Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Corn and Chicken Chowder Crockpot Recipe

I am in full fall swing thanks to the changing weather. Most of September here in Connecticut still felt like summer so we were happy to squeeze in some more beach days and summer recipes. But now I am ready to dive head first into autumn and all of the goodness that comes with it.

Including Especially this corn and chicken chowder soup crockpot recipe I have recently added to my menu! It's warm and delicious and one of the best food smells to come home to after a day of cooking itself in the crockpot. 

Don't get me wrong, this recipe definitely doesn't make itself. I spent an entire hour of baby's nap time dicing all of the ingredients into teeny tiny pieces not knowing how it was going to turn out...but it was time well spent I am happy to report... That's why I am sharing it here with you!

One thing to keep in mind going in is the teeny tiny part. I really tried to get all of the pieces, including the chicken, to the size of a corn kernel and I really like that aspect of this particular recipe. But you are free to slice and dice to the size you prefer of course.

Corn and Chicken Chowder Crockpot Recipe

What You'll Need:

1 pound boneless chicken breasts
12 ounces red potato, diced
1 onion, diced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, diced
3 cups corn kernels, frozen, canned or roasted
4 cups chicken broth
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup half and half
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper, to taste

chopped fresh chives

How You'll Do It:

1. Chop the potatoes, onions, carrots, celery and chicken (can be uncooked going into crockpot) into teeny tiny pieces and add to crockpot with the corn.

2. Add in chicken broth, garlic, thyme, oregano, cayenne pepper and bay leaf, salt and pepper, to taste. Stir.

3. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours.

4. In a small bowl, whisk together half and half and cornstarch. Stir in half and half mixture and butter during the last 30 minutes of cooking time.

5. You can fry up the bacon at any point, but I recommend doing it right at the end. The smell of bacon added to this already delicious smelling crockpot dinner will have everyone lined up and ready to eat!
 6. Enjoy a nice, warm cup/bowl garnished with bacon and chives! (This also stores well in the fridge for lunches or fast dinners throughout the week).

Now if only I could remember where I put all of my fall sweaters and boots....

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Mason Jar Lid Pies Recipe

This is quite possibly the coolest thing I've ever made in the kitchen.
Just when I though Mason Jars couldn't get any cooler, these little mason jar lid pies started popping up on my Pinterest feed.

I could not wait to try this recipe but I wanted to have a special occasion to share these cute little pies for. Fourth of July BBQ was the perfect opportunity! And it helped with decorating decision.

I had never bought just mason jar lids separately and thought they would be pretty hard to find, but they had them right at Target and they were only about $4 for 12! Score!

Admittedly, I was a little intimidated by this recipe, every picture I came across looked so Pinterestly perfect I didn't think I would ever be able to pull it off. But I figured a Pinterest fail blog post would be just as fun so I set to research. I looked at every single Mason Jar Lid recipe I think was ever written. That's when I knew I had to put my phone down, digest everything I had learn and just set about doing this my own way. I'm so glad I did because these turned out great and it was seriously one of the easiest recipes ever. Not to mention SO much fun to make! And you only need THREE things to make these cute little mason jar lid pies. I'm obsessed.

Mason Jar Lid Pies Recipe

What You'll Need:
  • Pie Crust - the type you roll out
  • Can of Pie Filling of our choice 
  • Mason Jar Lids

How You'll Do It:

1. Turn the Mason Jar Lid insert upside down so the metal side is facing up (opposite of how you would normally keep the lid together. Pic below)

2. Roll out pie crust.

3. Cut out a circle of pie crust that is slightly larger than the big part of the lid - this way the crust will form sides. I found that one of my large mouth coffee mugs was just right!

4. Center the cut out circles into the Mason Jar lid.

Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all jar lids are done!

5. Fill with pie filling.

6. Decorate the top however you would like with remaining pie crust. I found this crust was really easy to work with and ended up balling it up and re-rolling it out several times....kind of reminded of making sugar cookies!

