Simple Corn Chowder

End of Summer Corn Chowder

A simple corn chowder that takes minutes and tastes like summer

There’s nothing that says the end of summer more (except maybe of a glut of tomatoes – have you seen all my tomato posts, lol!) than the end of Sweet Corn season. It’s a sad day when the abundance of corn withers away to a dribble, then there’s nothing left but a few lonely ears in the bottom of the huge boxes that stand in so many produce departments.

Simple Corn Chowder

Simple Corn Chowder

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Ratatouille

Here’s the thing about Ratatouille – it’s originally a Provencal vegetable stew, and like any stew, just calls out for the personalized touch. Don’t like eggplant – who cares? Peppers aren’t your thing? Use something else. I think you’ll love this version, roughly adapted from Tyler Florence. We do.

Ratatouille

Ratatouille

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Tyler Florence's Shrimp Po' Boys.

Shrimp Po’ Boys

Tyler Florence…my hero!  I used his basic recipe for Po’ Boys – with a few deletions and additions, and it is amazing! His Creole sauce is so good, my son went nuts over it. While these may look like a basic Po’ Boy, I promise you, they are anything but. I’ve had them in many different areas of the country and these beat out every restaurant version.

Tyler Florence's Shrimp Po' Boys.

Tyler Florence’s Fabulously Frugal Shrimp Po’ Boys.

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Winter Minestrone with Sausage & Beans

Winter Minestrone with Sausage & Beans

I didn’t used to care for Minestrone. And that’s putting it mildly. I’d had a couple at restaurants that weren’t great and I never explored it further. What I had was kind of muddy and dull in flavor and that pasta in it? Ummm, no thank you! If you’re like I was, it’s time to revisit and check out this Winter Minestrone with Sausage & Beans.

Winter Minestrone with Sausage & Beans

Winter Minestrone with Sausage & Beans adapted from Tyler Florence

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Upside Down French Toast

How about Brunch this week, for the weekend or for dinner? This is so simple, so easy (much easier than making regular old French toast in a skillet or a griddle!) and an elegant treat. Your family will think you’ve really went overboard when all you’ve done is throw some pantry ingredients and day old bread in a skillet. Shhhh…I won’t tell if you don’t!

Tyler Florences Upside Down Caramel Apple French Toast

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Salmon & Asparagus Hash Hollandaise Tyler Florence Hash browns

Salmon & Aspargus Hash

Salmon & Asparagus Hash - riffed off Tyler Florence, this is a beautiful brunch dish!

Sometimes I’m possessed by food jealousy – I think it might happen to a lot of people who are on a budget. They hear about a friend’s restaurant dinner, see a gorgeous meal in a magazine, or maybe they watch Tyler Florence. Darn you, Tyler! Darn you and your belly of fresh Atlantic salmon that would be so perfect for Mother’s Day!

Salmon & Asparagus Hash  Hollandaise Tyler Florence Hash browns

Salmon & Asparagus Hash with Hollandaise Sauce

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