Monday, January 24, 2011

How About Some Nice, Warm Chowder...?

With the weather being cold and damp in most parts of the country, I figured that it might be good to have a steaming bowl of chowder!

I started having corn chowder last year...and it has quickly become one of my favorites! I found this particular recipes in the Almanac, and since it's so easy and can be made with things you probably already have on hand it seemed to be just the thing.

Corn Chowder

Out of season, two cans (16 ounces each) of cream-style corn may be substituted for the fresh. Either way, you'll hear calls for seconds. "Common crackers" are the approximately two-inch grooved crackers so long served with chowder. After a period out of fashion, they are now being made again and are available at most "country" stores.

Yield: Makes 8 generous servings.

* 6 to 8 medium ears of fresh corn, shucked
* 5 to 6 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced
* 1 medium onion, sliced
* 4 tablespoons butter
* 5 cups milk, plus extra (approx. 1/2 cup) for soaking the crackers
* Salt and pepper to taste
* 8 to 10 common crackers, split

Cook corn in a covered kettle with a little water for about 12 minutes. Remove corn and add potatoes and onion to the corn water; cook slowly until just soft. Slice corn from cobs with a sharp knife and add to the kettle along with butter and 5 cups of the milk. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Hold on a warm burner without further boiling for 30 to 60 minutes to gather flavor. About 25 minutes before serving, set the crackers to soak in the remaining milk (takes about 20 minutes). Then add them to the soup and serve.

Soup and chowder have always been one of those "comfort foods" that can make the most dreary day a lot more enjoyable, ya know? The fact that this one is so much easier to make than many others is a big plus!

If you make enough to share, I'll be more than happy to share a big ol' bowl with you! Heck, I'll even make a fresh batch of cornbread!

Coffee in the kitchen sound OK to you? Fresh biscuits on the stove there!


Mayberry said...

Man, that sounds good on this rainy night...

HermitJim said...

Hey Mayberry...
Does sort of hit the spot, what with all this miserable, damp weather we are having!

I think I'm starting to go on a soup, chowder, and chili binge!

Gotta pass the rest of the Winter well fed, right?

Thanks, buddy, for coming by!

Ben in Texas said...

Don't take this personal Sir Hermit,but guess I'll pass on your corn soup thing.To me, it just doesn't sound good. Maybe I am not the corn lover like you are?

Rae said...

Sounds really good to me. I make something similar and it is perfect for serving during our cold weather season up here in the north. Hope all is well with you. Take care friend.

linda m said...

Sounds really yummy to me, especially on cold days like we are having. Thanks for posting the recipe.

JoJo said...

Good Morning My Special One,
That sounds really good to me with the corn bread Yummmmmm. Now that might be something to make and take along on the trip. The days should be sunny and warm but when the sun goes down so does the temp real fast.

Dizzy-Dick said...

I don't want to hurt your feeling, it does sound good to me, but my wife and I will not eat anything that contains corn or peanuts, since they are univesally contaminated with micotoxins.

HermitJim said...

Hey Ben...
No offense taken, my friend! I didn't think it sounded good before I had it the first time, but really like it now!

Funny how our taste change a little as we get older!

Thanks for the visit today, buddy!

Hey Rae...
Always a pleasure to see you! I hope that you and the family are doing well!

Probably a lot of different versions of this recipe around! Seems like a good way to make use of the pantry goods that need to be rotated!

Of course, I tend to like to eat a lot more during the Winter months...guess I'm getting ready to hibernate or something!

Hey, I sure appreciate you coming by today!

Hey Linda...
Certainly my pleasure! I enjoy different versions of some of the foods I like! Guess I am always looking for new ways to fix my favorites!

I do like soups, stews, chili, and chowder a lot! But then, I like sandwiches a lot as well!

Being single, I can eat whatever I want whenever I want! Sure makes it easy!

Thanks, my friend, for coming over today!

Hey JoJo...
Ya know, it might just be the thing to have along on your camping trip! Might make those colder nights a little warmer!

Rain is store for here for the next couple of days! At least the wind isn't blowing real hard!

Thanks, sweetie, for coming by today!

Hey Dizzy...
I have never heard that! I didn't know that peanuts and corn weren't good for you.

I just can't imagine NOT having corn or peanut butter! I like them both!

I really appreciate you coming by today, my friend!

commoncents said...

Thanks 4 posting Jim!

Common Cents

Jane said...

I have never had chowder, but I will definitely try this,sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharring.Blessings jane

HermitJim said...

Hey Steve...
I seem to be addicted to posting something nearly every day!

Some days it isn't much, but I feel I've skipped a task if I don't say something, ya know?

Good to see you again, my friend! Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Jane...
I always think of chowder as a thick soup! Best way I can think of to describe it!

I like things that are easy to fix...and this dish certainly fits the bill!

I appreciate you taking the time to drop in today!

Ken said...

...sounds like the Mrs chicken'tater soup...i mean chowder,obviously without the chicken know me by now,i gots to have me meat makes it,and sumtimes she adds carrots and/or peas too(our mixtures always change,depending on the pantry rotation)...
...yep,the only good thing about the cold is the soups/stews and chili...

Marjie said...

My mother and her mother always made this with canned corn. I remember it fondly.

vlad said...

2 lb ground beef chuck
2 cups dry oatmeal
15 oz Ranch Style beans
one tablespoon
chili powder
two tablespoons
one teaspoon
Boil meat and oatmeal in 6 cups water until done.
Put spices in 2/3 cup water. Shake well. Stir into chili.
Add Ranch Style beans.
Stir well.