Thursday, September 17, 2009

Corn chowder. Just like that.

OK, so I know last week I was all, "I like September," and "Let's start wearing boots," and almost embracing autumn right here in front of everyone. And that was nice. I even made soup three times -- one tomato bisque and two rounds of corn chowder -- and started thinking that fall's not so bad and summer? Meh. This is the best weather we've had in months!

Then, browsing through my hard drive, I found these:

lunch of leftovers.



And I started missing summer.

I suppose I'm one to rush into things every so often. It's kind of like when, two months ago, I jumped on the first apartment I found just an hour after seeing it. Or when I found myself with an abundance of non-food-related photos and just like that, started a new photo blog and announced it to whoever would listen. And then, one day when the sky was blue and the air was crisp and I made sweet, summery corn into a warm, creamy chowder, I rushed into fall. Just like that.

corn chowder.

And actually, I'm alright with that. I mean, I love my apartment. And my new blog is quite nice. And that chowder was delicious. So maybe I thought I felt bad about leaving summer behind, but she'll be back eventually. It might take a good half a year to return, but at least there's chowder to hold me over.

Corn Chowder with Bacon

*After the third time making corn chowder in one month, I found the perfect combination of recipes that became my own. Below is the updated version of the original recipe I posted.

Fresh corn stripped from 6 ears
2 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
1/2 small onion, diced
1 small green pepper, diced
2 medium Yukon gold or red potatoes, diced
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 cups chicken broth
4 slices of bacon, diced
Salt and pepper, seasoned salt, dried oregano

Melt butter in a large pot over medium high. Cook the bacon in butter until crisp, remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Remove all but about 2 tablespoons of fat, then add onions, green pepper, and garlic to pot. Cook vegetables until soft, scraping up the leftover bits of bacon from the bottom of the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Add flour and stir to coat. Add potatoes and cook for 5-7 minutes.

Add chicken broth to onion-potato mixture. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and let simmer. Add a touch of seasoned salt and dried oregano. When potatoes are tender, add corn kernels and cook until heated through. Stir in cream and bacon. Serve immediately.

6 comments:

  1. See? Look how I'm commenting here so this blog doesn't get jealous of your other blog! :-)

    Seriously though, the chowder looks mighty tasty. It's not quite fall here in California yet, though last week we were teased a tiny bit. It's so sweltering hot in my greenhouse/apartment when I get home from work that last night, all I could think of eating for dinner was cake out of the fridge, accompanied by ice cream.

    This is what grown ups do!

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  2. I am ready for fall temperature, clothes, etc. Just not the sun setting before 8PM. We get so spoiled in the summer.

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  3. YUM! Love corn chowder. I love September and October and all fall brings, but I started to really love summer this year (ironically, I guess, as everyone else seems to have always loved summer) and I think it was all about the daylight. I will miss that.

    But no question at all, corn chowder and soups in general are some of the best things of fall/winter/etc. We'll have to keep telling ourselves that in the long months we're getting into. Oh, boy.

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  4. kim - you're great. sometimes i eat chips and salsa for dinner, just because i can. and then i have late-night hot pockets with murdo. yes!

    whitney - i am so with you on the daylight thing, especially because my blog photos suffer because of it. haha am i nerd or what?

    shanna - yes, those comfort foods are what keep me going. soups, bubbly casseroles, mashed potatoes...oh yeah.

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  5. I always flip back and forth between wanting the season that's leaving and wanting the one that's just starting. Well, almost always. Fall is without a doubt my favorite season, so I always look forward to it over summer :)

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  6. caitlin - i think i could love fall, too, if only winter didn't follow so closely behind. i can deal with cold and snow until the new year, and then, i'm ready for summer again.

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