Spiced Plum Chutney

Ordering 10 pounds of plums seemed like a really good idea at the time. When I lifted up that bag and felt the heft of what 10 pounds of plums really is my shoulders slumped with the weight and dread of the work I’d laid out for myself. I look around my and I see boxes, clutter, piles of unsorted papers, dust bunnies in the corners, unhung pictures, and yet I keep giving myself more projects. Hence, Project Plums. Next week is Project Tomatoes (25 lbs local organic San Marzanos have been ordered). I had thought I’d make a simple […]

Chipotle Chicken and Corn Chowder with Black Beans

For the most part, I’m not big into spicy food. I don’t go crazy over chicken wings and when we go out for Thai or Vietnamese I stick to the very mild dishes but there is something about the combination of the rich, spicy and smokey flavours of this soup with the sweet bite of corn that keeps me making it again and again, heat and all. This recipe is adapted from a recipe in Cooking Light’s Chicken Tonight cookbook. There are many ingredients that are the same in both recipes but I left out the hominy since  it isn’t a […]

Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup with Crème Fraiche

I made this Sunday night in a flurry of inspiration and a desire to use up some things in pantry. This is quite a simple soup recipe with not too much chopping and everything went into one pot. The chipolte chile pepper made this soup pretty spicy which my husband loved.  Adding some creme fraiche to the pureed soup mellowed the spiciness slightly but it was still damn hot.  If you like things a bit milder, you could use half a chili pepper and still get the smokey heat that chipotle gives. If you aren’t familiar with chipotle chile peppers […]