With my two sons and a husband at home, dinnertime is a really big deal! It’s like they suffer through a whole day, just so they can get home and eat. 😉
My son actually said in all earnestness the other day, “the reason I get up in the morning and go to school, is to come home and eat your bread. Everyone has a reason for living Mom, and mine, is your bread.”
Wow! What a funny and sweet compliment! But it goes to show me, that the extra effort I put into what I feed them makes a difference!
Let’s face it, it’s a rough day out there of work and school for our families. I’m a firm believer of making a warm safe place for everyone to come home to at the end of the day. A place they feel loved and accepted, a place that they feel special because I took the time and effort to make their dinner special. It’s a pleasure to gather around the table each night, discuss our day, and for me, to hear all their love, gratitude and compliments about the food and the things I have done for them that day.
It is truly my pleasure to love and serve these sweet guys that I call mine. And if it is setting a bowl of delicious chowder and a warm slice of homemade bread in front of them at night that makes them feel loved, I am all in. Don’t make your dinners ordinary, make them a special time your family will cherish.
Now do we all have those chicken nugget and tater tot nights? Yes of course! But dinner time can still be around the table sharing our day and bonding, instead of all going to opposite sides of the house or our rooms to eat in front of the TV or a computer. Put a little more effort into your family’s dinner and setting a nice table,and I would be willing to bet that your family will enjoy a closer relationship. It is worth any effort.
RECIPE FOR HAM CHOWDER
This recipe is perfect for a cold day. Hot, savory and delicious. Soon to be one of your family’s favorites! Serves 4
I often times double this recipe and there is plenty for my guys for 2 meals!
- 2 Cups boiling water
- 2 Cups potatoes chopped in 1in. pieces
- 1/2 Cup diced carrots
- 1/2 Cup chopped celery
- 1/4 Cup diced onion
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
Boil 10 Minutes or so to cook vegetables through
In another pan:
- 1/4 Cup butter, melted
- 1/4 Cup flour
- 2 Cups warm milk
- 2 Cups of shredded cheese
Here you are making a basic béchamel sauce. Melt butter in pan on med to low heat, add flour and stir. Let flour cook for 20 sec. or so to cook it, add warm milk a cup at a time, and wisk the milk into the paste. Then when it thickens, add the cheese, and stir in until melted.
- 1 can cream style corn
- 2 Cups chopped ham
The ham can be the leftovers from a spiral ham, which I always do when we have a ham, but lets face it how many times a year do you buy a big ham? Other times I just buy slices from the deli. The last time I made this I asked the deli to cut this beautiful black forest ham that was on sale in 1/4 inch thick slices. Then at home I just chopped it in bite sized pieces and it worked perfectly! If your family seems to need more protein that the two cups of ham, add as much as you need to make it a little heartier.
After you add the ham and corn, let come up to temp, if you feel sauce is too thick, thin it with milk a few TBSP at a time until desired consistency. Don’t let it get too hot it scalds easily with the milk in it. Besides chowder really holds the heat and you don’t want your family to burn their tongues! Serve and Enjoy!