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Showing posts from March, 2013

Chicken and Bacon Corn Chowder


 Nothing quite hits the spot like a luscious bowl of homemade soup on a cold, winter's night.


 What's that?

 It's spring?

PHEW! (wipes brow)

Buh Bye winter!

HElloooo spring

Chicken and Bacon Corn Chowder

4 slices thick- cut bacon, chopped
1 onion, diced
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
2 cups corn 
2 cups diced peeled potato
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups milk or cream
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
2 1/2 cups diced, cooked chicken
1 Tbsp. cornstarch dissolved in 2 Tbsp. cold water
salt and pepper to taste
hot sauce to taste

Garnish: green onions, sour cream, reserved bacon 

In a large pot cook bacon until it is somewhat crispy. Remove bacon and drain on paper towel. Saute onion, celery and peppers until softened. Add corn, potatoes, stock, milk and seasonings. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook at a low temperature until vegetables are tender. Add chicken to pot. Bring to a gentle boil and stir in cornst…

Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip

I don't know about you but I am a sucker for Buffalo Chicken anything. I think the spicy zip of the wing sauce pairs so perfectly with the tangy blue cheese. Anyone else a huge fan of blue cheese? MMMmm!   With those flavors in mind, I decided to whip up a hot, cheesy dip. Serve with crackers, pita chips, thick cut potato chips or carrot and celery sticks.

Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip
(low-carb, gluten free)

8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup hot buffalo wing sauce
about 1 cup grated aged white cheddar
1 cup diced cooked chicken breast
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 finely chopped green onions


1. Heat oven to 425 F.
2. In a medium size bowl, blend cream cheese and mayo together. Add wing sauce, chicken, blue cheese, green onions and 1/2 the white cheddar.
3. Pour into a greased medium- size casserole dish.
4. Top with remaining cheddar cheese.
5. Bake until bubbly and  cheese is browned - 15 to 20 min.
6. Serve with crackers, thick- cut potato chips, celery and…