We had our first significant snow last night (about 4 1/2 inches). This was the first time that it was actually necessary to shovel the driveway before pulling out. Driving down our street was an adventure! It doesn't get plowed because it's a dead end. Good thing I have an SUV! It would have been so nice to have a snow day, but, unfortunately, I think we would have to get over a foot of snow for that to happen. I do prefer driving on snow to driving on ice, though. The hardest part was just that I couldn't see the dividing lines on the road, so I had no idea if I was in my lane or not.
For those of you who hear about all of the horrible weather in Chicago, I want you to know that our weather is not normally that severe. Chicago gets A LOT more snow because it is on the lake. And it is generally 10-15 degrees colder there. (Although, our high tomorrow is -1, with a wind chill of -25). Yikes!
Mushroom Corn Chowder
Adapted from Taste of Home
Serves: 4 (as main dish)
1-2 cups sliced white mushrooms1 cup diced celery
1 1/2 cup frozen corn2-3 green onions, chopped (optional)
1/2 stick butter or margarine1 can cream of mushroom soup (I like to use the low-fat, reduced-sodium kind, and it still tastes great.)
1 soup can milk1/2 cup cubed ham (optional) Darby thinks every soup should contain meat, so this ingredient is not optional for us!
4 oz. Velveeta, cubedSalt and pepper, to taste
Note: I don't ever measure vegetables. Just throw in whatever amount looks good to you or whatever you have on hand. I like my soups chunky, so if you prefer a more "brothy" soup, use less.
Now, if you're like me, you can't have soup without bread. It's a crime. But, since I work, I don't usually have time to make bread on weeknights. And I'm trying to get away from buying loaves of bread at the store because they're usually too big for two people, and I forget to freeze the leftovers and end up throwing it all out. What's a bread-lover to do? Enter my friend and fabulous chef Kalyn with a perfect quick, homemade bread solution. She made these little rolls for us when we went to visit, and I looked up a similar recipe online. They take no time at all and are really, really good!
Mayonnaise Muffins (sounds gross, but you can't taste the mayonnaise)1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk2 tbsp. mayonnaise
Stir together dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and stir just until combined. Spoon into 6 greased muffin cups. Bake at 425 degrees 10-12 minutes. The rolls are little, so this amount is perfect for 2-3 people. It can easily be doubled to feed more.