Corn and Shrimp Chowder with Mashed Potatoes

Corn and Shrimp Chowder

Corn and Shrimp Chowder

Remember when you were a kid and did strange things with your food at the dinner table?  Like make a mountain of mashed potatoes in the center and a moat of gravy with green peas sprinkled around like trees?  I should have become a food stylist.  I have continue to do fun things with the food I’m serving through the years.  The kids enjoyed meatloaf volcanos or carved watermelon beasts spewing watermelon chunks.  One year a pumpkin monster vomited out guacamole. Continue reading

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Rotisserie Chicken Tortilla Soup

Rotisserie Chicken Tortilla Soup

Rotisserie Chicken Tortilla Soup

Soup might not come to mind as a warm weather food but it does at our castle.  I make chicken tortilla soup and we add shredded lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, shredded cheddar and crushed tortilla chips.  It’s like having salad IN your soup!  Or you could think of it as turning a taco salad into a soup.  However you think of it, the flavors are luscious and one loaded bowl will fill your stomach. Continue reading

Turkey Vegetable Soup with Dumplings

Turkey Vegetable Soup with Dumplings

Turkey Vegetable Soup with Dumplings

Do you ever look in the freezer and realize you’re falling down on the job?  I will freeze meats such as leftover pulled pork or roasted turkey and promise myself to use it up in a week or two.  Yeah, that rarely happens.  Eventually I take a month and seriously work on reducing my leftovers.  Having turkey breast leftover is good in many dishes.  This day I decided on some soup. Continue reading