH about 4 hours, or on LOW for 6 to 8 hours until vegetables are tender.
  2. Whisk together cream and cornstarch in a bowl until smooth; slowly stir into soup.
  3. Cover and cook until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes.
  4. Top with hot sauce if desired.
Notes
* Cook the chicken ahead of time in chicken broth or my personal favorite suggestion: Place chicken breasts in the Crock Pot with 1 cup salsa. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours. Remove from Crock Pot, cool slightly and then shred. This chicken is moist and lightly seasoned.
*Red pepper flakes optional. They do not make the soup "hot" but add a nice layer of flavor.
* Can use only sweet potatoes if desired, but the addition of the white potato blends well with the other vegetables.
* Cornstarch - 5 tablespoons will thicken slightly. I prefer 8 heaping tablespoons for a medium thickness to the chowder.

 

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

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I’ve been cooped up at home with mono for the
past three days,  so with all that free time,
I’ve cooked up quite a few recipes I’m excited
to share (avocado brownies being my favorite)!!!

But today I’m sharing homemade hummus!  I love hummus with pita chips or celery sticks and carrots.  It’s a great healthy snack and a tasty addition to a salad!  There are all different kinds of hummus flavors that I like, but I went with Roasted Red Pepper.  I think next time I’ll have to do a garlic lime hummus or taco spices maybe.  It’s really easy to put your own spin on this recipe with whatever spices and flavors you want to use.


I started with two cans of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), one jar of roasted red peppers, and some olive oil.  I had that in the food processor ready to blend, then I started to get creative. I had about half a cup of sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil in the fridge.  That when in.  Then a couple teaspoons of garlic.  Half a cup of lemon juice.  Then I decided to turn up the heat.  So, I tossed in a jalapeño pepper and two heaping tablespoons of cayenne. Some salt and pepper to taste, and it was done!

I love to cook this way.  For something like hummus, you don’t need a recipe.  You can be spontaneous and imaginative and just get completely carried away with flavors.  The important things are chickpeas and olive oil (and in my opinion garlic), but after that, it’s your recipe!

I’m giving you the recipe for my hummus, but I hope you use it as more of a guide to creating whatever you want with the things you already have in your fridge!  That’s what makes it fun!

Thanks for reading!

Abby Hughes

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
 
This is a versatile recipe for hummus that's great for a snack, on a salad, or as an appetizer.
Author:
Recipe type: Healthy Snack or Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Serves: approx. 24 oz.
Ingredients
  • 2 cans of garbanzo beans
  • 1 small jar of fire roasted peppers
  • ½ c. sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
  • 1 to 1½ jalapenos roughly chopped with seeds
  • 2 Tbs minced garlic or 3-4 cloves
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs cayenne pepper optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Scrape the sides as necessary.
  3. Taste and adjust seasonings or flavors as desired.

Edible Nashville Farm Dinner

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On October 21st I was privileged to participate in Edible Nashville‘s second Farm Dinner.  It was a gorgeous, picture perfect day to appreciate the untainted countryside at Katharos Farm in Columbia Tennesee.

I was invited to help with this fantastic feast because I had emailed the editor, Jill Melton, about possible opportunities with the magazine.  She told me about the Farm Dinner coming up and I was ecstatic to be a part.  I love events like this, and honestly, I would rather be on the serving side than the guest side.  It’s just so rewarding to see all the work that goes on behind the scenes.  I always appreciate things so much more when I get to be a part of putting it together.


However, as I drove to the farm, I found myself getting nervous.  I didn’t truly know anyone who would be there.  But when I neared the event, I became overwhelmed by the beautiful rolling hills and immaculate homes that so perfectly sat on top of them.  The pastures were lined with white fences and vintage barns.  The sun was close to setting and so was my anxiety.

When I finally pulled into the gravel driveway of the farm, I was instructed where to park and followed the signs to the event.

I was taken aback when I cleared the trees and was greeted by the most fanciful table setting display I think I have ever seen.  It was whimsical and romantic.  Like walking into a dream.  I had to take several pictures of the table before I was capable of moving on to anything else.

Eventually, I got around to meeting the other volunteers and exploring the local wine, coffee, and pottery vendors.

Whole Foods catered the event complete with an elaborate charcuterie display.  The menu was four courses of fresh, local, harmony with nature.

I think everyone was a little stiff when they arrived, but as the meal and fellowship progressed, it felt like family.  It may have been the long, family-style table, or the wine, but I think there’s just something about food that brings people together.

I’m so grateful to have had the privilege to be a part of this gathering put together by some truly amazing people.

I know the pictures are worth all the words I could ever say, so here is a link to more information about the vendors and some professional photos of the Edible Nashville Farm Dinner.

Till next time,

Abby Hughes

P.S. I hope you all enjoyed your Halloween as much as I did!

