Yes, Pin It and Do It is over (for now), but I was home sick a couple days this week and turned to Pinterest for inspiration. My challenge was to find a few easy recipes using only ingredients I had on hand... no trips to the grocery store allowed.
I started out with Creamy Butternut Squash Soup with Smoked Paprika from The Lemon Bowl. A butternut squash was on the counter, but I didn't feel like peeling and chopping. For this recipe, I simply cut it in half, rubbed on some olive oil, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper, then roasted the squash. Once cooled, I scooped the squash into a soup pot, added chicken broth and let my immersion blender finish the job. It had a wonderfully warm, smoky flavor from the paprika, but I'll cut back on the cayenne pepper next time. (photo from Pinterest)
My next discovery isn't really a recipe at all, but a method for Quicker Baked Potatoes from she wears many hats. I'm usually a purist and bake potatoes whole - I never even use the microwave. Amy says to cut them in half, rub on an olive oil/kosher salt mixture and bake for 30 minutes. Parchment paper makes clean-up a breeze. I had sweet potatoes on hand, and we all loved the crispy, slightly salt texture of the skin. I may never bake a whole potato again!
Finally, I have Crock Pot Potato-Corn Chowder in my slow cooker today. It already smells good. I'll let you know how it turns out...
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