7. Bake in the oven at 375 for about 15 to 20 minutes or until you see the crust has browned nicely and the pie filling is bubbling.

8. Remove and let cool. Enjoy!

Step by step pictures below for all of you visual learners!

Step 1: Turn the Mason Jar Lid insert upside down so the metal side is facing up (opposite of how you would normally keep the lid together. Pic below)

Step 2: Roll out pie crust.

Step 3: Cut out a circle of pie crust that is slightly larger than the big part of the lid - this way the crust will form sides. I found that one of my large mouth coffee mugs was just right!

Step 4: Center the cut out circles into the Mason Jar lid.  

Step 5: Fill with pie filling.  

Step 6 - 7:
Decorate the top however you would like with remaining pie crust. I found this crust was really easy to work with and ended up balling it up and re-rolling it out several times....kind of reminded of making sugar cookies!

Bake in the oven at 375 for about 15 to 20 minutes or until you see the crust has browned nicely and the pie filling is bubbling.

Last but not least:
Remove and let cool. Enjoy!

I was pretty excited that these Mason Jar Lid Pies are pretty easy to store once made as mine could be easily stacked on top of one another. Just a little added bonus for bringing to a BBQ!

I would love to see your Mason Jar Lid Pies! Feel free to share in the comments.

Friday, June 10, 2016

CT Food Events This Weekend: June 11 -12

There are SO many fun things to do in CT this weekend! How will I ever Pick!?

I haven't done many local Connecticut posts, because I realize a lot of you reading this blog are from all over the country/world, but there are SO many cool food things happening in my local area I feel like I should be sharing! Even if you aren't close enough to attend, it's cool to see what other local communities are doing. And if you are near southeastern CT, maybe you will find some cool events to check out. 

So I am going to start doing a weekly round up of food/food related events in Southeastern Connecticut. If you ever have something you'd like to share - please feel free to add in the comment section or email me: and I will get them added to The Search for YUM! So here it is: the first EVER YUM CT FOOD EVENTS post!

CT Food Events this Weekend that I'm excited about

Taste of Mystic - Olde Mistick Village, Mystic, June 10-12
One of my ALL TIME FAVORITE food events. EVER. I can say with almost absolute certainty that this single event sparked my love of food, food tasting events and the need to find/share the YUM. IN fact it was one of my very first blog posts: Mystic, CT Area Food Guide: Annual Taste of Mystic Highlights 

Strawberry Fest - Lyman Orchards, Middlefield, June 11
I have never been to this event but I will hopefully be going to this year's! (rain, rain please stay away!) It looks like a very nice family event - complete with a PIE EATING CONTEST that I think I might have to enter. 

Annual Celebration - Connecticut College Arboretum, New London, June 10
Ok, not technically a "food" event. But there will be CAKE LADY CAKE so it needed to be added :)

Monday, June 6, 2016

Chicken Salad Recipe: How to Video

Two years ago this month (TWO YEARS?!) I posted about my absolute favorite Chicken Salad Recipe. I took my favorite ingredients from all of the chicken salads I had tried to make one delicious chicken salad (if I do say so myself). You can read more about my recipe creation inspiration in the original post.

Without fail, every June I start craving this chicken salad. This June was no different. This has also been one of my most loved recipes on The Search for YUM to date so I decided to make a video showing how easy it really is! It's not professional quality by any means, but it was sure fun to make. Special thanks to my videographer husband :)

The Best Ever Chicken Salad Recipe - How To Video

For more information, full recipe and to see how I developed this specific recipe, head on over to my original Best Ever Chicken Salad Recipe post!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Summer Pasta Salad Recipe

Meet your new favorite summer side dish. This Summer Pasta Salad is the easiest recipe to whip up for a BBQ and everyone enjoys it. It goes well with burgers, grilled chicken, hot dogs, sausages, you name it! And like all of my favorite go-to's extremely easy. This actually might be the easiest one I know of. After you make this once, you will never need to look at this recipe again since it is so easy, but I still hope you'll think of the Search for YUM while you make it :)
Like all of my favorite recipes, I also have the tendency to over make this one early on in the season. Because you get so much of it with such little effort I find myself eating this for days on end at the beginning of the summer and then I burn out on it. But after a few weeks, I'm ready to whip it up again and enjoy.

