I Will Be Back Soon!

Yes, September is here, my new business is up and running — a big shout-out of thanks to all who have shown their support of Bloomin’ Beauty — and I’m eager to re-visit my Sims and share their stories.

I won’t be posting on a daily basis as before, but there will be new posts coming. Be watching!

JC

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Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Have I got a treat for you today! Since our simmies are having problems ordering food at restaurants, and pizza delivery isn’t always reliable, here’s a simple and delicious meal they can make at home. It comes from my blogging friend BigandPinkyToes, and it combines two all-time sim favorites: Grilled Cheese and Pizza. Enjoy!

BigAndPinkyToes

So apparently I am going to have a summer grilled cheese sandwich series on my blog, and it continues with pizza grilled cheese. Yes you read that right. It is pretty scrumptious, and it’ll curb your desire to spend money on pizza delivery. I promise. I saute mushrooms, onions, and black olives. Then I add some pepperoni, since that’s what I like to eat on my pizza. You can substitute the filling ingredients for whatever toppings you prefer or have on hand. I do suggest using sautéed or roasted veggies though. Since the sandwich is only in the pan for a few minutes, it’s not long enough to cook the vegetables.

Feel free to check out my other grilled cheese creations here:

Chicken Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich

2 pieces of buttered, sliced Italian bread

2-3 Tbsp marinara or spagettie sauce

1/4 cup total of desired…

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For the Foodies: Clam Chowder

Don’t you just love it when your sims make clam chowder? I do. But even more, I love it when I make it — which is what I did this morning. Yes, it’s still very early here in the middle of the US, but clam chowder is one of my favorite breakfasts, especially when the temperature outside is a bit on the cool side.

Here’s how to make your own delicious clam chowder:

Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder
Homemade clam chowder is a perfect way to start the day.

Ingredients:

1 small onion, finely chopped

1/4 stick butter

2-3 russet potatoes, diced

1-2 strips of bacon

2 6-1/2 ounce cans of minced clams

Chicken broth, vegetable broth, or clam juice

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon celery leaves (optional)

3 tablespoons flour

1/3 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon cornstarch (optional, for a thicker chowder)

How-To:

In a large saucepan, melt butter. Add bacon and finely chopped onions. Cook until bacon fat has rendered and onions appear almost translucent. Add in garlic and thyme. Add celery leaves, if desired.

Open clams and drain juice into a measuring cup. Add additional clam juice or broth to make 2 cups. Set clams aside. Add flour to onions and while stirring, slowly pour clam/broth juice into the pan. Continue stirring and allow mixture to come to a boil.

Add potatoes to pan, reduce heat, and simmer until potatoes are tender. Stir in heavy cream. Add clams. Cook until clams are heated through. Serve with crackers and enjoy!

Note: I sometimes also add about 1 teaspoon of cornstarch, but do not add cornstarch directly to hot liquids or you’ll end up with a mess. Instead, reserve a bit of the juice/broth mixture in the measuring cup. Stir in cornstarch until it’s blended. Dip out about a tablespoon of hot broth and add it to the cornstarch mixture in the cup. Stir thoroughly. Slowly, while stirring, add the mixture to the pan.