Monday, October 1, 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.


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

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

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

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

  9. Looks and sounds yummy to me.

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

  10.'ve got my mouth watering!


  11. Sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the receipes.

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

  13. 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.

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

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

  16. 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!

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

  18. 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. :)


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