Summer Pasta Salad Recipe

What You'll Need:
Tri Color Rotini
Robusto Italian Dressing
Cherry Tomatoes
Cheddar Cheese Squares (Or sticks you can cut into smaller chunks)
Pepperoni - cut into bite size chunks
How You'll Do It:
1. Cook the pasta, drain and cool completely. (this step is important or your cheese is going to not be so chunky but more melty).
2. Mix everything together, chill in the fridge.

Best enjoyed outside at the picnic table!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Cheesy Meatloaf Recipe

Meatloaf, smeatloaf, double beatloaf...I LOVE meatloaf!

I can't help but think of this A Christmas Story reference every time I think of meatloaf. Except instead of the little brother saying he "hates" meatloaf I replace it with I "LOVE" meatloaf!

The truth is, I had never had meatloaf until recently. It always sounded kind of...gross to me. I mean, let's be honest, it doesn't have the most glamorous of names - a loaf of meat. I just didn't know what I was missing. This is yet another one of my sister's delicious recipes!

The best part is, this is an easy recipe that the entire family can enjoy. Especially my toddler. He DEVOURS this. I always serve with mashed potatoes and some kind of green veggie. Usually green beans or even broccoli.

What You'll Need:

The Loaf
2 lbs Ground Beef
3/4 cup Bread Crumbs
1/2 cup minced onions
2 eggs, beaten
3 cups Shredded Cheese
1/2 tsp Worchestershire Sauce
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

The Topping:
2 cans of tomato paste
ketchup to taste

How You'll Do It:

1. Mix everything for the loaf together.

2. Top with tomato paste and ketchup

3. Bake at 350 for 1 hour

4. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The BEST Artichoke Dip Recipe EVER

This is hands down the best artichoke dip recipe I have ever had. It's creamy, delicious and oh so flavorful. And there really isn't another recipe for artichoke dip like it, at least that I have been able to find.

Like most of my favorite recipes, I have my sister to thank. She got this recipe from one of her co-workers years ago and it has been a staple at family functions ever since. Every single holiday, family get-together, random craving I ask my sister for this recipe. I am somehow weirdly cursed when it comes to keeping/finding it. She has texted it to me, emailed to me, written it down and stuck it in a recipe folder for me. And I lose it every single time...until now! And neither will you because now it is on The Search for YUM blog!

I kept putting off sharing this recipe here since I ALWAYS forget to take a picture before it gets devoured (which is about 2 seconds after its taken out of the oven - Warning, this dip is so good you might burn your mouth because you are unable to wait for it to cool down).

The BEST Artichoke Dip Recipe...Ever

What You'll Need:
1 1/2 packages of cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayo
3/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 can of artichokes, drained and chopped

How You'll Do It:
1. Blend cream cheese, sour cream and mayo until smooth.
2. Add in the rest of the ingredients - parmesan cheese, onion, garlic powder, artichokes.
3. Mix well.
4. Sprinkle top generously with Italian bread crumbs.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes.
6. Enjoy!

Don't have all of these ingredients and still really craving artichoke dip? One of the times when I couldn't find this recipe, I tried to recreate it. I failed at recreating the extreme deliciousness of the original recipe but succeeded in making a very yummy artichoke dip with only 5 ingredients: can of artichokes, mayo, sour cream, parmesan cheese and bread crumbs all mixed together and baked at 350 until warm. I didn't measure, I just added to taste.

Let me know which one you try/like best!