Sante Fe Chicken Chowder

Nothing quite like a nice, long, relaxing vacation that can really make you detest the rest of the world when you return. My husband and I have just returned from an amazing Carnival Cruise (which I’ll be posting about later). I loved countless things about the trip, but one thing that was fantastic was the feeling of being cut off from everyone. I used my free time to do something I embarrassingly haven’t done in a LONG time: read a book. But, like I said I’ll be doing a vacation post later this week with all the details!

In the little hiatus I’d taken from cooking these past couple months, I had bookmarked a ton of recipes I wanted to try. I’m not sure what prompted the hiatus, or why I was more than happy to eat chips and buffalo ranch dip for dinner most nights instead of cooking a meal suitable for a human, but whatever it was I feel as though I’m emerging from this ‘funk’. This meal below was originally cooked as a crock pot meal, so if you like to use your crock pot you can follow the original recipe here. I had a craving for this meal about 45 minutes before I wanted to eat, and waiting until the next day to use the crock pot was completely out of the question. This was so good I could have eaten this all week. I cut the portion down to 2 servings, and added in the corn starch to thicken the broth a bit as it was a little watery for my taste at first. Don’t skimp out on the sour cream, this was my little addition and it blended so well with the spice of the chowder.

Banana Cream Pie

So here is something I finally got around to making from my 28 while 28 list. I really think I should just rename the list “28 Ways to Show Everyone How Bad I Am at Commitment” since I really only get 6-7 items done in a given year.

My love affair with banana cream pie started in college, as it was a frequent item on the dessert bar in the campus cafeteria. Honestly, it was more of just banana flavored whipped cream, and I don’t think a real banana ever came close to the pie, but nevertheless I love it. The problem was, and trust me this was a huge problem, the graham cracker crumbles on top looked almost identical to the toasted pieces of shaved coconut that topped the coconut cream pies. Now, to someone who rarely wore their contacts, you can see how one could easily mistake the two pies. There was no bigger let down that cutting a sliver of the whipped deliciousness, sitting down to enjoy the first epic bite, only to discover it was the crappy imposter: coconut cream pie.


Pecan Green Bean Casserole

Wow, now that I’m taking a look at this photo I realize how god awful it is.

Its such a pity when a food photo resembles the regurgitated mess you spew up after a night of heavy drinking instead of the scrumptious feast it truly is. Trust me when I tell you this is really really good. A nice twist on a typical green bean casserole, and pretty filling too. I ate just this for dinner a few nights in a row and felt very satisfied. Bookmark this and bring it out next Thanksgiving season!

Source: Southern Living Magazine, November 2012