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Good Day PA: Smithfield Maple Bacon Popcorn, Ham Mac n Cheese, & Sausage, Blueberry Muffins


Here are today’s recipes from Good Day PA!

Hearty Ham Mac ‘N Cheese

My plan: throw the Smithfield Spiral Ham in the oven on Christmas Day so I can get back to playing. We’ll use the leftovers in this Mac ‘N Cheese recipe.

Sausage, Blueberry, Pancake Muffins

Soph could not stop eating these! Your favorite pancakes with leftover breakfast sausage links and fresh blueberries. She had one for breakfast and threw one in her lunch box. Dan suggests topping them off with a bit of maple syrup.

Maple Bacon Popcorn

This was another hit in our house. We made a second batch with brown sugar…because we ran out of maple syrup. So, so good!  Put in a big bowl at your holiday parties or wrap in a pretty container like a Mason Jar or bag and give out as party favors or as part of your holiday gifts.


Good Day PA: Creamy Soups without the Cream


Hey friends of Good Day! I love a big mug of soup with a chunk of crusty bread. If you’re like me-dairy is so not my friend. I’ve researched vegan options and there are some great recipes out there. I like NEED recipes to be fast and easy. That’s why these soup recipes are staples of the Baker Britcher house.


St. Julia’s Soup Base

If you watched the segment, it’s clear how I feel about Julia Child. She’s the patron saint of my kitchen and her books are my gospel.

Love her old fashioned way of making a soup creamy–rice, butter, and onions. No weird nut milk that you have to go to three grocery stores to find. Just basic ingredients you probably have on hand. Here’s the how:

1-2 cups thinly sliced onion
2 Tablespoons butter (sub Earth’s Balance or other vegan butter)
4 cups water or broth
1/2 cup white rice

Cream of Broccoli Soup
St. Julia’s Soup Base
About 2 pounds of broccoli
4 cups broth
salt & pepper to taste
Saute the onions in the butter for 7-8 minutes until translucent.
Add the rice and liquid. Simmer about 20 minutes until the rice is very tender.
Steam the broccoli for 3-4 minutes. Add to the soup base. Add 4 more cups of liquid and simmer until tender. Whirl it all up.

Dairy-free Creamy Corn Chowder

1 small bag frozen corn

1 thinly sliced onion

a clove or two of garlic

Toss those with some olive oil on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 450 for about 20 minutes until the corn and onions start to carmelize. Reserve a cup of the most toasted up corn.

1 can of cannellini beans with the liquid

Salt and Pepper to taste

Broth to cover

Put all of the ingredients in a high-powered blender or food processor. Whirl it up til its smooth.

I like to top with those toasty corn bits for some crunch.

Other ways to get a creamy, thick texture without the cream:

Cannellini beans
Garbanzo beans
St. Julia’s Soup Base
Vegetable Puree

Good Day PA: Pumpkin Spice Smoothies & Tips

You know smoothies can be a fast and healthy breakfast. But, they can also be messy, require a little planning, and you want to be sure they fill you and your family up til lunch time. Here are smoothie tips to get you full and out the door fast.  And, a tasty recipe for a Pumpkin Spice Smoothie and my new favorite Cocoa Cherry Smoothie.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

  • 1 chopped apple or 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Tablespoon nut butter
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup ice cubes
Whirl it all up!

Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

1 cup frozen cherries
1 scoop chocolate + greens protein powder (I like Vega-protein)
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
handful walnuts or almonds
Add some extra ice to make it super thick
Blend & Go!

On the Go Smoothie Tips:

Use a wide mouth glass jar
Get a straw-friendly lid
Cover with a thick sock
Make ahead & freeze

Blender Tips:

Add liquid first, enough to cover the blades
Use frozen fruit-they make it extra thick and creamy which can make you feel fuller
Sneak in a handful of  greens or one carrot
Start blender on low, gradually increase speed

Fill-You-Up Smoothie Ingredients

Nut butter or handful of nuts
Protein Powder
Full fat coconut milk