Southern Bite http://southernbite.com Stacey Little's Southern Food & Recipe Blog Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:13:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Praline Toppinghttp://southernbite.com/2014/11/19/sweet-potato-casserole-pecan-praline-topping/ http://southernbite.com/2014/11/19/sweet-potato-casserole-pecan-praline-topping/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:29:26 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=6843 This year, I have SO much to be thankful for.  Not only have you guys made The Southern Bite Cookbook a #1 bestseller on Amazon, but I’ve had the opportunity to appear on The Today,…read more »

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Praline Topping

This year, I have SO much to be thankful for.  Not only have you guys made The Southern Bite Cookbook a #1 bestseller on Amazon, but I’ve had the opportunity to appear on The Today, Show, Fox and Friends, and in numerous magazines and newspapers across the country.  I’ve been able to participate in books singing throughout the South where I was able to hug so many necks and meet so many of y’all.  And while all of this is absolutely amazing, it’s not anything I set out to do.  I never set out to write a book.  Heck, I never even thought of myself as much of a writer.   But, the Good Lord put a path in front of me so, with Him as my guide, I just headed right down that road – and boy has the adventure been amazing.  None of this would have ever been possible without the amazing support from y’all.  You helped make this happen.  To each and every one of you who spent your undoubtedly hard-earned money on something I wrote, I thank you immensely.  With a busy family with lots of expenses, I know how tough it is to set aside money for something that at times might seem frivolous.  And it’s certainly not about making money – trust me, folks don’t get rich writing books these days.  It’s about your support.  When I was offered the opportunity to write this book, I just couldn’t fathom how anybody would spend their money on something that I had written.  But y’all have proven me wrong.  I just hope that you can feel all the love that went into that book.  There is so much of my heart in soul in it and I’m just so grateful to y’all for putting a copy of it in your home and to the folks at Thomas Nelson for giving me the opportunity.

Yep, it’s been an amazing year… and I can’t thank y’all enough for it!

I’m so excited to be able to share this delicious recipe.  This one of those things that is an absolute must on our Thanksgiving table (or anytime of the year, really).  This is my mother’s recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Praline Topping.  She’s been making it just like this for as long as I can remember.  On occasion, she’ll even add some miniature marshmallows and put it under the broiler until they are golden and toasted.

This recipe is one of the exclusive recipes from The Southern Bite Cookbook.  Several of you mentioned trouble getting your hands on a signed copy from the site and I’m happy to say that we have more in stock now.  You can give that special cook on your Christmas list a signed copy – I’ll even be happy to personalize it!  See all the details here.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Praline Topping

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: About 8 servings

Ingredients

    FOR THE SWEET POTATOES:
  • 3 pounds medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 ounces evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • FOR THE TOPPING:
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 1 1/2-quart baking dish.

Peel and slice the potatoes, place them in a medium saucepan, and just cover them with water. Cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until fork-tender.

Drain the potatoes, and pour them into a large mixing bowl. Mash them well with a potato masher or a hand mixer. Add the sugar, vanilla, eggs, evaporated milk, and butter, and mix very well. Pour the mixture into the baking dish.

Combine the brown sugar, flour, butter, and pecans in a medium bowl. Spoon the mixture over the potatoes. Bake 30 to 40 minutes.

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Pimento Mac and Cheese Squareshttp://southernbite.com/2014/11/17/pimento-mac-cheese-squares/ http://southernbite.com/2014/11/17/pimento-mac-cheese-squares/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:51:15 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=6837 With Thanksgiving just over a week away, we’ll be offered an opportunity to stop and reflect on all the things the we each have to be grateful for.  Families with gather around the table and…read more »

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Pimento Mac and Cheese Squares

With Thanksgiving just over a week away, we’ll be offered an opportunity to stop and reflect on all the things the we each have to be grateful for.  Families with gather around the table and share in the tradition of each person telling something they are grateful for.  Big things usually top the list – family, health, etc.  But this year, I’m encouraging you to think a bit deeper about those things.  Obviously, we all should be thankful for those, but there are lots of other things we need to be thankful for as well – things you may not have ever thought about.

