Thursday, September 21, 2023


Got my new shipment from Stoltzfus Meats today.
Wait, have I ever told you about Stoltzfus? If not, it's time I did so you can take advantage of my well known secret. I love this company!


As you know I rarely endorse products and when I do, it's because I am so excited I want to share them with you. I am not the typical blogger that advertises for commission. That's why you will never find all those aggravating pop up ads all over my blog. But when I do find a product or merchant I love, I share that information with you. I do not charge commission and rarely someone might ask me to try something to review but this isn't so often.

So I want to share my love of this company with you. Everything about them is as if we live in another time.... from their homemade meats and sweets and other goodies to the one-of-a-kind customer service they offer. Customer service unlike any you will find anywhere today.

My Mom used to make the best Ham loaf. It was her specialty and everyone loved it. I mean there was nothing else like it. So delicious in fact we could eat it everyday! But it has been the most challenging recipe for me to duplicate over the years. Oh, I come close....I have tried to make it many times but it's not the same.

And then one day, I found the a product called Gene Wenger's Famous Ham Loaf at a local store and decided to try it. OMG. It was just like my Mom's ham loaf. Exactly like it. Not one bit of difference! 
Unfortunately, when I went back for more, they no longer carried it. So I called Mr. Wenger and told him how I loved the ham loaf. He thanked me and then put me in touch with this wonderful Pennsylvania Dutch company called Stoltzfus.



I spoke to Deana who works in their customer service department. Customer service unlike anything you will find today. The old fashioned kind with someone so kind and polite and professional. It was Deana that made me a lifetime customer.


Stoltzfus is where I go when I want quality meat products like sausage, bologna, old fashioned scrapple, home made bacon, fresh ham, baked goods and of course Gene Wenger's Famous Ham Loaf. What is it about this company that I love? Its the way they treat the customers. I feel like I have my own butcher and bakery right at my finger tips.

You will definitely want to check out all their goodies.... And pass on the word to friends and family. High quality food, first class service, great prices. Free shipping with a minimum order and so much more. What more could you ask for?
Stop and visit and say hello to Deana for me!

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Shrimp Corn Chowder














Let’s face it, summer left and the chilly nights and breezy cool days are here.  It’s the perfect weather for soup!  And I make every kind of soup you can think of and then some.  I love soup and my freezer is stocked with homemade soups. Mostly hearty, thick and creamy soups, my favorite.  This is one of my best soup recipes and I make it often.  I start off with a base of bacon drippings to make the soup base.  Whoa, did someone says bacon?


Shrimp Corn Chowder


4 strips of bacon

2 tablespoons butter

1 small onion, diced

1 carrot, diced

1 stalk celery, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

    1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup low sodium chicken broth (or more if needed)

1 cup milk

1 bay leaf

1 cup heavy cream

2 large potatoes cut into cubes

4 cups of frozen or canned corn, drained

½ pound medium shrimp, de veined, peeled, no tails

2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning

    Salt and finely ground pepper to taste


Place bacon in a large pot over medium high heat. Cook until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to remove onto a paper towel lined plate. Leave fat in pot.

















Lower heat to medium. Add butter to the same pot. Once melted, add onion and cook for 2-3 minutes or until translucent.  Add in the garlic and cook for another minute. Then, add in your carrots and celery and saute for 5 minutes.









Add the flour and stir until you have a paste. Continue to cook and stir for at least 2 minutes to cook out the flour taste.

Add chicken broth, milk, potatoes, Old Bay seasoning and the bay leaf. Turn heat back up to medium high.  Allow soup to come to a slow boil.  Turn heat down to low.











Stir in corn and heavy cream and cook for 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through and tender.  If you want a thinner consistency, add more chicken broth until you get the consistency you want.  On the other hand, if you want a thicker consistency, mix ¼ cup of corn starch with enough water to make a paste and stir into soup.  










Once you have the right consistency, stir in your shrimp and cook for 5 more minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Ladle into bowls and garnish with chopped bacon and parsley.






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