The Shady Porch: 10.14

10.31.2014

Creamy Corn Chowder

They are predicting our first snow for this weekend; the temperature is already dropping, and we've had a drizzly rain all day. Such weather is ideal for this Creamy Corn Chowder. It will warm you from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. The flavor of the rich, creamy soup with the fresh sweetness of the corn make a delicious combination. The bacon and chives add an extra flavor pop as well. The easy-to-make, hearty soup can be whipped up in little time and will surely garner rave reviews.  

Creamy Corn Chowder
Creamy Corn Chowder

10.29.2014

Creamed Chicken a la King

This Chicken a la King is an old favorite and one that is a dream for the busy, budget-minded cook. A wonderful way to use leftover chicken, it is almost a deconstructed chicken pot pie. I like to prepare the thick chicken and vegetable sauce in my slow cooker, where, once the chicken is cooked through, it simmers until we are ready for dinner. To serve, ladle the Chicken a la King over rice, noodles, or (the hubby's favorite) biscuits, and dinner is done. This is my definition of real country comfort food, perfect to serve year-round, but ideal for a blustery autumn day. 


10.27.2014

What's For Supper: Menu October 27, 2014

I woke up this morning with a song stuck in my head....thankfully, it's a favorite (I Know Who I Am by Sinach)! When I was a kid, we went to Disney World; when we got home, my mom had "It's A Small World" stuck in her head, and soon the whole family had it running on a loop! Ugh! It took forever for us to get right again.
This week's menu has one of our new favorites, German Noodles with Smoked Sausage, and some untested recipes I'll be trying for the first time, like Carrot-Cabbage Casserole and Ham Casserole. If the new recipes are as delicious as I hope, I will surely share them with you.

What's For Supper: Menu October 27, 2014
What's For Supper: Menu October 27, 2014

10.26.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #60

Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known wrath remember mercy. Habakkuk 3:2 [NIV]

BBQ Pork Chili


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10.24.2014

12 Awesome One Skillet Dinners

There are few things as satisfying as serving my loved ones home cooked meals...and I am doubly thankful when I can do it in one skillet or pot! One skillet cooking has all the benefits I look for when recipe scouting: speed, thrift, complex flavors, and easy clean-up. It's great to find a dish that can make everybody happy and these 12 One Skillet Dinners ring that bell! Enjoy!


12 Awesome One Skillet Dinners

10.22.2014

BBQ Pork Chili

I love to find ways to utilize leftovers that are both frugal and delicious. This chili recipe was born out my desire to use leftover BBQ pork, and, since we're big chili fans, it was a no-brainer. This BBQ Pork Chili has layers of flavors with the combination of the BBQ and the chili seasonings. The aroma that filled the house while the chili was slow cooking was outrageously good. Since the pork was already well-cooked, it was merely a matter of allowing the chili to simmer, so the flavors could marry. Therefore, I put it all in my slow cooker and let it cook several hours on low. Easy and delicious with no waste...I could not be happier.

BBQ Pork Chili
A delicious make-it-new recipe...dump in slow cooker and simmer until done!

10.20.2014

What's For Supper: Menu October 20, 2014

Strong breezes push clouds across the grayed skies, flocks of clamoring birds whirl and wheel as they start the migration to warmer climes, leaves are falling from our trees more quickly each day, but, thankfully, the temperatures are still very comfortable... perfect for savory dishes like the One Dish Dinner: Chicken, Potatoes, & Green Beans and the Slow Cooker Turkey BreastBoth are such easy meals to prepare, they are gifts to not only the cook, but the family as well! Enjoy the rest of the menu...I hope you find a new family favorite. 
What's For Supper: Menu October 20, 2014
What's For Supper: Menu October 20, 2014

10.19.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #59


No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near Psalm 91:10-11

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Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

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10.17.2014

Stuffed Pepper Soup

When I was small, we lived with my grandparents for a while, and our Hungarian neighbor, Mary, would occasionally bring us a big pan of stuffed peppers.  It smelled heavenly and my Nan and Pop really enjoyed both the generous gesture and the delicious dish. How I wish I had tried it (I was a picky eater as a kid), since I now know what a great dish it is. Happily, we now have a modern easy-to-make version...in soup! Each delicious spoonful is full of great flavors that we love. It went over very well and was gone before anyone could think about taking some for lunch the next day. If you have eaters that do not like rice, like we do, you can add the rice as you serve each bowl. Small sized pasta like stars or orzo make great substitutes for the rice, as well.



