Recipe: Veggie Chowder

2 cups cubed, peeled potatoes

2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 cup chopped carrots

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 can (14.75 oz) cream-style corn

1 can (12 oz) fat-free evaporated milk

3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

1/4 tsp pepper

2 Tbsp bacon bits


In a large saucepan, combine the potatoes, broth, carrots and onion; Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat, simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Add the corn, milk, cheese, mushrooms and pepper; cook and stir 4-6 minutes longer or until soup is heated through. Sprinkle with bacon bits.

Start to finish 30 minutes. Makes 6 servings.


Whoa, is it cold out! I can only remember one other time that the governor called off school because of cold weather. But, for Jan. 6, he had called it off already the end of the past week in anticipation of Monday’s expected frigid weather – I think that is a first. To help all of you survive this cold front, I am going to share with you the soup Chuck made and some tips on things we are doing or planning on doing while we are hibernating.

Things to do while hibernating:

–Peruse cookbooks and try a new recipe.

–Clean out stacks of mail or unattended paperwork.

–Prepare your 2013 tax statements.

–Do a craft hobby, scrapbooking, knitting or crocheting project.

–Cuddle your child or grandchild.

–Let the kids make a blanket fort or entertain you with a kitchen pan band.

–Read the book that you have been waiting to read.

–Clean out files on the computer.

–Watch a movie you love or one you want to see.

Enjoy every day; it is a gift!