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Bacon corn chowder

Bacon corn chowder

Bacon corn chowder

 

“Mom, how much longer until the corn is ready” asks my 7 year old as we drive by the corn fields. This was back in March, and again in April, and again in May, etc, etc….you get the idea. For all the fun summer brings, it’s the taste of fresh, locally grown corn on the cob that my 7 year old longs for the most. Well, maybe not the most, but certainly the longest. Once corn season arrives, he can’t seem to get enough. We all love fresh corn on the cob, but it’s his, apparently endless, appetite for it that rarely leaves me with any leftovers to work with.

Last week something strange happened…I ended up with 3 beautiful leftover cobs to play with. There was also something else strange happening. After several months of hot, dry, near drought like conditions the skies opened up and the rain started to fall. With cooler, autumn”y” (made up word, but I’m sticking with it) weather appearing out of nowhere and a few cobs of corn in my fridge, it only seemed right to make a chowder. Or chowdah, if you’re like my husband and like to pretend you’re from Boston. Seriously. Every time :/

This bacon corn chowder was the perfect way to warm up on a cold, rainy night. I you enjoy it!

Oh, and one last note: If you’re not a fan of bacon (I promise I won’t judge you), or you wanted to make this a vegetarian friendly chowder, you can easily leave it out. You can also substitute frozen corn if you can’t get your hands on any fresh cobs.

375g package of bacon, sliced into 1/2″ pieces

1 Cup onion, diced

1/2 Cup shallot, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 Cup potato, diced

3 Cups chicken broth

2 Cups heavy cream

3 Cups corn (about 3 cobs)

1/4 Cup chives

salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot over medium heat, fry the bacon until crisp. Leaving the drippings in the pot, remove the bacon and set aside.

Add the onions, shallots and garlic to the pot. Saute for a few minutes until just starting to sweat. Stir in the potatoes, scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Next, stir in the chicken broth, immediately followed by the cream. It’s important to add the cream immediately, before the broth gets too hot, to avoid separation and curdling.

After the broth and cream have been added,  stir in the corn and the reserved bacon. Bring the chowder to a simmer over low-medium heat, stirring occasionally. Continue cooking for 10 – 15 minutes until everything is heated through. Garnish with the chives. Serves 4 – 6.

 

 

 

 

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Seafood Chowder

Seafood Chowder

Seafood Chowder

 

Lately, the weather here on the west coast has been nothing short of spectacular. So nice, in fact, that my azalea bush has started blooming in my front yard. We’ve been extremely spoiled weather wise, especially given that the rest of the country has been blanketed with freezing temperatures and snow. All the nice weather has got me dreaming of summer. When I think of summertime food, I immediately begin to think of all the things I want to Continue reading

Spicy Prawn Soup

Spicy Prawn Soup

Spicy Prawn Soup

 

This soup is a variation of one of my mother in law’s favourite recipes. She calls her recipe zuppa soup, but I’ve changed the name to Spicy Prawn Soup to better describe it. Let me just say that I have a really hard time following recipes, which might seem pretty obvious given that the first thing I did was change the name of this one. When it came time to make the soup, I couldn’t help myself, I had to make a few little tweaks. That’s how I cook, feeling my way through a recipe and tweaking little things as I go. I feel that recipes are really more of a Continue reading

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup

Last week we were away in Disneyland. It was so much fun and so exhausting. There was also so much to eat. From the candy and treats to the gigantic smoked turkey legs to the character dinners, food was everywhere. Well, some food was everywhere, fruits and veggies were a bit harder to find. I usually start my day with a fruit and veggie smoothie and from there make sure to include them in every meal or snack. Needless to say, after a week of not meeting my typical daily fruit/veg allotment, I was feeling a bit sluggish and gross. I vowed to make the next week much healthier. So to the menu board I went. I came up with a few new ideas, but the first one had to be something to warm us all up. When we left Disneyland the weather was beautiful, 22 degrees Celcius (that’s 72 degrees Farenheit) and sunny. When we stepped off the plane at home it was below freezing and windy. Talk about a shock to the system.  Not that I’m complaining, I live on the west coast of Canada. Our winters/autumns are quite mild compared to the rest of the country. I’m just more of a summer weather kinda girl.

This fall, I’ve been making a lot of soups. This is a bit new for me. Aside from a couple of favourites that I make from time to time, soup is not something I usually excited about, nor is it something I make very often. Lately, it seems to be on the menu almost weekly. If I had to choose a favourite soup (aside from the French Onion Soup that I posted a few weeks ago) it would have to be tomato soup, preferably with either a grilled cheese or tuna sandwich on the side (for dipping, of course). Made from scratch, tomato soup is super healthy, and this recipe is very easy to make. It can also be made mostly ahead of time. If that’s your plan make sure to leave the cream out until you’re ready to reheat the soup. Enjoy!

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup

10 roma tomatoes

1 head of garlic

1- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 small onion

1 tbsp dried basil

1 tbsp butter

1/2 Cup light cream or whole milk

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

fresh basil for garnish

Preheat oven to 375 degrees farenheit.

Cut the top off the head of garlic and place it on a baking sheet along with the tomatoes. Drizzle with the olive oil. Roast in the oven for about 35 minutes (the garlic might need a few extra minutes). Set aside until cool enough to handle.

While the tomatoes and garlic are roasting, dice up your onion. Heat the butter in a small pan and saute the onion and basil for about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Remove the skins from the tomatoes and the paper from the garlic. Place in a blender or food processor along with the onions. Blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into a soup pot and over low heat, stir in the balsamic vinegar and cream. Serve once it has been heated through.

NOTE: If you find the soup a bit too thick,  you can add a little bit of water or some extra cream to thin it out.

French Onion Soup

I’ve been making a lot of soups lately and comfort food, in general. It’s been cold and rainy outside and I’ve been huddled up inside wandering around my kitchen. It’s my favourite place to be and is the centre of our home. French onion soup has always been one of my favourites. I make it fairly often throughout the fall and winter. Obviously it tastes great, makes your home smell amazing and warms you up, but I think one of the overlooked  benefits of making this recipe is that you absolutely, must open a bottle of red wine. And, if you must open a bottle of wine, you really shouldn’t let it go to waste. One glass for the pot, one glass for me…….

French Onion Soup

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

4 large onions, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp sugar

1 Cup red wine

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

4 Cups beef broth

2 tbsp thyme

1 tbsp rosemary

salt to taste

1 Cup gruyere cheese, grated

1 baguette

 

Heat the butter and olive oil in a large pot. Add onions and garlic. Cook until softened and beginning to brown. Stir in the red wine and cook for 5 minutes longer. Add in the balsamic vinegar, beef broth, thyme and rosemary. Stir well. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding salt if necessary.

While the soup is simmering, slice the baguette. Brush lightly with olive oil and broil until lightly toasted. Set aside

To finish, ladle the soup into an oven safe bowl. Top with a slice of the toasted baguette and a handful of cheese. Place the bowl in the oven and broil until golden and bubbly.

 

 

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