Super Simple Guinness Beef Pies

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Easy and elegant enough for entertaining, Guinness Beef Pies are great for a St. Patrick's Day celebration.  The stew can be made in advance and then is baked with a crispy, buttery pastry top right before serving.   I never really celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  Voluntarily, that is.  Last year I got a little excited for the festivities just so I could show off my awesome Leprechan Trap that "Landon" made for his class party.  Prior to that, I went on a pub crawl with my friends when I was … [Read more...]

One-Pot Spaghetti and Meatball Stew

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Spaghetti and Meatball Stew comes together all in one pot with a rich, tangy tomato sauce for an easy family meal.  Hearty and filling, this is fantastic served with a green salad and crusty bread, loaded with butter, for dipping.   I like meals that I can cook in one pot....because doing dishes on a full stomach really blows.  I know you all agree because I get tons of requests for easy, one-pot meals.  So, I do my best to minimize the work on the back end for all of us by throwing … [Read more...]

Easy Lobster Bisque

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Rich and decadent, Lobster Bisque is the perfect way to celebrate this Valentine’s Day.  Easy to make and inexpensive, your special someone will think you spent hours in the kitchen.  Lobster is fancy pants.  It is.  If someone serves you lobster, in any form, you tend to gasp a little.  Even if it’s just an internal gasp but it’s there.  You’re a little impressed.  Unless you’re allergic to shellfish then your gasp has a completely different meaning.  But other than the fact that your … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Split Pea with Ham Soup

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Comfort food at it's best, this healthy, veggie packed Split Pea with Ham Soup recipe is simmered all day in the slow cooker.  A great dinner for a cold winter's day and perfect for those of us trying to get a little healthy in the upcoming New Year. It's over.  Christmas is over.  I definitely have the post holiday blues, all the planning and decorating is irrelevant now.  All the gifts have been given and unwrapped and played with or worn.  It's hard to believe how fast it went by.  Now … [Read more...]

Chicken and Butternut Noodle Soup (And a trip to the ALDI Test Kitchen)

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A low-carb option to help keep things a little healthier during the holiday season. Butternut squash noodles replace traditional noodles in this fall spiced chicken soup. Hearty and filling, a new kind of comfort food. Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by ALDI markets. However, all opinions and statements are my own. If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you already had a little peek into what I learned on my trip to the ALDI test kitchen in Chicago. It was a whirlwind trip to … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Chicken Stock

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The secret to a well-"stocked" kitchen....homemade Chicken Stock. Up your cooking game with a supply of this easy, tasty, golden chicken stock and boost the flavor of all your home cooked meals. You'll never buy store stock again. This is the one ingredient I can't ever get enough of.  Every soup, stew or sauce that calls for chicken stock starts with this recipe.  I "stock"pile it.  I try my best to always have it available but occasionally, I'll have to use that stuff in a box.  It just … [Read more...]

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...]