10.15.2014

Pasta with Meat Sauce

When this pasta meat sauce is simmering on the stove, the aroma is so wonderful, you might feel you have been transported to a Tuscan kitchen. I suppose it's the combination of garlic, olive oil, and basil pesto simmering slowly in base of diced tomatoes. As the hubby arrives home, he comes through the door, calling, "Wow, it smells good in here!" Happily, we're equally pleased with the remarkable flavor. Whether winding spaghetti or piercing ziti, this savory sauce is delicious, and still is a favorite should you decide to enjoy a meat-free version. It takes little time to prepare and it's well worth the effort for that authentic Italian taste.

Pasta with Meat Sauce

10.13.2014

What's For Supper: Menu October 13, 2014

This week's menu includes sirloin steaks that I found on sale (we're looking forward to grilling them...so thankful that the weather will still allow it!) This week, I am making BBQ Pork Chili for the first time, using leftover pork and that makes me happy. When the cooler Fall evenings arrive, we turn to breakfast-for-dinner (my SIL calls it 'brinner'!) on a pretty regular basis, and that can be anything from pancakes to breakfast casseroles to full biscuits-and-gravy country plates. There is just something comforting about having the griddle and coffee pot going in the evening. 

What's For Supper: Menu October 13, 2014

10.12.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #58

God of hope fill you with all joy peace as you trust Him Romans 15:13

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 Roast Beef Po' Boy Au jus:  Slow Cooker


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10.10.2014

Polynesian Slaw

Years ago, my sister-in-law brought this Polynesian Slaw to a family function and it was the dish of the day. Everyone loved this new slaw with its tangy, crunchy goodness. Fast forward to today and it is still on my menu, in addition to its staple-status at family functions. It pairs very well with BBQ dishes. I especially like it on my BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, but the hubby likes it strictly as a heaping side dish. It does require a little advance preparation so the noodles can soften a bit; otherwise, it is an easy-to-make recipe. 
Polynesian Slaw
Polynesian slaw...tangy, crunchy goodness

10.08.2014

Roast Beef Po' Boy Au jus: Slow Cooker

This is a beefy delicious sandwich that is so easy-to-make. It's so flavorful with the au jus (beef juices) and, for added bonus, I like mine with a roasted garlic mayonnaise (aioli). The hubby likes his simply dipped in the au jus, as pictured below. The French baguettes (bread) are sold in individual sandwich sizes, and are baked just before serving, adding to the whole comfort food label this sandwich deserves. This recipe feeds a crowd and is great for gatherings like game day. Leftovers, if there are any, make great fajitas.

Roast Beef Po' Boy Au jus...a delicious, drippy sandwich!
Roast Beef Po' Boy Au jus...a delicious, drippy sandwich!

10.06.2014

What's For Supper: Menu October 5, 2014

The seasonal change has moved from the calendar to the weather these past few days...the AC is off, the windows are closed, we're wearing long sleeves, and we've added a quilt to the bed. I always delay turning the heat on so I can emotionally hang on to summer a little longer. Once I flip on the furnace, it really means we've turned down the road toward winter.

This week's menu is great for the budget since I am using items that are already in the freezer and pantry. Weeks like this only require replenishing staples like milk, eggs, and orange juice from the grocery store.  You might notice that several of my menu items call for ground beef (sirloin), but the recipes have such diverse seasonings and flavors I don't think anyone will be bored with the meal plan this week.  The dessert this week is cobbler and the recipe is one of the first my mom taught me. This week I am using raspberries rather than peaches, but the recipe is the same otherwise...so delicious and easy!

What's For Supper: Menu October 5, 2014

10.05.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #57


Hebrews 10 -  Very soon now, the one who is coming will come...

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Italian Sausage & Potato Soup: Slow Cooker
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10.04.2014

Mulled Cranberry Punch

There are few things as warm and welcome in the autumn as as good mulled drink. I used to think that mulled was another word for 'warmed.' When I came to understand what mulling IS, well... let's just say that this has added another layer to why we love Fall. It's great to wrap your fingers around a mug at the backyard fire pit on a cool evening, or sip from a thermos at the cross country meet on a Saturday morning, or simply snuggle up on the sofa with your favorite afghan and your favorite cup anytime. I've already shared our Spiced Apple Cider, and today I want to share the Mulled Cranberry Punch. Aside from the wonderful flavor of this punch, the aroma is an extra bonus...it's almost worth making just to fill your house with that bouquet. 
 
Mulled Cranberry Punch
Mulled Cranberry Punch

10.01.2014

Italian Sausage & Potato Soup: Slow Cooker

This Italian soup (zuppa) is a favorite at our house. Hearty and flavorful, it is the kind of dish that generates rave reviews before it is even served; the rich and layered aroma that fills the house as this cooks will have everyone clamoring for a bowl. I love preparing dishes that create such anticipation, especially like this one, which falls into the easy-to-make category. And, to ramp up the convenience factor, I'm sharing it as a slow cooker recipe that will guarantee it's ready when you are. 

Italian Sausage & Potato Soup: Slow Cooker