Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Eats and a Rant

Well, Hallelujah, I made the pizza.

Those poor artichokes were starting to think their days were numbered.

It was very, very good.

I just love artichoke hearts, don't you?

You're not allowed to answer that unless you have actually tried them before.

And this had better not turn into another Beet Ordeal, or I'll have to personally hitch up my buggy and drive around to each and every one of your homes until you adequately impress upon me that you really, really don't like them.

Every person has to take just one bite. That's the rule around here.

Then again, you don't come here to be force-fed obscure vegetation now, do you?


Here's something we can surely all agree on...

Swoony Corn and Potato Chowder.

It's from Country Home magazine, R.I.P.

I tried to Google the recipe, but it seems it was hauled away in the very same cardboard box that still contains a sliver of my heart and soul.

I miss my magazines.

And I wonder, why didn't CH make it?

Truth be told, I have a hunch. It seemed to me that in their sunset years, they took on a certain air of pretension. They started to seem a bit upscale, to me. A bit stuffy. I'm of the opinion that anything with the word "country" in its title should be relatable to us common folk. (Except for maybe "country club", but what on earth would I know about that?)

I almost wrote them a letter about it. And maybe if I had....

Well, shoulda woulda coulda.

I suppose all we can do now is look forward and hope for the birth of some new glossies that feature regular homes, not just "weekend cottages".

While we wait, let's have dessert.

I present to you: Lemon Lush.

It's a total cheater dessert. You know the ones...they have ingredients like instant lemon pudding and Cool Whip. It's an old family recipe for me, but I found a link that comes pretty close. (I use 6 T of butter for the crust (cut butter into flour then add nuts), an extra half-cup of powdered sugar in the filling and topped mine with more nuts.)

If you like lemon as much as I do, you'll love this.

If not, well, you'd probably be wise at this point to just keep such information to yourself.

Swoony Corn and Potato Chowder
1 cup chopped celery (2 stalks)
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 a cup)
1 T olive oil
1/4 to 1/2 cup cooked, chopped bacon, if you have it on hand
2 regular sized cans whole-kernel corn, drained
2 regular sized cans creamed corn
4 cups 2% milk
2 regular sized cans chicken broth
1 cup whipping cream
3-4 dashes bottled hot sauce
4 cups cubed, skinned potatoes (I love Yukon Golds)
2-3 carrots, peeled and sliced into thinnish discs
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup flour
salt and pepper to taste

Cook onion and celery in heated olive oil until veggies are softened. Add cooked bacon toward the end. (You could also omit the oil and cook the veggies along with the raw bacon, but I avoid cooking bacon at all costs and I can buy it inexpensively and pre-cooked at Grandma's Pantry. Not trying to brag here, but Amish country does have its perks.)

Add both kinds of corn, milk, broth, cream and hot sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered for about 30 minutes.

Add potatoes and carrots. Return to a boil, reduce hit and simmer again, covered, for 15 minutes more, or until carrots and potatoes are softened.

In a small bowl, mix softened butter and flour, until smooth. Add flour mixture to soup. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly, then cook another minute or so. Season with salt and pepper. (I usually leave my soup on "low" until we're ready to eat.)


  1. Huh? Country Living? Do you mean Country Magazine or Cottage Living??? This is the first I've heard about it and don't see anything on their website about biting the dust. hmmm....

    In other news...I love artichoke hearts. Are you happy? That pizza looks quite yummy. I will not, however, try your corn chowder if it has pork in it. Pigs are smarter than dogs.

    : )

    Julie M.

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  3. Oh no...has Country Living gone under? I didn't know! I knew Country Home and just about every other magazine I subscribed to had, but not that one. And, yes, I'm in wholehearted agreement about the artichoke hearts. Delectable. I even like to eat them just on their own. All your food looks yummy. I made stew and cornbread tonight which was big for me.

  4. The food looks just scrumptous, but it's the photo of Ruby that places the icing on the cake :) It's all in the eyes!
    ~Heather C.

  5. I'm with the other are freaking me out. Did another one bite the dust? Say it ain't so....

  6. Sorry! This is what happens when I type without thinking. I meant to say Country Home. Thanks for the red alert! I hope your collective blood pressure returns to the normal range momentarily.. :)

  7. I so miss Country Home. Hands down it was my favorite magazine of all time. The Lemon Lush looks fantastic...can't wait to give it a whirl! ~mary~

  8. Ahh, I feel much better now.

    P.S. I love artichoke hearts. Let's be friends!

