Showing posts with label #freerecipe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #freerecipe. Show all posts

Monday, December 12, 2016

#LIGHTtheWORLD: With Homemade Maple Syrup

Today is about teaching others.  I can't teach you directly, but I can share another recipe.  This one is for homemade maple syrup.  It is so good and so easy, you will never buy syrup again and your family will beg you not to.

We have always made our own syrup because when I was a kid, my dad always made our syrup.  I never had store-bought syrup unless we ate breakfast at a restaurant or somebody else's house.  I didn't ever like to order pancakes out because I hated how the syrup tasted and especially how it was always cold.  It is my opinion that syrup should always be warm and preferably homemade.

Homemade Maple Syrup

2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon maple extract

Mix the sugar and water together over medium heat and slowly bring to a boil.  Boil for 1 minute.
Remove from heat and add the vanilla and maple extracts.
Serve warm over waffles or pancakes.
Store in the refrigerator.

When you've shopped and worked and planned for Christmas and you somehow managed to forget what to make for dinner, whip up some homemade pancakes and freshly made syrup.  Served with a glass of ice cold milk, it's sure to be a winner!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

#LIGHTtheWORLD: Corny Corn Chowder Recipe---to Die For!

Jesus indeed fed the hungry.  He did it miraculously with only a few loaves and fishes.  It's one of my very favorite bible tellings.  Food is such a beautiful metaphor.  We need it.  We crave it.  We love it or hate it.  It takes effort to prepare good and beautiful food.  It's at the center of our gatherings.  I especially look forward to lovely, warm things on cold and blustery days like we're having here in Utah.  The temperature dropped, the trees became frozen over with a little snow, and the coats came out of their plastic dry-cleaning wrappers.

I love how a simple, humble supper can warm the coldest little bodies.  When you come home from school or work or a busy day of doctor appointments, isn't it wonderful to be able to sit down to some hearty soup and good bread?  I think it's the secret of the culinary world---good soup and very good bread.  Today I want to share with you one of our family's very favorite recipes.  It's actually my very own, created by me, myself, and I.  I share it with you for this Christmas time.

Gina's Corny Corn Chowder
1 lb. bacon, fried and crumbled
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 quart chicken stock
1 can evaporated milk
5 potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 cans (15-oz.) sweet corn, drained
2 cans (15-oz.) creamed corn
fresh salt and pepper
1 tsp. Frank's hot sauce
2 cups medium sharp cheddar cheese, grated

In a large dutch oven, cook the bacon until nice and crisp enough to crumble; drain.
Using the bacon drippings, cook the onion until translucent (4 or 5 minutes) and then drain.  
Remove bacon fat from dutch oven and return to the stove.
To the dutch oven add the chicken stock, canned milk, potatoes, onion, crumbled bacon, salt and pepper, and hot sauce. 
Cook on low to medium heat until potatoes are tender, stirring periodically.
Add the corn and creamed corn and hot sauce.
Add more chicken stock until the thickness is the way you like it---we like ours nice and thick.
Turn heat off and stir in the grated cheese and wait until melted.  
Scoop into bowls or even bread bowls and garnish with extra cheese and bacon.

 This is really easy to make and doesn't take very long.  I always start the bacon cooking and while it's doing its thing, I chop the onions, then the potatoes, and grate the cheese.  It seems to all come together in about 45 minutes and is worth the wait.  Your family will be glad you didn't settle for takeout!  I hope you like it!  #LIGHTtheWORLD and #MerryChristmas!