This year, I want you to be thankful for the crazy crowds at the grocery store.  Just being in that store means you were able to afford to provide your family with a thanksgiving meal no matter the size or grandeur.  You should be thankful for the terrible traffic on the way to visit family.  It means you have the opportunity to safely transport your family to visit loved ones.  I want you to be thankful for HAVING to spend time with your extended family.  While many, quite often, view this as an unpleasant chore, there will be many empty places at Thanksgiving tables this year with the others at that very table longing for it to be filled.   And last, but not least, I want you to be thankful for all those dirty dishes.  They are proof that you were able to share in a delicious meal and quality time with your family.  It so easy to get caught up in the negative things around this time of year, but a slight shift in perspective might show you that those things are just as important because of what they mean.  Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

Pimento Mac and Cheese Squares

These super easy and delicious Pimento Mac and Cheese Squares are a fun way to put a little something different on the table this year.  It’s got all the great flavor of baked macaroni and cheese and the pimento just gives it a little kick of flavor that puts it over the top.  And if “squares” aren’t your thing, this dish will spoon out just like baked mac and cheese if you choose to serve it that way.  Enjoy!

Pimento Mac and Cheese Squares

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 9 squares

Ingredients

  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 2 chicken bullion cubes, crushed
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (8-ounce) package shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pimento, drained

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Lightly spray an 8x8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Cook the macaroni to just al dente then drain.

In a medium bowl, crush the bullion cubes with a fork or between two spoons. Add the milk and eggs and whisk until well combined. Set aside 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese for the topping. Stir in the remaining cheese, pimento, and drained macaroni and stir until well combined. Pour into the prepared baking dish and top with the reserved cheese. Baked uncovered for 25 to 30 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and the middle is set. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before slicing into squares. Serve immediately.

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Sweet Potato Cobblerhttp://southernbite.com/2014/11/12/sweet-potato-cobbler/ http://southernbite.com/2014/11/12/sweet-potato-cobbler/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:57:20 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=6806 Sweet Potato Cobbler is a new favorite at our house.  Most of the more traditional recipes call for a dough more like a pie crust and while it is delicious, I wanted something that didn’t…read more »

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Sweet Potato Cobbler

Sweet Potato Cobbler is a new favorite at our house.  Most of the more traditional recipes call for a dough more like a pie crust and while it is delicious, I wanted something that didn’t require you to have to roll out dough – I just don’t always have time for that.  My recipes uses a less fussy dough that you simply crumble over the potatoes.   Of course, it also uses that amazing White Lily flour that you know I love.   It’s the perfect blend of the gooeyness of cobbler with a little crunch of a crisp and is for your Thanksgiving table.  It works great as a side (you know us Southerners and our sweet sides) or as a delicious dessert.

Sweet Potato Cobbler

One thing that I want to bring your attention to is about measuring flour.  Lots of folks don’t realize that even a slight difference in the flour measurement can greatly affect the outcome of a dish.  This is especially the case when you’re making doughs.  So, here’s the way that I (and the folks at White Lily) recommend that you measure flour.  Start by spooning flour into the measuring cup.  Also, be sure you’re using a dry measure cup rather than a wet measure.  Did you know there was a difference?  Well, there is!  This site does a great job explaining it!  So… spoon the flour into the cup gently.  Don’t pack it.  (Note: this recipe calls for self-rising flour, but my little man is showing you all-purpose, so don’t get confused.)

Spooning Flour

Then use the straight edge of a butter knife to level off the cup – my awesome little sous chef shows you just how…  leveling flour

It may not seem like a big deal, but it can really have a big effect on the end product, so make sure you’re doing it right.  It might take a few more minutes, but it’s like that old “measure twice, cut once” adage.

Just for reference, when you finish with the dough in this recipe, this is what it should look like.  It should be crumbly and slightly sticky.  Cobbler Dough

Sweet Potato Cobbler

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: About 8 servings

Sweet Potato Cobbler

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • For the dough:
  • 1 1/2 cups all White Lily Self-Rising Flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar (plus 2 tablespoons for the topping)
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Peel, half, and slice the sweet potatoes into about 1/4 half circles. Place the potatoes in a medium sauce pan and add the water. Stir in the sugar, cinnamon and ginger. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook uncovered until the potatoes are still firm but tender - about 10 to 12 minutes. Do not drain.