  9. That pizza looks Yummy! Love, love, love the last pic. So darn cute!

  10. I love artichokes! I love swooney corn and potato chowder. I love lemon. I am coming to your house for dinner! You are a great chef! everything looks fantastico! Your little one is soo happy and her tummy is full! Rice brown, white, wild, etc always needs to be rinsed, also cook until water evaporates turn off stove.. then cover and let steam finish cooking the rice. then fluff..we should talk shop about cooking sometime..lulu

  11. I love artichokes and want that pizza now!!! Everything looks delicious, now I am hungry again. I better go try and find some dessert:)

  12. Ok, I'm still up...I've no idea why..ok, yes I do. Glenco was watching a movie with Colin Firth. Me like.
    Me like artichokes too, and yes Shannan, I've eaten them!
    I love lemons too.
    And bees.
    And sleep.

  13. One of my favorite snacks in pickled beets and I use artichokes in several recipes. I am going to have to try the pizza now it looks so good. Thanks!

    Sami G

  14. I knew you meant Country Home. And I love beets. And your pictures of food are killing me but not as much as Ruby's pic!

  15. artichokes?!? you're talking my language :)

  16. Girl, you are one mean cook. Your meals make mine look so boring. Keep the ideas coming.

  17. I miss CH.
    Love artichokes!

    And the lemon dessert... yep---- one of our family desserts. Can't have a family celebration/holiday without it. My Mom has been making it for years. Love it.
    Lemon makes me happy!

  18. mmm, there used to be a pizza place close by my first roommate & I loved the artichoke and sun-dried tomatoe with white sauce pizza.

  19. Yes, RIP Country Home. Thankfully I am such a pack rat I still have all of my back issues.

  20. Yum! That pizza looks great! Do you happen to have any recipes for pasta salad w/artichokes? There was a wonderful Italian place in Longview, Texas that has the BEST pasta salad and it was full of artichokes! I'm on the hunt . . . .

  21. We bobolie'd last night. It was tasty and naturally one kid complained the other just gagged herself and threw up on the table. Awesome.
    Arti Hearts I heart too. Who in goodness sakes doesn't eat beets and arti hearts? You have some strange ones following you sister.

  22. Oh my goodness...the pizza and lemon dessert in one post! Which one to make first? And LOVED the last picture of your kiddo.

  23. First:
    I would eat just about anything you made for me to eat. I like the way your food looks BUT I would eat just about anything ANYONE else made for me to eat if it meant I didnt have to cook! ;)
    That girl you have is just WAY too cute for her own good. That is one of the sweetest pics I have seen. EVER!
    Love ya!

  24. I am in dire need of the recipe for the lemon lush. I love most things lemon, in any form. Also, I TOTALLY MISS Country Home magazine. I am lost without it, but still get the emails ( think. They once a month spurt out some useful ideas in the form of an email. It's not the same, though. I used to tear out pages and pages from my Country Home and put them in my idea binder.
    Still lovin' your posts. Keep it up!

  25. Call me crazy:I love beats,artichokes and goat cheese, your eats look good to me,delish,I too was privy to the magazine,Country Home.My hubs hates all my magazines(alot of magazines)but I can't bear to throw or give away.

  26. I love artichoke (my hubbie's people are Italian...say no more?) I read on a blog somewhere that the former editors of Country Home are working on a new mag. with the old Country Home flair... to be released in 2010! Don't know, could be hearsay but it makes me hopeful.

  27. I like artichokes! Yay! Can we play again now? Jeez. What's with that picture of the little miss? Can she even take a bad picture? Does she have to be so completely adorable and photogenic? How is that supposed to make us regular folks with regular kids feel?

    Will you pretty please with sugar on top make me that lemon dessert when I come to visit? My mouth is puckering just thinking about it.

  28. Well, I love warm artichoke dip so I think it's pretty safe to say I would like it on pizza too. I also love that pic, what a cutie patootie!


  29. #1 - L*O*V*E beets, AND artichokes! In fact, last night we had PW's meatballs, but with a brown gravy and rice, and hubby had green beans (wouldn't touch an artichoke with a 10 foot pole) and Mama and I had the frozen artichoke hearts sautee'd in olive oil and garlic, salt and pepper, a bit of white wine, and then finished off with a tad of butter. So delicious!

