Corn Chowder, totally inspired by the neighbor boys

It’s so hot outside that so far this week I have cooked, but I have not had to think about what to cook. First I made spaghetti sauce inspired by my mother in law’s, then I made the best raspberry chicken that I have ever made, inspired by Tom next door. Then today Tom inspired me again with his potato corn chowder. I had to look up a recipe however, because I cannot wing it like Tom unless I am making pizza, pasta, or a frittata. So here is my version, or I mean it’s from The New Basics cookbook by Julee Russo and Sheila Lukens. I used Matt’s lovely fresh potatoes, corn from Rufener’s that I froze last year, and peppers that Kim grew on our lower deck in pots.

Corn Chowder

4 oz. sliced bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces

2 tbsp. unsalted butter

2 cups chopped onions

2 tbsp. flour

4 cups chicken broth

2 large potatoes ( I used the 4  we got in our share last week and I did not peel them), cut into a dice

1 cup half and half

4 cups cooked corn kernels, drained

3/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper

salt, to taste

1 large red bell pepper (we had 2 kind of cubanelle looking peppers), cut into a dice

3 scallions, cut up

1 tbsp. cilantro, for garnish

1. wilt the bacon in a large soup pot over low heat for about 5 minutes. Add the butter and allow it to melt.

2. Add the onions and wilt over low heat for 10 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring, another 5 minutes.

3. Add the stock and the potatoes. continue cooking over medium low heat for 12-15 minutes or until the potatoes are just tender.

4. Add the half and half, corn, pepper, and salt. cook 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

5. Add the bell pepper and scallions, adjust the seasonings, and cook an additional 5 minutes. Serve immediately, garnished with cilantro.


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About carolyngalizio

Kim and I are the parents here. We've been married a long time and love to be in the kitchen together. Over the years we have become more interested in eating food that is not only delicious, but also healthy and as local as possible. Kim likes to make meat, and I like to make vegetarian dishes . Just what happens at our house! We happen to really love all of the others who write on this blog!

2 thoughts on “Corn Chowder, totally inspired by the neighbor boys

  1. jeffchild

    Yummy who doesn’t love non beff stew that’s white with potatoes haha….or as Tom likes to call it chowder

  2. theneighborboys

    Carolyn, that looks delicious. I love seeing how we can make dishes with the same title that still have distinctive looks and taste. Your comment on winging it made me laugh. Because I started baking before cooking, it took me the longest time to dare to deviate from a recipe even the slightest bit. Now my favorite thing to do is look up a few recipes online for the same dish to spot the overlaps and the variations. Then I just play with whatever happens to be in the kitchen. That approach has been very useful to emptying the CSA box each week.


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