In another bowl, make the dough by mixing the flour, cinnamon, and brown sugar together. Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two large dinner forks. (Don't stress over this - just do the best you can.) Slowly pour the milk into the flour mixture while stirring. Stir until the mixture is combined. The dough will be crumbly and slightly sticky. (see the photo)

Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Crumble about 1/3 of the dough into the bottom of the baking dish. Remove the potatoes from the pan with a slotted spoon and place them evenly in the baking dish. Measure 1 cup of the cooking liquid and pour it over the potatoes. Crumble the remaining dough over the potatoes and sprinkle the top with about 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Bake for about 40 minutes or until golden brown and the dough is cooked through. Allow to rest for about 10 minutes for the sauce to thicken before serving.

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One Day Sale – Get The Southern Bite Cookbook for only 99 cents!http://southernbite.com/2014/11/06/one-day-sale-get-southern-bite-cookbook-99-cents/ http://southernbite.com/2014/11/06/one-day-sale-get-southern-bite-cookbook-99-cents/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 21:59:26 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=6792 Thanks to the folks at BookBub and Thomas Nelson, you can get a digital copy of The Southern Bite Cookbook for only 99 cents!  That’s right!  Only 99 cents!  Not only that, but when you…read more »

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BOGOimageThanks to the folks at BookBub and Thomas Nelson, you can get a digital copy of The Southern Bite Cookbook for only 99 cents!  That’s right!  Only 99 cents!  Not only that, but when you forward your proof of purchase to SouthernBiteCookbook@gmail.com, the amazing folks at Thomas Nelson will send you a free digital copy of their new novel, In the Heart of the Dark Wood by Billy Coffey!

Even if you already have a hard copy of the book, a digital copy will allow you to have it with you at anytime.  Plus on Amazon, you can send ebooks as gifts!  So send one to all your friends and family!  It’s a great way to get some Christmas shopping done, too – and no one will know you only paid 99 cents!  :)

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To claim your free copy of In the Heart of the Dark Wood, simply forward your receipt from purchasing my ebook to SouthernBiteCookbook@gmail.com and they will reply with the details on how to claim it.  Super easy stuff!

Check back often and I’ll be updating this page with more details!

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Sicilian Chicken with McCormick Skillet Sauceshttp://southernbite.com/2014/10/30/sicilian-chicken-mccormick-skillet-sauces/ http://southernbite.com/2014/10/30/sicilian-chicken-mccormick-skillet-sauces/#respond Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:03:50 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=6767 Y’all know I’m always on the lookout for inexpensive ways to get a home-cooked meal on the table for my family.  So, when I was in Walmart last week, I saw these new McCormick Skillet…read more »

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Y’all know I’m always on the lookout for inexpensive ways to get a home-cooked meal on the table for my family.  So, when I was in Walmart last week, I saw these new McCormick Skillet Sauces over in the section with the packaged mixes and gravies, I knew I had to try them.  There were seven different varieties, so being the lover of new products that I am, I went home with about 5 different ones.  They all seem very easy to put together and only call for a couple ingredients.

Late Sunday evening, I was searching for something easy for supper when I remember the sauces in the pantry.  Knowing what ingredients I had on hand, I decided to give the Sicilian Chicken sauce a try.  The recipe calls for chicken breasts, olive oil, sliced mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, and of course the sauce.  I added some fresh green beans and some fettuccine to the menu and dinner was ready in less than 30 minutes!

ingredients

I’ll admit I’ve tried a few of these pre-packaged kinds of time-saving sauces, but have never really been impressed.  In fact, I’ve never bought any of the ones I tried again.  But this one was different.  It was super easy to make and my family and I really enjoyed the tangy tomato flavor and the basil was the perfect complement.  In fact, they’ve already asked when we’ll be trying the Sesame Chicken Stir Fry version!

Sicilian Chicken

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to get a home-cooked meal on the table with lots of flavor, you should try these new McCormick Skillet Sauces.  They are available in most Walmarts and grocery stores and with flavors like BBQ Chicken, Sloppy Joe, Chili, and Fajitas, you’re sure to find something your whole family will love!

Sicilian Chicken with McCormick Skillet Sauces

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (9-ounce) package McCormick Sicilian Chicken Skillet Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound sliced boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 onion, cut into strips

Instructions

Heat oil in a skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 5 minutes or until lightly browned, turning once. Remove from skillet.

