With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Corn Chowder

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Corn Chowder

When you've had a head cold for a week with sinus's so packed even your teeth hurt, a happy face does a soul good.  And if eating with a spoon that has a belly button doesn't tickle your fancy well I guess it's time for more cough medicine.
A local restaurant (Copperfield's) that featured my all-time favorite Corn Chowder each Friday closed up shop a few years ago. I was so sad.  I tried lots of recipes but none came close.

Then I tried this Jamie Oliver Recipe for Corn Chowder
adapted on my friends blog There's Always Thyme to Cook
It is very good!  Maybe not exactly like Copperfield's but close.

Here is my slightly adapted recipe from Jamie Oliver's original recipe.
Corn Chowder
• 1 celery stalk
• 1 medium onion
• 1½ tablespoons butter
• ½ teaspoon dried thyme
• 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (I used 1 1/2 Tbs. flour for slightly thicker chowder)
• 3 cups 1% milk (I used 2 cups of 2% milk plus 1 cup evaporated milk for creaminess)
• 1 medium Yukon Gold potato, peeled and cut into little cubes (I did not peel my potato and cut into 1/4-inch pieces)
• 3 scallions
• 2 cups frozen corn
• ¼ cup chopped fresh chives and/or parsley (optional) (I used chives)

Pull the leaves from the celery stalks and set them aside. Chop your celery and onion.
Heat the butter in a medium saucepan over a medium heat. Add the celery (not the leaves), onion, and thyme. Stir until the vegetables start to brown.

Sprinkle the flour over the veggies and stir for a few more minutes. Pour in the milk, add the potato and bring to a boil, stirring the whole time so the soup doesn’t stick to the pot. Cook until the potatoes are tender, but not mushy – this will take around 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, chop the celery leaves, trim the ends off the scallions and slice them thinly. When the potatoes are tender, stir in the corn, scallions and celery leaves. Bring the soup back to the boil, then serve

  • I did not add any salt and thought I would see how it tasted at the end.  I am not a salt lover but I felt it was bland so I dissolved 2 chicken bouillon cubes into the soup.
  • I also added pepper
  • And... a splash of sherry!  Totally optional but an added layer of flavor.
  • Stir the chowder frequently to prevent burning on the bottom of the pot.
  • Top with cooked bacon, if desired
  • Stir in crab or imitation, crab if desired.
Linking to Foodie Friday @Designs by Gollum!


Martha said...

Sorry your not feeling well! The chowder sounds delicious. I think I'll have to try it sometime and pass the recipe on to my Mom. She would like it too! Hope you feel better soon!btw I love the spoon and the mug :) and the fact that you see humor in something must mean you feel better, eh?

Four on the Shore said...

looks delicious! Can't wait to try it!

Maple Lane said...

The spoon definitely brings a smile...remember Gumby??

The recipe sounds so good, especially for a cool day. Thanks for the recipe.

Hope you feel much better very soon.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

This looks delicious! And I've been looking for a corn chowder recipe, I love it! Glad you're feeling better. I've had sinus infections and they are the worse!!! And yes, everything hurts on your face.

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

Yum.yum. Love your modifications and now I think this is what I want for dinner.

Now about that spoon-- how adorable! Was that for your grandkids? Looks hard to eat with but who cares.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Hope you feel better! Glad you liked the soup, next time I'll try the evaporated milk, that's a great idea. That's a very cute spoon, LOL!

Sandy said...

This chowder sounds just delicious.
Think I'll try it tomorrow since
the weather is turning cooler.
I do hope you feel stronger soon.
Been thinking of you...

Sherry from Alabama said...

Love the mug and spoon! They made me smile. I'm having sinus trouble too. I've been waking up with achy cheek bones in the morning. Hope you feel better soon!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I'm so glad you are seeing the lighter side of life with all you've been through this month. I love the spoon :)

I've never made corn chowder but I've been stashing away the recipes lately. It looks delicious!

Julie said...

Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well! I've been wondering how you were doing!!

That spoon is the cutest spoon ever!

Sue said...

So sorry you haven't been well LDH, and hope you are on the upward swing.The corn chowder looks delicious,and the spoon just to cute!
I read your post "the Note, and thought it was absolutely precious. now get plenty of rest, and have some of that delicious corn chowder.
Thanks for sharing,

Susan said...

Dear LDH...Oh, I hope SO MUCH that you are on the mend. Your corn chowder looked lush. Susan

Petra said...

Sounds like just what the doctor ordered. hope you feel better. This chowder looks delicious!

Ann said...

I've never been a fan of corn chowder but it sure does look good in the picture. I think anything would be fun to eat with a cute little spoon like that.
Hope you're feeling better

Just a little something from Judy said...

It is a rainy, cool, overcast Friday and this will just hit the spot. I have corn in my freezer. Thanks for tweeking the recipe and then sharing it with us. So kind of you.

Kathleen said...

I hope that soup hit the spot for you!

I have never made corn chowder. I bought a lot of potatoes at the farm, and I am cooking a ham, so I know potato soup and ham will be showing up.

Feel better!

Snap Peas said...

Your soup (I like your modifications) sounds delish - with tons of fresh corn on hand, I'm going to give this a try. LOVE the photo - so cute!

Jeane` said...

I love a recipe with ingredients that actually are on hand! Thank you for the comfort food suggestion. I'll make it tomorrow for lunch.

myfudo said...

This is another one of those eye catching chowder. 'Got an idea what to do on our backyard corns. Thanks for sharing.

Maggie Ann said...

Your corn chowder looks delish! I may try to convert it a bit. I am now eating a gluten free diet..no flour and wa laa! What a difference it has made in my life!~~ I prayed for your Aunt Stella to come to Christ & be saved. How precious to to have the gospel to share. I would like more one on one opportunities. Hope you have a restful weekend.

Our daughter & grandsons just flew back home this morning. What a grand week we had together. =) =) =)

Dayle said...

So sorry you've been under the weather. That chowder looks like the cure, though. :) It's almost the time of year when I can't get enough soup.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Yumm! Your corn chowder looks delicious! & I love the little spoon! Too cute!

Blessings & Aloha!
Prayers for your full recovery!

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

Hello LDH,

Your soup looks delish and I adore your extroverted spoon! Corn chowder is a beloved soup at our house and your recipe is different than mine. I look forward to giving it a try and pinned it for cooler days. We are still in the high 80's and 90's here....loving it!


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