With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 9/18/11 - 9/25/11

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!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Note

It takes a lot to knock me off my feet, but this illness got me.
Just a head cold but packing a wallop of persistent dry coughing and now sinus.
Better than any medicine was this note and rose I found as I shuffled into the kitchen this morning.

There are places I'll remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places had their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more

Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more
In my life I love you more
~John Lennon/Paul McCartney~


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