Sunday, September 18, 2011

Shrimp & Corn Chowder

after a few days in NYC i'm back home & ready to give {shugart & spice} some TLC! the trip was great & it also had some interesting encounters:
  • nene & phaedra, from RHoA, brought their fabulosity on my departing flight
  • a run in with padma lakshmi in soho-who doesn't appear to have ever eaten a morsel of food from her food shows but was beautiful!
  • a lunch @ delicatessen next to kelly bensimon-who looked toned, tan & fab!
  • i was a witness to a cash winner in the cash cab

but what was even more mind boggling, was that when i arrived, the highs were around 80 & when i departed, the high was 55 degrees! and as quick as that temp changed, so did the fashions...i left behind people in puffers, boots, leggings & uggs. people. come. on.

but in fall food fashion...i'm getting on board & making my first soup of the season...a perfect end to summer & kick off to fall.

{shrimp & corn chowder}

ingredients {in order of use}
*serves 4
*adapted from cooking light
  • 6 slices turkey bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 {12 ounce} bags frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 2 cups fat-free chicken broth
  • 3/4 pound shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
1. bring a large dutch oven to medium-high heat. toss in bacon & saute for 5 minutes, or until browning. add onion, celery, thyme & garlic to pan & saute for 5 minutes. add corn & cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. add chicken broth & bring to a boil {bump up to high heat}. cook for 5 minutes.

2. place 2 cups of the corn mixture in a blender & puree.

*note-remove center piece on lid to allow steam to escape. place a paper towel over to prevent splatter.

return pureed corn to pan. stir in shrimp, 1/2 & 1/2, salt & pepper. cover until ready to serve; or approx. 5-10 minutes to cook shrimp & marry flavors.

3. serve warm & for added fall measure...with a grilled cheese sandwich!

*contains around 250 calories/serving

Monday, September 12, 2011

One Pot Wonder: Bacon Ranch Chicken

i'm off to nyc tomorrow for the week & can't wait! it's fashion week so they city will be a buzz with fashionistas & fall styles galore. one of my "to-do's" before i departed was grocery shop for justin...he's been enjoying my cooking for months so i was a little nervous to leave him with what he describes as "no food" in the house.

his requests: bananas, ham & wheat bread. i guess that leaves him with two options: banana sandwiches. ham sandwiches.

how he ever made it alone i'll never know...

but when i return friday i plan on making this over the weekend. give it a try this week & let me know what you think!

{one pot wonder: bacon ranch chicken}

ingredients {in order of use}
*serves 4-6
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons real bacon bits {or 3 pieces cooked crispy & crumbled}
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 package ranch dressing mix
  • 1 {10 3/4 ounce} can reduced-fat cream of chicken soup
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • egg noodles {for serving over}

1. place chicken in crock pot.

2. combine all other ingredients {through milk}, mix & pour over chicken.

3. cook on low for approx. 6 hours. using 2 forks shred in crock pot.

4. cook noodles desired, toss in crock pot & serve warm! top with cheese or sour cream if desired.

*also great as a dip served with tostitos!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Palmetto Cheese

i feel the need to share a fabulous foodie find...and one that's perfect to incorporate in your fall tailgating, cookouts or in weekly meals.

palmetto cheese {otherwise known as "the pimento cheese with soul"} is one of the best pimento cheeses i've ever had! i was first introduced to this brand by my MIL & have spotted it at different events since. sold at publix, harris teeter, winn-dixie & piggly wiggly {to name a few}, it's perfect on bread & as a dip at parties. i prefer the jalapeno flavor but recently got wind they are releasing one with BACON this fall! i die.

grab a tub today & if you are in question where to find or want unique pimento cheese recipes, check out their website. i'm quite a fan!!

Friday, September 9, 2011

DIY-Stripes in a Room

remember the basement i've been working on...that was previously two lovely shades of brown?! well, my PM {mom/project manager} was in town this week to help me tackle painting stripes. which can be summed up in two bullet points:
  • do it
  • don't do it
once i committed it was one heck of a project that required surgeon like skills & a LOT of patience. like...a LOT of patience. but i am LOVING the results & am sharing them below. thanks to my friend maggie who inspired this project & shared her paint colors with me...check out her creative DIY blog here!

