Friday, March 21, 2014

Corn Chowder

I've been making this soup for years and it always satisfies.  Don't skip the bacon as it imparts a lot of flavor.  And use good quality corn: I like Trader Joe's Organic frozen corn kernels.  For good quality chicken broth Cook's Illustrated recommends Swanson's Organic chicken broth.  This recipe double easily for your next informal dinner party or family gathering.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Apple Raspberry Crisp

We went to Afton Apple Orchard last fall and had a grand time picking apples and raspberries.  I decided to take my recipe for Rhubarb-Strawberry Crisp and re-purpose it for the bounty at hand. I used golden raspberries because that was what we picked but red raspberries would be equally good.  You could also skip the raspberries altogether.

Depending on the apple variety you are using you might need more or less sugar.  For tart apples like Haralson, use the full amount of sugar in the filling.  The Sweet 16 apples I used were very sweet and probably didn't need any sugar. In fact a squeeze of lemon might be good if using apples that lack any tartness.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Fried Smashed Potatoes

These excellent potatoes will be a family favorite.  They do take a little while to make, so probably best saved for the weekend.  Or, if you must have them on a weeknight, you could try boiling the potatoes ahead of time.  The combination of lemon, garlic and salt really make these very tasty.  Warning: could be habit-forming!