Martin Luther, The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed The World by Eric Metaxas — Including a Signed Copy Giveaway!

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NOVEMBER 15, 2017 UPDATE:  TODAY Melissa Macduff won the drawing for the signed copy! (Drawn through Random.org)

The best part — she is gifting this signed copy to her Pastor, who she says “is a big fan of Eric Metaxas!”  This is especially sweet for me knowing that this signed copy that I bought and had Metaxas sign will go to a Pastor in Washington state!  Hallelujah!  Congratulations Melissa!


Earlier this month in anticipation of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation (Today!  October 31, 2017) of my favorite authors, Eric Metaxas, released his newest biography, Martin Luther, The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed The World.  [Details how to win a free signed copy at the end of this post.]

Being born into a Protestant family in 1956 I have “heard of” Martin Luther. It is safe to sum up my understanding of Martin Luther, as Martin Luther was an Augustinian monk and university lecturer when he composed his “95 Theses,” which protested the Catholic churches sale of reprieves from penance, or indulgences.” The End.

Beyond that, my mind is an open book, so to speak, as I picked up Metaxas 446 page-turner (plus acknowledgments, notes, and indexes.)  Lucky for me my husband began reading the book just the day before me, and so our discussions quickly began to center around what we were reading.

While there is little mystery surrounding Luther today (although there are still a few unknowns and unanswered questions about him) this book is a page-turner because I had trouble putting it down! Reading this book will increase your vocabulary by thousands of new words. True story – when reading anything written by Eric Metaxas I have his book in one hand and the Dictionary app on my phone in the other. I do not want to get to the end of 446 pages and realize that I simply skipped over what I didn’t know or understand. Therefore, it is a slow read for me, but enjoyable every step of the way.

In my mind’s eye, I can see a gentle smirk on Eric’s face as he writes. Not unlike Martin Luther who, according to Metaxas, was an “intense and dourly over-pious monk but also had a raucous joke-and-insult-producing side”. In case you wonder how I can see this you simply need to read Metaxas Acknowledgments at the end of the book. He is very funny and his personality and humor only enhance the story of Martin Luther making this an educational and entertaining read.

Metaxas writes like a surgeon as he expertly wields his pen cutting through layers and layers of facts and fiction dissecting each to find the truth. Apparently, there has been a lot of fiction surrounding Martin Luther and Metaxas makes no bones about what he has found to be true and what is not.

Martin Luther’s storyline includes many other famous and infamous souls. Not only does Metaxas transport us back into life in the early 1500’s, but the bigger picture of the Protestant Reformation takes center stage when we realize even though there were other Reformers before Luther, the invention of the printing press and movable print type by Johannes Gutenberg in 1439 cleared the way for Luther’s writings to be distributed quickly.

[I can’t help but wonder what Martin Luther would think about the speed with which we share information today! I just read (on the internet, so it must be true!) that a one-kilobyte email travels at the speed of light, basically, so that’s close to 670 million MPH.  Let’s just say much faster than in 1517. ]  I digress.

One can hardly separate the Gospel of Jesus from Martin Luther and his search for God,  but my favorite part of Eric Metaxas telling of Martin Luther’s story is how he carefully, cleverly, and rightly shares the truth of the Gospel of Christ throughout this book.  It is when we understand that Eric cannot and does not write this biography without sharing the Gospel do we clearly see the heart of the author. Eric is a man who I believe walks closely with God and so when he writes, I read.

What I’ve learned is that Martin Luther didn’t set out to change the world.  But he did strive to change his world.   He was a German monk in the Roman Catholic Church that wanted to be sure he was right with God.  The reformation as we now know it directly descended through Luther’s struggle and strife and rediscovery of his own relationship to God.  Buy the book. The history, the research, the writing, and the subject has given me a great appreciation for the man who God chose to bring about the Protestant Reformation.  I believe you will also be affected by this biography by Metaxas.

I am thankful Eric has taken time to sign books across the land which included a stop in Tennessee! The line was long and his time was short so I only asked him to sign a copy for my friend Joan and my husband.

My own copy is a mess with yellow sticky notes, penciled notes, quotes highlighted and a few exclamation points!

Would you like your own signed copy? I bought a copy and asked Eric to it signed for one blessed (and lucky) reader!  See the details listed below on how to enter the drawing!

Eric Metaxas other works include:

Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic
Campaign to End Slavery

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness

Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen,
and How They Can Change Your Life

7 Women and the Secret of Their Greatness

If You Can Keep It:  The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty

Happy Reading!  Good Luck in the giveaway!
~Catherine

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

One (1) winner will receive a signed copy of Martin Luther, The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World, with the drawing to be held on November 15, 2017.

HOW TO ENTER

To enter this giveaway, just answer the following question in the comments section of this postHave you read a book by Eric Metaxas before, and if so which is your favorite?

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