*disclaimer-i'm happy to help with advice & a how-to...however, i will not help with my hands. sorry i'm not sorry.

*BEFORE-ignore the holiday boxes & stripper pole


*BEFORE-notice the two-tone browns

*1st step-i painted the walls the base color

*2nd step-using a laser leveler, i marked the stripes with tape

*3rd step-paint your darker stripes




*and i pained an accent wall in my dining room-can't wait to add to the wall with a menagerie of things!

as i progress with our office/man cave decor, i'll keep you updated! back with some recipes & less projects next week!

happy friday & go dawgs!!!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

T.G.I.F., in Dixie

*took the words right out of my mouth...

we are only one day out from what is the equivalent of christmas morning for adults. the coming of christ. the rebirth. angels will sing, the pearly gates will open & out will flood the georgia bulldogs in red britches. we'll also gather, last supper-style, under tents over linen tablecloths as we dine on buffalo chicken dip & sausage balls & wash it all down with a signature southern-style bourbon & coke.

sure we've got baptists, methodists & episcopalians in the south, but we've also got football. and football in the south is your second religion. you give your money, your time, you pray, you greet the people, you stand, you sit, you wear your sunday best, you sing your favorite hymns & you leave that sanctuary of a stadium with a deeper understanding & sense of being.


here in dixie, that rings thank god it's football.

i'm hosting a congregation at my house before the actual tailgate but in saturday-style, we'll have all the fixins right here as well. i can't wait to make a "bloomin' pizza bread", i discovered on another blog, the girl who ate everything.

and like they say on sunday, a little wine, a little bread...and that never hurt anyone!

{bloomin' pizza bread}

ingredients {in order of use}
  • 1 round sourdough bread
  • 12-16 ounces mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 {3.5 ounce} package pepperoni, sliced in halves
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon italian seasonings
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 jar marinara
1. pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. cut the bread lengthwise & widthwise without cutting through the bottom of the crust.

3. place bread on a foil-lined baking sheet & cover with mozzarella. be sure to work it into the creases! add pepperoni in same style.

4. in a small bowl, combine butter, garlic & italian seasonings. microwave for approx. 10 seconds or until butter starts to melt. stir to mix & drizzle or brush over bread. sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

5. wrap bread in foil & bake covered for 15 minutes. unwrap bread & bake for 10 additional minutes so cheese & pepperoni start to brown.

*lastly, i leave you with the opening hymn...go dawgs!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Party of 2?

okay it's come to this...i must blog about this & hope someone can comment with an explanation, a reason, anything.

family stickers on the back window of cars.

i've spent the last year in georgia & i've only grown more confused with the obsession of these little stick figures. standard family of four? family of 6, 2 dogs & a parakeet? family who loves disney world?

* loves yard work? mom's in shape? they've got a pirate in the family & the dog loves treats?

but my concern really mounted when a friend, who also shares this confusion for mini-van moms donning these stickers, sent me this last weekend.

* that a party of 2?!

*'s just sister & the dog?! so who's driving the navigator?

i leave you with that riddle & a recipe i'm making tonight. and if i could find sister i'd have her over...i bet she only knows how to make pb&j's on her own...

*picture courtesy of kitchen daily

{quick skillet lasagna}
*adapted from kitchen daily

ingredients {in order of use}
*serves 4
  • 2 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 15 no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 1 can {10 3/4 ounces} condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can {14.5 ounces} diced tomatoes
  • 1 package {10 ounces} frozen, chopped spinach {thawed & drained}
  • 1 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup low-fat mozzarella cheese
  • salt & pepper, to taste
1. in a large skillet, bring broth to a boil. break the noodles into pieces & add to the skillet. reduce heat to low & cook until noodles are tender, approx. 3 minutes.

2. add in mushroom soup, tomatoes & spinach & cook for 5 minutes.

3. remove from heat, spoon ricotta cheese on top & sprinkle with mozzarella. enjoy!
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