The Best Homemade Chicken Soup

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Homemade Chicken Soup is the best invention ever.  Filled with veggies, herbs and roasted chicken, this soup could cure any ailment and is the perfect comfort food.  For a more filling meal, just add some egg noodles. We have a favorite chicken soup that we trek long and far for.  It's not really chicken soup if you were to order it....it's actually Matzo Ball Soup.  We ditch the balls and just go naked chicken soup....which is rather brothy and not really filling because it's missing the … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala Stew

Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala Stew | The Suburban Soapbox

The most amazing slow cooker recipe, ever.  This hearty Chicken Marsala Stew will quickly become a family favorite and is ready to eat when you walk in the door after a busy day.  Lighter and more heart healthy than many stew recipes, you won't feel weighed down after eating a bowl.  Room for dessert! According to Facebook, school has started everywhere....but here.  It's still summer in my 'hood.  The kids are still riding their bikes through the neighbors landscaping and sucking every … [Read more...]

Spicy Corn Chowder with Bacon

Spicy Corn Chowder with Bacon | The Suburban Soapbox

Sweet corn and jalapeños give this summertime chowder an extra spicy kick.  Salty bacon and Cojita cheese take it over the top.  Pair with a side salad and dinner is ready in under 30 minutes.  There's nothing better than summer corn.  Like tomatoes and peaches, sweet corn is one of those things that I wait for all year.  Inevitably, I get impatient when I start seeing it in the store.....already shucked and wrapped in plastic.  All signs point to "Don't you dare put that in your cart" … [Read more...]

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie | The Suburban Soapbox

This easy one dish chicken pot pie is made in a skillet and topped with a pre-made pie crust.  An easy weeknight meal that tastes like it's been cooking for hours and has fewer calories than a traditional pot pie.  More flavor.....less guilt! Chicken Pot Pie is the ultimate comfort food....right next to beef stew and baked macaroni and cheese, it's what I want to eat on a cold winter day.  Growing up, I hated the crust.  I hated pie crust.  I thought it was the worst part of the pie.  … [Read more...]

Lighter New England Clam Chowder

Lighter New England Clam Chowder | The Suburban Soapbox

 The classic New England Clam Chowder made lighter by substituting the usual butter and heavy cream for a few slices of bacon and low-fat milk.  Hearty and filling, this chowder is the perfect meal for the cold, final days of winter. First things first....this is not a quick, weeknight meal.  It does take some effort....BUT it does taste better the next day.  So, if you plan ahead and put your love into it on Sunday....it's definitely going to be amazing the next day for a quick dinner.  … [Read more...]

Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Chili

Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Chili | The Suburban Soapbox

A slow cooked chili with hints of sweetness and a bit of heat.  This is the perfect no-fuss game day meal! No beans here, friends.  I am not a fan.  So...my recipe, my rules...no beans.  This helps when you have a roomful of men watching the big game.  The no beans rule.  Beans do things to you....that's all I'm saying.  I think when you have a bunch of people munching on cheese, hot dogs and beans all within a few hours....mix that with some beer....you see where this is heading. Add … [Read more...]

Baked French Onion Soup

Baked French Onion Soup | The Suburban Soapbox

This rich broth-based soup is topped with a cheesy crust that you will guard with your spoon...or knife.  No sharing allowed. Are you wondering why I stated "Baked" in the title?  I learned a lesson once when I ordered French Onion Soup at a restaurant.  I assumed all versions were the same and all versions came with a thick, crusty topping of melted, gooey cheese.  I assumed they all had a dark, beefy broth.  I assumed they were all following the same recipe all over the globe and why … [Read more...]

Sausage White Bean and Kale Soup

Sausage White Bean and Kale Soup - The Suburban Soapbox

I recovered from the Ebola Virus....which was not the Ebola Virus...it was just a cold.  But all the same, I felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest for 5 days and my nose just stopped working.  Like it completely froze up and wouldn't let anything in or out.  I have my suspicions on where I picked up the horrible funk but regardless, I most likely got sick from the grocery store shopping cart.  I know better but I don't ever wipe down the handle.  Ever.  I know...gross. But...think … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Beef and Ale Stew

Slow Cooker Beef and Ale Stew

What better way to weather the effects of the Polar Vortex than with stew.  Right?  First, let's talk about the Polar Vortex....does this remind anyone of The Day After Tomorrow?  The term alone makes me think if I stick my face outside it will instantly freeze.  Like in a nano-second.  Like a wooly mammoth.  Isn't that how the dinosaurs died?  Am I freaking you out yet?  Sorry, let's move on. I also have the Ebola Virus...or a cold...either way, I feel like I never want to get out of bed.  … [Read more...]

Roasted Cauliflower and Shallot Soup

Roasted Cauliflower and Shallot Soup

I grew a cauliflower.  This doesn't actually sound that exciting but to me this was a huge accomplishment.  I always wanted a vegetable garden so I thought I would test out a few things before going all out and creating a small plantation.  And since we moved into our house in late June I only had access to a few types of plants....brussels sprouts and cauliflower.  I planted one of each and to my surprise...both of them were somewhat successful!  My brussels sprouts are puny and kind of a waste … [Read more...]