There is a well-known food adage that says you should only eat oysters in a month that has an ‘r’ in it. If you are risk-adverse, stick with that sage advice. However, I like to test boundaries, so let’s investigate…
I’m already loving the warm weather here in sunny San Diego, yet I can’t wait to visit Florida this July. Yep, that’s right – Florida in July! I love hot, muggy Southern summers and especially enjoy the thunderstorms that roll…
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Not only is this ridiculously easy to make, but if you have kids on Instagram, all they see are beautiful chia pudding combos so you’re not going to have to twist their arms to try it! Ha..social networking peer pressure…
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With kids headed back to school, it’s time for a little refresher on lunch box food safety! Nearly half (49 percent) of Americans admit to leaving lunches that require refrigeration out of the refrigerator/cooler/freezer for three hours or more. This means…
Today I picked up some gingko nuts and a bitter melon at the Korean Zion market. I have no idea how to prepare either, but they look fun and I love playing with my food. The gingko nuts are encased…
We go big on St. Patrick’s Day. So big, in fact, that I’m already testing out some dinner ideas for the month of March. Here’s a favorite dinner in my household – I changed it up a little, and happy…
Chilly winter days just beg for comfort food! This creamy chowder will hit the spot, but without the high-fat guilt. It’s also loaded with potassium rich sweet potatoes.
- You will Need:
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ cup celery, diced
- 1½ cups finely chopped red bell pepper
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups fresh or frozen corn, thawed
- 1 adobe chipotle pepper, seeded and minced (from a can of chipotles in adobo)
- ½ jalapeno, seeded and minced (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 2 cups peeled and cubed sweet potato or yam
- 1½ teaspoons cornstarch
- 1½ cups milk, divided
- FOR THE SHRIMP: (Optional! This chowder is great by itself!)
- 18 medium-large shrimp, fresh (thawed if frozen), peeled and deveined
- ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ tablespoon olive oil
- In a Dutch oven or large stockpot, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-low heat. Add celery, bell pepper, onion, garlic, corn, chipotle and jalapeño; sauté for about 10 minutes, stirring often.
- Stir in salt, pepper and veggie stock, stirring well. Increase heat to medium and bring to a low boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and add sweet potatoes. Simmer over low for 8–10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss shrimp with smoked paprika, brown sugar, black pepper and ½ tablespoon olive oil. In a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook shrimp 2–3 minutes per side or until cooked through. Set aside.
- Pour half of the soup in a blender or food processor; purée. Combine puréed soup with the remaining soup and stir well. Gently reheat. In a small bowl, make a slurry with the cornstarch and ¼ cup of the milk. Add to soup and stir well. Stir in the remaining 1¼ cups milk. Stir over medium heat until the soup becomes slightly thickened. Serve immediately and garnish each serving with the cooked shrimp.
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