Fried Corn Chowder & Crack Crescents

  I am always looking for new soup recipes to try.  This Corn Chowder uses fresh off the cob corn, or for us, freezer corn from the summer we helped put it up at Dale’s Grandparents farm.  I bet you could use any corn, just make sure you fry it up nice and golden brown, its key in the flavors of this hearty chowder!

Fried Corn Chowder

Adapted from a Tasty Kitchen recipe by Prana & Pie

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups of corn {I used fresh frozen}
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion, Diced
  • 3 Carrots, Peeled And Diced
  • 2 Celery Stalk, Diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 tsp. Thyme
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • ½ cup White Wine or Apple Juice
  • 4 cups Vegetable Stock
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 3 Red Potatoes, Diced
  • Pinch of Parsley
  • Generous amounts of sea salt, cracked pepper and garlic powder
  • 6 pieces of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Shredded cheese for garnish

  Heat the butter and olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add corn and pan fry until nice and golden brown.  Then add the onion, carrots and celery and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme and cook for a minute longer. Add the flour and stir to coat everything well, cooking for about a minute, until the flour begins to brown. Add the apple juice and simmer a minute longer. Pour in the vegetable stock and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add the potatoes, and cover, cooking for about 10 minutes, until the potatoes begin to break down. Simmer with the lid off, about 10 to 12 minutes longer.

With an immersion blender leaving the soup blended, but still chunky.  Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with shredded cheese and bacon crumbles.

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   So apparently these recipes called “Crack (something or other)” are a foodie trend referring to Cheddar, Bacon and Ranch…remember when I shared Cheddar Bacon Ranch Dip aka Crack Dip?  Mmmm!

  Well, this is the BREAD version.  It is MIGHTY tasty, and pairs perfectly with the above soup!   🙂

Crack Crescents

From the Rhodes Rolls site

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Ingredients

  • 12 whole Rhodes Dinner Rolls {white Or Wheat}
  • 2 T. butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons Hidden Valley Ranch Mix
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheese
  • 6 pieces Of Cooked And Crumbled Bacon

Set out 12 Rhodes Rolls to thaw and rise, cover with sprayed saran wrap.
3-5 hours later, or when rolls are doubled in size, combine 6 rolls and work into a 10 inch circle.
Do the same with the other 6.
Brush each circle with butter, then sprinkle with 1/2 cup of shredded cheese, bacon and 1 tsp of Ranch Dressing mix.
Using a pizza cutter, cut each circle into 8 wedges.
Roll in crescent shape and place on a sprayed cookie sheet, point side down.
Cover with sprayed saran wrap and let rise about 45 minutes, or until double in size.
Remove plastic wrap and bake for 15 minutes at 350*.

Enjoy!

~T

Vanilla Spice Egg Nog Pound Cake

OH MY GOODNESS, is this cake ever moist and delicious!  You are going to love it.  It could almost pass as a breakfast cake, and I think it’d be fantastic for Christmas morning, with this Overnight Sausage & Egg Casserole !!!!

Vanilla Spice Egg Nog Pound Cake

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Ingredients

  • 1 package Golden Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 4 ounces, weight Instant White Chocolate Pudding Mix
  • ¾ cups Vanilla Spice Egg Nog
  • ¾ cups Oil
  • 4 whole Eggs
  • ½ teaspoons Nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350*. In mixing bowl, combine cake mix powder with pudding mix, egg nog and oil. Beat at low speed until combined. Add eggs and nutmeg and beat thoroughly.
Pour into a greased and floured bundt pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes, then invert. Cool completely before serving.

Mmm, you will not believe how moist and AMAZING this cake is!

‘Tis the season for EGG NOG!

~T

4 little Ferguson’s Favorite Holiday Treats

This is post 2 for today, be sure to go back a post and check out Cinnamon Cider.

I am excited to start my Holiday Baking!  We give away plates of treats to family, friends and to the hostess of Christmas functions we attend.

I have several new recipes picked out to try, but those aren’t ready to be made, approved, photographed and shared yet.  So, instead I’ll share some of our favorite treats from Christmas past!

Just follow the links below.

Holiday recipes

Rolo Candy Pretzels

Easy Toffee Bars

Puppy Chow Cookies

White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

Christmas Kisses

Spiced Crackers

Happy Baking!

~T

Cinnamon Cider

This recipe is so simple, it almost doesn’t count as a recipe!!!!  It will make your house smell AMAZING.

In fact, if Christmas were a smell, this would be IT………well, with a little pine mixed in. 😉

Cinnamon Cider

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Cinnamon Cider

  • 1 gallon Apple Juice Or Apple Cider
  • 14 ounces, weight Cinnamon Imperials

In a crock pot set to low, pour in 1 gallon apple juice or cider and the entire bag of cinnamon candy. Heat for 4 hours, stirring once at the 2 hour mark and again before serving and turn to warm.

Simple and delicious! 

  Looking for other Holiday Recipes?  Head to post 2 for today.

~T

 

It’s Beginning To Look A lot Like Christmas….

  The Ferguson household is looking Christmas-y and festive.  It’s hysterical, I decorate almost exactly the same every year, and every year, I HAVE to take pictures. I can’t help myself!  🙂

  If you’ve been following 4 little Ferguson’s since its beginnings in 2010, you know that we Saran Wrap our main tree and store it decorated, glass balls and all.  I decorate it the same every year, so it is a real time saver to do it this way. We just haul it out to the shed until next year.  It’s a bit dusty, but it takes no time at all to fluff and dust it back to its former glory.

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There are plenty of other decorations to put out, so the kids, Dale and I still have a great time decking the halls so to speak.  🙂

Kitchen tree:

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My sweet friend and blog reader, Mary, sent me a couple of Christmas Banners last year and I absolutely love them!

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Kids rooms and playroom:

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boys tree

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Main room:

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There is nothing I love more, than being curled up out by the fireplace and Christmas tree at night when the house is dark and still…….

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All is calm, all is bright….

~T