Stir vegetables into skillet; cook and stir 5 minutes or until tender.

Stir in sauce. Return chicken to skillet. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes or until heated through. Serve with cooked pasta, if desired.

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This Slow Cooker Ranch White Chicken Chili is an instant favorite!  The slow cooker does so much to develop the rich savory broth – it’s my favorite part!  And don’t worry about the chilies, they aren’t spicy so you won’t end up with chili with a lot of heat.  In fact, there’s not any heat in this at all, but that could change instantly with the addition of a little ground habanero powder if you you like it spicy!  Y’all enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Ranch White Chicken Chili

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours, 40 minutes

Yield: About 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 large, boneless, skinless chicken breasts - about 2.5 pounds
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 (4.5-ounce) cans chopped green chilies
  • 2 chicken bullion cubes
  • 1 (1-ounce) packet ranch dressing mix
  • 2 (15.8-ounce) cans Great Northern beans, drained
  • 1 (11-ounce) can white shoepeg corn, drained
  • Salt and pepper
  • sour cream and fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)

Instructions

In the crock of a 4 to 5 quart slow cooker, combine the broth, onion, garlic, cumin, oregano, chilies, bullion cubes, and ranch dressing powder. Add the chicken breasts to the broth, cover, and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.

Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred the meat. Return the shredded meat to the slow cooker and add the drained beans and corn. Add salt and pepper to taste. Return the lid to the slow cooker and cook for about 30 minutes or until the chicken, beans, and corn are heated through. Serve with a dollop of fresh sour cream and fresh cilantro.

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Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cakehttp://southernbite.com/2014/10/21/caramel-apple-upside-cake/ http://southernbite.com/2014/10/21/caramel-apple-upside-cake/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:45:42 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=6749 Last night I was busy making some icing for cupcakes for Jack’s school.  He was ready for bed when he came into the kitchen wanting to taste the icing.  I explained that he had already…read more »

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Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake

Last night I was busy making some icing for cupcakes for Jack’s school.  He was ready for bed when he came into the kitchen wanting to taste the icing.  I explained that he had already brushed his teeth and that he didn’t need any sugar.  Nonetheless, I turned away for a few minutes and then I heard a loud “yuck” followed by the sound of him spitting into the trash can.  In an effort to be sneaky and get a taste of the icing, he inadvertently got a big swipe of pure vegetable shortening.  Needless to say, he learned his lesson.

You know, life is like that in a lot of ways.  Often times we set out for something and end up with something completely different in the end.   Sometimes that end result is the sour taste of failure.  Other times we might end up with something we  didn’t set out for, but something that is ultimately better in the long run.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for poor Jack, but it is true in many cases.  We set out to accomplish a particular goal and end up with a much sweeter victory than we could have expected.

Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake

Southern Bite is a great example of that for me.  I didn’t set out to build a recipe blog or write a cookbook.  In fact, when I started SouthernBite.com my goal was for it to be a restaurant review site.  That initial goal was a failure of sorts, but the blog evolved into something that I have more passion for than I could have ever imagined.  Sharing my recipes with y’all, helping you get a home cooked meal on the table, and preserving the recipes of my family are all amazing things that I’ve been able to do but weren’t the initial goals for me.

I think the lesson here is that sometimes our plans and God’s plans aren’t exactly the same.  And just when you think you’re a failure, you might end up with successes beyond your wildest dreams… just in a slightly different direction.  We all face disappointment and regret at some point, but you’ve just got to keep on keeping on.

I hope some of y’all needed to hear that.  I know I did.

Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake

Only 6 ingredients and perfect for Fall!

Y’all this Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake is crazy easy and ridiculously delicious – plus, it’s purdy, too!  It’s ooey, gooey and just perfect for Fall.  Y’all enjoy!

Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, divided
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 (15.25-ounce) box yellow or butter flavored cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 325° F. Add 1/2 cup (1 stick) of the butter and the brown sugar to a well-seasoned, medium (about 10.25") cast-iron skillet. Place the skillet over medium heat, and stir until the butter is melted and the mixture is combined. Remove from the heat.

Melt the remaining 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter in a small bowl in the microwave. In a large bowl combine the cake mix, eggs, melted butter and 1 cup water. Mix well.

