Monday, October 01, 2007

Yes, I occasionally cook...

Last weekend I got inspired and wanted to try some new recipes. The funny thing is that both came from "Southern" magazines (yes...magazines...again!). I made Southern Living magazine's Corn-and-Crab* Chowder with Southern Lady's homemade Garlic Cheddar Muffins. Oh my, they were yummy and so nice for an early fall dinner.

*The Corn-and-Crab Chowder gave the option of using a pound of peeled and cooked shrimp instead of the crab meat and that is what I opted for (which was about a $12 difference in the cost of the meal).

I am, admittedly not a gourmet, but this meal turned out so good! It is definitely a "company meal"!

Garlic Cheddar Muffins

* from September/October 2007 Southern Lady magazine, page 70

makes 12

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
¼ Cup Butter
¼ Cup Chopped Fresh Chives
1-½ teaspoons Minced Garlic
2 Cups Baking Mix
1 Cup Grated Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder
¼ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1 Cup Buttermilk

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan with olive oil.

  • In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add chives and garlic, and cook for 2 minutes; remove from heat and set aside

  • In a medium bowl, combine baking mix, cheese, garlic powder, and pepper. In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk and butter mixture. Add buttermilk mixture to baking mixture, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. Let batter stand for 5 minutes.

  • Evenly spoon batter into prepared muffin pan. Bake for 30 minutes, until golden brown. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing.

NOTE: I brushed on a bit of melted butter mixed with garlic before serving.

Corn-and-Crab Chowder

*from October 2007 Southern Living, page 102

6 Bacon Slices
2 Celery Ribs, Diced
1 Medium-size Green Bell Pepper, Diced
1 Medium Onion, Diced
1 JalapeƱo Pepper, Seeded and Diced
1 (32 oz) Container Chicken Broth
3 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
3 Cups Fresh Corn Kernels (6 ears)
1 lb. Fresh Lump Crab Meat, Drained and Picked***
1 Cup Whipping Cream
¼ Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro
½ Teaspoon Salt
¼ Teaspoon Pepper
Oyster Crackers
Garnish: Chopped Fresh Cilantro

  • Cook bacon in Dutch oven over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 Tbsp. drippings in Dutch Oven. Crumble bacon and set aside.

  • Saute' celery and next 3 ingredients in hot drippings 5 to 6 minutes or until tender.

  • Whisk together broth and flour until smooth. Add to celery mixture. Stir in corn. Bring to boil; reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Gently stir in crab meat (or shrimp) and next 4 ingredients; cook 4 to 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

  • Serve warm with crumbled bacon and oyster crackers. Garnish, if desired.

***1 lb. peeled cooked shrimp or chopped cooked chicken may be substituted.


Brenda said...

Oh my gosh looks great and I love both magazines. Can't go wrong with anything Southern lol.

Happy Homemaker said...

Wow! You GO gourmet girl!

Southern Sugar said...

i'm drooling just reading it. i will definately be trying these recipes. thank so much for sharing

Steph said...

I had looked at that chowder recipe and thought I might want to try it, now I definately will!

hello sunshine! said...

Oh my gosh. Now I'm craving cheddar biscuits!!

Cathy said...

Belle-ah your meal looks delicious! I love clam chowder! I will for sure try the chowder. I make cheddar biscuits, I've never tried the muffins.

Jenn said...

What time is dinner?

Belle in Bloom said...

Corn-and-Crab chowder was the first recipe I tried out of my Southern Living this month. I also opted for the shrimp. My guys LOVE shrimp. It was so good, I'll be making it a lot this fall and winter. My setting wasn't nearly as beautiful as yours, though!

Sandy said...

Oh YUM! At least you make the recipies. I get all the magazines and read them, put them in a basket and forget about them ~ then wonder "what can I make for dinner tonight?" Should pull some of my favorites - souther lady, southern living, and taste of home out and make a menu!
Have a great day.

Meg said...

These both sound delightful. You are inspiring me to try my hand at this. Thank you!!

Beaufort Belle said...

Looks and sounds yummy to me.

I just gave you an award...hop on over and check it out.

justabeachkat said...'ve got my mouth watering!


Linda said...

Sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the receipes.

CBM said...

Sounds delicious, Bell-ah!
By the way, congrats to you on your new job, as well! And happy shopping for some new work clothes!

Elle said...

Sounds very yummy. My dh would love that meal- I might try it soon. I am going to make those biscuits for a meal I'm taking to a friend's family this weekend. Too many wee little kids in their family though for the chowder, I think. Thanks for sharing it.

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

Don't you just love Southern Living's recipes (among other things?) I try at least once recipe from nearly every issue.

Catherine said...

Sounds delicious!! Especially the Garlic Cheddar muffins..YUM YUM!!

Southern Heart said...

The recipes sound wonderful...I can't wait to try the muffins. I may make some for my mother this week. She and I both love "Southern Lady".

Fun post!

Southern Cupcake said...

I am not a seafood kind of gal (I know, I know), but the cheddar muffins sound delicious!

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Yum yum HOLY YUM! These sound fabulous.

For some reason fall makes me want to cook. I am a big Southern Living fan and I love to check out their recipes!

Thanks for sharing. :)