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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

“Cream of” Asparagus Soup

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Sometimes I think getting older stinks.  Now, don't get me wrong....I love my life, I'm happier than ever and, since my mid-30's, I've never felt more comfortable with who I am.  But then, you know....everything in life has to balance out. Lately I've noticed some signs of aging....puffy eyes, wrinkles, a little less than firm skin.  If you've reached middle age you know what I'm talking about.  And there's that balance....happiness and confidence combined with a mad dash for any beauty … [Read more...]

Tuesday’s Tip: Single Serve Sauces for a Quick Meal

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Save and freeze leftover sauces or soups in ice cube trays or muffin tins. They can then be reheated and served over rice, vegetables or pasta for a quick single serve lunch or dinner! Photo source: The Food Network … [Read more...]