Place the sliced apples in the skillet on top of the caramel mixture arranging them in whatever fashion you like. Pour the cake batter on top of the apples. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Immediately cover the skillet with a platter and invert to remove the cake.

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Folks, it’s time to step up to the plate.  Last week, I shared with you about 16 million Americans that have no idea where there next meal is coming from.  The thought that any person in this country might go hungry is shocking and frustrating.  But you can help!  Join me in supporting Feeding America with a small donation.  Any amount is helpful.  For every dollar, Feeding America can provide 8 to 10 meals to hungry people in our country.  Plus, 98 cents of every dollar donated goes directly into programs that help people across the country access the food they need to live an active, healthy life.  Learn more about how they do what they do.

DONATE HERE

Donate whatever you can.  Be it $1 or $100.  For every dollar you donate between now and October 31st, I’ll enter your name into a drawing to win a signed copy of my cookbook.  Help me do what we can to help.  No child should ever have to go to bed hungry.  SouthernBite-web

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Mac and Cheese Soup with Chicken and Baconhttp://southernbite.com/2014/10/14/mac-cheese-soup-chicken-bacon/ http://southernbite.com/2014/10/14/mac-cheese-soup-chicken-bacon/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:02:33 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=6730 I’m so excited to share this delicious new recipe with y’all today!  My little boy’s most favorite thing in the whole world in macaroni and cheese.  He would eat it three meals a day if…read more »

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Mac and Cheese Soup with Chicken and Bacon

I’m so excited to share this delicious new recipe with y’all today!  My little boy’s most favorite thing in the whole world in macaroni and cheese.  He would eat it three meals a day if we’d let him.  When brainstorming about this recipe I knew I wanted to make it hearty enough for a meal, so I added the chicken.  And well, I added the bacon, because… well, I just love bacon.  You could certainly add some blanched veggies like carrots or peas if you’d like too, but I kept it simple for those little ones out there who are anti-veggie.  The truth is, this Mac and Cheese Soup is perfect for kids, but it’s dang delicious too, so you adults will like it also.  It’s perfect for a cool fall evening and is certainly a new hit at our house!

Mac and Cheese Soup with Chicken and Bacon

Mac and Cheese Soup with Chicken and Bacon

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Mac and Cheese Soup with Chicken and Bacon

Ingredients

  • 3 cups shredded, cooked chicken
  • 6 to 8 slices bacon, cooked to crispy then crumbled
  • 2 cups dried uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (10.75-ounce) can condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Instructions

Cook the macaroni in salted water according to the package directions, drain well and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large pot or dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk to combine. Cook 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly add the half and half and broth, whisking constantly. Stir in the cheddar cheese soup, ground mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Once thickened, whisk in the cheddar cheese and stir until completely melted. Add in the cooked chicken, chopped bacon, and cooked macaroni. Stir until combined and cook until heated through. Feel free to add more broth, half and half, or even some leftover pasta water if the soup gets too thick. Serve immediately.

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3314f3d4373c46069c439f0840cc8afdEveryday more than 16 million children in the United States struggle with hunger.  That would be like the population of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia combined that have no idea where their next meal might come from.  It seems completely unfathomable that in a country like ours that there are that many children out there that are sent to bed at night with empty tummies.  That’s why I’m partnering with Unilever Project Sunlight initiative and Feeding America to help turn the tables on hunger.

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Some of us who are fortunate enough to be able to adequately feed our families might find it hard to know exactly what hunger might looks like in today’s world.  Today, hunger looks like this…

It’s likely that my generation is the first in my family that hasn’t known hunger.  And though times have always been tough, my family always made it a priority to help those less fortunate.  In fact, as my own little boy started kindergarten this fall, I was reminded of how my mother along with several other mothers in my kindergarten classroom would all pitch in to help provide snack and lunch money to a child in my classroom whose family couldn’t afford it.   The point is, we all can do something to help.  Whether it’s volunteering at a local food bank or inviting a family who might be less fortunate to dinner, it’s easy to help.  Learn more about how you can help by visiting www.projectsunlight.us and join me next week to see how our big ol’ Southern Bite Family is going to do our part to help end childhood hunger.

 

This post is sponsored in part by Unilever to support their Project Spotlight initiative, but the opinions express herein are my own.  
 

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