Tax season is to accountants as ________ season is to journalists.
(hint: we'll all be breathing a bit easier come November 7th).
The past two weeks have been super busy. Not only did I have my regular anchoring shift from 4-9 a.m., but I also reported features stories on a political race that could signal the end of an era for Alabama's Democratic party and a proposal to remove racist language from the Alabama Constitution (but wait -- black legislators and school groups are against it!). And planned the station's coverage for election night and wrote a couple of web exclusive stories.
No rest for the weary come the weekend. Hannah had tech week for Guys & Dolls (4-10 p.m. rehearsals each day), Olivia had a big gymnastics meet (got 1st in beam and floor, 3rd on vault and 1st overall!), Miranda had a theatre festival (got 2 superior rankings!) and is now down south singing at the National Peanut Festival. And Jason? He's been down in Florida for four days, walking 8 miles a day knocking on doors to "get out the vote".
Needless to say, our busy schedules have led to a lot of crappy meals this week. Too much eating out, too many ramen noodles, blech, blech, blech. Last night Olivia begged for vegetables -- real, honest to goodness unfried vegetables. So we turned to a TNT recipe: Vegetable Chowder.
Our recipe is loosely based on Cooking Light's Corn & Potato Chowder recipe.
- olive oil
- random veggies diced small (we used baking potatoes, onions, carrots and green peppers)
- can of corn
- 1 1/4 cup water
- seafood seasoning (CL suggests Old Bay Seasoning; we had a Mediterranean seafood spice mix in the pantry, so used that)
- 1 cup half & half
- shredded cheese (we used cheddar)
- Heat oil in sauce pan or dutch oven over medium-high heat.
- Saute peppers and onions, stirring regularly, for 4 minutes until lightly browned.
- Increase heat to high, add water, corn, seasoning and potatoes. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until potatoes are softened.
- Remove from heat, stir in half & half, ladle into bowls and top with shredded cheese.
So easy. So good. A go-to for busy nights!