    #2 - I'm with you on your theory about CH magazine, they did get kind of uppity in their ways toward the end.

    #3 - If you locate that chowder recipe, I'd love to have a copy!

    #4 - Have a great day!!!

    Blessings, Becky G. in GA

  30. That pizza and lemon dessert...YUM! you just made me so hungry in the morning for artichoke pizza and lemon dessert because I LOVE them both so much...they look soooo yummy!!!!

    Super cute picture too of your precious girl:)

  31. what a cute and fun post! I LOVE artichokes! But my husband thinks that pizza is only supposed to have pepperoni on it or canadian bacon and pineapple. (yawn) boring!

    I miss my country home and cottage living! Thankfully I still have my coastal living. I would LOVE to get my hands on a copy of Country Style from Australia but they don't sell it here. I agree about country~ It should never be to expensive! :)

  32. It all looks so, so good!! The Lemon Lush....Mmmmmmm.
    Having a visit over from Lissa's...I enjoy reading your blog!!


  33. That pizza looks ah-ma-zing I love artichokes!!!

  34. I am sooooo hungry now. That pizza sounds divine!

  35. They all look Yummy!!! I asm a big BIG fan of artichokes. I am a beet lover too. Mmmm love it all pretty much. I made honey pecan chicken last night... it was a new try for me, it actually was pretty darn good!
    P.S. Love the way you capture a picture :)

  36. Every time I buy artichoke hearts for a recipe I end up eating them right out of the jar. The one time I didn't and they made it into the dish, my husband was all "What are these things???" So I plucked them off his plate and ate them, too.

    Good call.

  37. Artichokes are much much better than beets my friend -- but lemons are even better. Yum!

  38. I miss Country Home, along with other magazines that disappeared. But I wanted to share a magazine I recently found... it's called life:beautiful. I just love it. Have you heard of it? Recipes, design, style and articles about Christian living. Go check it out.


  39. Yummmy!

    Poor Country Home, I miss it too.

  40. ahh the soup, it looks yummie! and well that last picture, so CUTE!

  41. that pizza looks divine! why didn't i stock up on artichokes before we became snowed in????

  42. Artichokes - 1. Beets - 0!!!

    Also, I have a neighbor's tree which I regularly pilfer for fresh lemons. Wish I could send you some.

    Cute pic of your daughter. Love that face. :-)


  43. I agree with you about Country Home - it did get a little stuffy there at the end! Country Living is my fav! Now, stop making such yummy food, or I will have to move my family on to the farm with you!

  44. All looks truly delectable and delicious! I love your sense of humor.

  45. Ditto, ditto, and ditto. What's left to be said when you're this far down the comment line. Miss CH, love artichokes, my fam makes the lush with chocolate pudding but lemon would be fab, and I think the picture of miss Ruby is absolutely, ridiculously adorable.

  46. back in the early days when i met troy, we had some discussion about food & i'll never forget he said there were only 2 foods he wouldn't eat and 1 of them was artichoke hearts. isn't that weird?

    i can't remember what the other one was. i'm not sure i've ever seen him officially turn a food down?!

    well, i've never had one, but i tried the whole pomegranate thing and i was reeeally hoping that one would go better than it did:(

    the chowder looks supreme though. i need that recipe!

    and the pic of ruby...that's a keeper!

  47. I miss my mags too. Sigh.
    And I think it's been a couple days since I told you that you have the cutest kids in the world.
    That last picture of Ruby is just darling.

  48. Lemon Lush is the BEST! now you've got me craving it - gonna have to buy lemon pudding and cool whip this week...

  49. mary from michiganJanuary 24, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    I miss Country Home, too. But, you're right, it became much too pretentious. Country Living is going down the same road. There isn't much country left; they crack me up when they start preaching the environmental gospel to us from their skyscrapers in New York. PC too much for me, I'll not renew my subscription. The Farmhouse Country Style Blog ( ) has a recent post on this issue (Where in the world has the country gone?) and you should see all the comments she got. Hope country magazine editors are listening better than the Democrat Party seems to be, LOL! The potato/corn chowder looks yummy... think I'll try some tonight!

  50. I LOVE potato corn chowder! I just found this recipe and my family loved it... BTW your children are really precious. My husband would love to live our in your "one room farmhouse".

  51. I've sort of been on a soup kick and I love lemon anything. Thanks for the post! I'm going to give it a go!

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