Corn Crab Chowder with Bacon

A delicious Corn Chowder loaded with crab and bacon is a satisfying and delicious meal especially when served with home made organic cornbread.

Corn Crab Chowder with Bacon

I am slowly accepting the fact that the summer is almost over. The realization that the heat is not coming back came when we returned from our trip. I climbed into the pool and thought my toes were going to freeze off. I quickly climbed out and it still took me about 10 minutes to heat through. I especially noticed how moody the temperatures are. Yesterday morning I needed a cardigan since it was only 60 degrees, but then later on in the day I felt like I was having a heat exhaustion  in my suit.

Maybe I’m just crazy. I’m sure spending 5 days in Mexico with 90 degree days was not helpful. Nevertheless summer is coming to an end and part of me is sad.

Corn Crab Chowder with Bacon

I love a good corn chowder but corn chowder with crab and bacon is a whole new game. Cornbread turned this into a complete dinner that was simply perfect. Even Briana loved it. That says a lot since I have a really hard time getting her to eat anything seafood outside of shrimp.

Corn Crab Chowder with Bacon

Corn Crab Chowder with Bacon

Have a great weekend friends :)

Kathy Sig 2

 

5.0 from 2 reviews
Corn Crab Chowder with Bacon
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 6 slices bacon, cut into strips
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 fresh corn on the cob, kernels cut off
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 lb lump crab meat
  • ⅓ cup fat free half and half
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups chicken stock
Instructions
  1. Heat a soup pot or a Dutch Oven over medium heat and sauté bacon until crispy. Using a slotted spoon remove bacon bits onto a paper towel lined plate leaving bacon fat in the pot.
  2. Add chopped onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Cook until the vegetables are soft. Stir in thyme, potato and corn. Season with a little salt and pepper.
  3. Pour in chicken stock, cover and simmer until the potato is soft.
  4. Add crab meat and half & half. Adjust seasoning and cook another 5 minutes.
  5. Serve topped with bacon crumbles.

 

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“Everything” Smoked Salmon Yogurt

"Everything" Smoked Salmon Yogurt

Before Kurt moved to the NY/NJ area he had never heard about the everything bagel. Seriously?! I’m a New Yorker, I mean c’mon! Fuggedaboutit! Luck has it, it turned out to be his favorite breakfast sandwich. An everything bagel with lox, cream cheese and capers. An everything bagel topped with cream cheese, smoked salmon, red onions slices, capers and tomato is the best fast food breakfast that I can think of as well. Of course, there is the old fashioned bacon, egg and cheese or toasted plain bagel, but to me those don’t come close to what we call the Lox Bagel.

In the perfect world I would eat a bagel for breakfast every day. Unlucky for me, I don’t live in a perfect world and my favorite bagel is on the list of the “not so good for your figure” foods. Giving up my Lox Bagel is not even an option so I compromised. After all, healthy eating is not about limits. Instead it’s about keeping an open mind and finding healthier alternatives.

"Everything" Smoked Salmon Yogurt

How?

I said goodbye to my favorite bagel (reserving it for once in a while type of meal) and replaced it with low fat plain Greek yogurt. I even took it a step further and created lunch out of it by placing all that goodness on a bed of greens. How awesome is that?

"Everything" Smoked Salmon Yogurt

"Everything" Smoked Salmon Yogurt

I promise, it’s good.

Kathy Sig 2

5.0 from 3 reviews
"Everything" Smoked Salmon Yogurt
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 slices smoked Nova salmon
  • 1 radish, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup plain low fat Chobani yogurt
  • 2-3 red onion slices (not pictured)
  • ¼ cup grape tomatoes, quartered (not pictured)
  • 5 slices small kirby cucumber
  • 1 tsp capers
  • handful arugula microgreens (optional)
  • salad greens (optional)
  • ½ tbsp hemp seed
  • 1 tsp dry onion
  • ½ tsp black sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. Arrange the first 7 ingredients in a bowl over salad greens (if using).
  2. Top with hemp seed, dry onion and sesame.
  3. Enjoy!!!!
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Simply Succulent Simple Grilled Shrimp


Simply Succulent Simple Grilled Shrimp

It’s not a surprise, I love shrimp. It’s my go to ingredient when I want dinner fast. It’s most likely my favorite item to cook with. I say most likely because there might be something else I absolutely love to cook with but can’t quite think of it right now. :)

It’s the middle of summer and I am soaking in every warm moment in my backyard. It feels like the space back there is my getaway without getting away. The temps are holding steady in the 90′s but that hasn’t stopped this girl from grilling and sipping on wine. I say drinking a glass of crisp cold wine while the grill does the job beats sweating next to the stove top.

Simply Succulent Simple Grilled Shrimp

Want to know my secret to beautiful shrimp without burnt skewers? Use a piece of aluminum foil underneath, because even if you soak skewers they will still end up burning. I made garlic herb olive oil and drizzled it right over shrimp on the grill. The tin foil is fantastic for catching all the juices that you can pour right over the shrimp before serving. I don’t know about you but I’m not letting that deliciousness go to waste.

Simply Succulent Simple Grilled Shrimp

I made a fabulous grilled zucchini and corn salad to go alongside this shrimp. The three of us devoured everything without making a sound. I got the least amount of shrimp since Briana loved it so much. She ate hers and helped herself to some off my plate. It makes me insanely happy when she loves the food I make. She is the picky food critic in this family.

Check back next week I’ll be sure to share the recipe for the zucchini.

Simply Succulent Simple Grilled Shrimp

Until next time, have a beautiful weekend friends. Muah!

4.8 from 6 reviews
Simply Succulent Simple Grilled Shrimp
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs of shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 sprigs lemon thyme
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges
  • wood skewers
  • 2 aluminum foil squares stacked together, large enough for all the skewers.
Instructions
  1. Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes (one hour best).
  2. In a small bowl combine olive oil, garlic, thyme and parsley.
  3. While the grill preheats, skewer the shrimp and lemon wedges.
  4. Lay the foil on the grill and arrange the skewers on top. Drizzle with the olive oil mixture.
  5. Cook until the shrimp is pink and no longer opaque. Pour the juices from the tinfoil over the shrimp before serving.

 

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