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Explore The Internet's Most Buzz-Worthy Recipes

We explore, taste, and review the internet's most talked-about dishes. From viral hits to undiscovered treasures, my global journey infuses each review with distinctive insights and a touch of humor.

Conversations Over Coffee - or Hot Cocoa If You're Like Me ;)

Each blog post is a genuine conversation, like catching up over coffee. Engaging and heartfelt, I share life's highs and lows. It's about nourishing the body AND the soul, with content that speaks to your values.

Easy Meal Plan Inspirations for Your Family's Table

Save yourself time by peaking into my kitchen and see what's cooking each week. I share meal plans that come straight from what's cooking in my world. I promise simplicity, variety, and a dash of adventure.

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Healthy Clam Chowder

March 28, 20241 min read

SOUP

Healthy Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder

After trying to find a healthy clam chowder recipe online (that still had lots of flavor) and coming up short, I decided to make my own. This soup is FANTASTIC! Lots of veggies and sweet & spicy flavor. My husband said it was one of the best clam chowders he's ever had 🙌🏼

Ingredients
  • 2 TB butter

  • 2 TB flour

  • 1 white onion, diced

  • 2 large carrots, diced

  • 2 stalks celery, diced

  • 1 cup frozen corn

  • 2 russet potatoes, diced

  • 3 cups 1% milk

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 2 10oz cans clams, drained and juice preserved

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tsp old bay seasoning

  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. In a large pot, melt butter. Add onions, carrots, and celery, and heat on low heat until tender, 5 to 8 minutes.

  2. Add flour and stir 1 to 2 minutes.

  3. Add the milk, chicken broth, reserved clam juice, potatoes, bay leaf, old bay seasoning and salt & pepper to taste.

  4. Bring to a boil, then cover and cook on low until potatoes are soft, about 10 minutes.

  5. Remove more than half of the soup and discard bay leaves, put soup in blender and blend until smooth. Return to pot.

  6. Add clams, corn and adjust salt if needed and cook another 5 minutes.

  7. Serve and garnish with more old bay seasoning.

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Andrea Befus

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Healthy Clam Chowder

March 28, 20241 min read

SOUP

Healthy Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder

After trying to find a healthy clam chowder recipe online (that still had lots of flavor) and coming up short, I decided to make my own. This soup is FANTASTIC! Lots of veggies and sweet & spicy flavor. My husband said it was one of the best clam chowders he's ever had 🙌🏼

Ingredients
  • 2 TB butter

  • 2 TB flour

  • 1 white onion, diced

  • 2 large carrots, diced

  • 2 stalks celery, diced

  • 1 cup frozen corn

  • 2 russet potatoes, diced

  • 3 cups 1% milk

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 2 10oz cans clams, drained and juice preserved

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tsp old bay seasoning

  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. In a large pot, melt butter. Add onions, carrots, and celery, and heat on low heat until tender, 5 to 8 minutes.

  2. Add flour and stir 1 to 2 minutes.

  3. Add the milk, chicken broth, reserved clam juice, potatoes, bay leaf, old bay seasoning and salt & pepper to taste.

  4. Bring to a boil, then cover and cook on low until potatoes are soft, about 10 minutes.

  5. Remove more than half of the soup and discard bay leaves, put soup in blender and blend until smooth. Return to pot.

  6. Add clams, corn and adjust salt if needed and cook another 5 minutes.

  7. Serve and garnish with more old bay seasoning.

seafood
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Andrea Befus

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My name is Andrea and there are 2 things that matter to me most: cooking yummy foods & being with the people I love! Having traveled to over 30 countries and enjoying every cuisine I've ever tried, and being willing to fail in the kitchen, it has led me to develop skills that I want to share with others!

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