I love to cook. Being a part of Debbie Arnold’s food blog is always a special treat and privilege. If you know anything about Debbie Arnold, you know she is an amazing cook and is full of great tips (which she shares on Arkansas KTHV 11 During Dining with Debbie). It is always a little humbling to prepare a dish to share on her blog, but the other aspect of Debbie Arnold is her genuineness and love of gathering in the kitchen. She is a down to earth home cook who inspires you to jump right in and share the kitchen.
Transitioning back to work full-time outside of the home has made cooking at home a little more difficult. However, I still believe that relationships are most often built around the table. We were created to need sustenance. We were created to need relationship. The table draws us together, allowing for two of our basic needs to be met. That belief, my desire to nurture my family physically and emotionally keeps me working to find ways to meal plan better, to slow down and let the cooking time also be bonding time, and letting go of some of my “perfectionist” expectations of myself. Meals have become a little simpler. The crock pot finds it way to my counter at least once a week. My girls play a bigger role, getting something started as I am on my way home or taking on one of the dishes as we put a complete meal together. I have also found I turn to some of our favorites more often, cooking less variety during the week. It just helps keep things simple, and keeps us at home.
Today, I am sharing one of the few soup recipes my family can agree upon and devour in less than an hour. Cajun Shrimp Chowder. The recipe, originally passed along to me by a friend from Louisiana, has been given a few Chaplin tweaks. It was the perfect bowl of warmth and comfort after church today.
I hope you enjoy the recipe. Spend a little extra time around the dinner table this week with family and/or friends. In a world filled with sadness, turmoil, and busyness we all need the comfort of good food, good company, good fellowship.