I wasn't going to post tonight. I really need to get started on the first day of my new Photoshop Class! But we had such a simple and yummy dinner that I couldn't help but share. I know my neighbor will be looking for this recipe after our 'Cul-de-Sac Rendez-Vous' this afternoon. I go out to check the mail about 4 or 5 and since we have the 'communal lock-box', everyone sees you when you go out—especially if they are out playing with the kids, as Lori happened to be! But if you wear your robe to the mailbox, just be prepared for someone to meet you with a cup o' joe! (actually, the mail arrives in the afternoon, so we'd be more likely to be met with a glass of iced tea, juice, or wine! And if you're in your robe at 4 or 5 PM, . . . well, maybe you're just having a VERY lazy day! That's OK, too!) I've never been met at the mailbox with a beverage of any kind so I really am fantasizing here!
Back to the story. . . I go out, Lori is out with the kids letting them soak in some Vitamin D, have light saber fights, and score soccer goals, and she and I get chatting. I mention what I'm making for dinner and she said, "Soup? In the summer? But I'm so hot!" I totally agreed and would have rather made this soup yesterday (when it was 60˚!) or tomorrow when it is supposed to rain again, instead of today when it's 80˚. However, I'll be on a plane at dinner time tomorrow so tonight was the night. Ken and I subscribe to the Sunset Wine Club and recommend that if you don't already, that you start soon! You can choose two whites, two reds, one white/one red, whatever. . . you choose! That's the way the West is: whatever you want! Every month, the selection shows up along with recipes to complement. So we got a great Chardonnay from California along with a recipe for a Summer Chicken and Corn Chowder. I read it, hesitated with the heat, but decided to go for it! It was well worth it. I'm posting it here with full credit given to Sunset and their kitchen or wherever they got it from!
Chicken and Corn Chowder
Starting LineUP: bacon, onion, roasted chicken, corn-on-the-cob, avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, cream (not shown), flour (not shown), pepper. . .
- You know I can't make a recipe without a few changes and adaptations of my own. I wish I could, but I just know from reading an ingredient list whether I think I would like it as is or not. So I used 4 pieces of bacon instead of 2. And the family still said I should've used more. I agree.
- I have to mention what a great job Ben did chopping the potatoes. I get so weary of preparing meals by myself, serving them (I do, however, get great satisfaction out of their enjoyment of the meal!), and then before I've hardly taken my last bite, they are off to do fun stuff. The table is still filled with dirty dishes (not fun), that still have to be washed (not fun), and to beat all, I'm alone (not fun!). So tonight, I decided that they would help prepare the meal they would inhale! Ben is really good in the kitchen and will make a great husband one day. If he's anything like his dad, he won't 'long' to be in the kitchen, but if his beautiful woman is there, he'll do anything she says and do it well! It's my job to train him to do it well, so here we go!! Hopefully, his wife will recognize that, huh?! And appreciate him ever so much more. He'll deserve it. His tiny chopping reminded me of my own dad. Mom used to say that if she wanted a salad made right, she'd ask him to do it!
- I'll also mention that the bacon I used was not very fatty. Surprise! So before I added the flour, I added a bit of olive oil to the bacon and onion. Strange happenings.
- I used fresh corn cobs and cut the corn off. I recommend more than the suggested three cobs unless they are large cobs with bulging kernels.
- I also recommend picking up a roasted chicken from the grocery unless you want to spend all day putting this chowder on. And since it's summer, I'm sure you don't want the oven on to roast a chicken! You could, however, roast a couple of birds, shred them, and freeze the meat. That works, too, but I don't usually think that far in advance. I wish I did.
- Did you know that cilantro is full of Vitamin B?! Pile it on, Baby!
So here's what you need:
Makes 6 servings
- 2 slices bacon, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 T. all-purpose flour
- 1 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 6 c. reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 4 c. shredded cooked chicken (from a 2 ½-3 lb. roasted chicken)
- 3 c. fresh corn kernels (cut from about 3 ears)
- ¼-1/2 c. heavy whipping cream
- 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and chopped
- 1 c. loosely packed cilantro leaves
- 2 limes, cut into wedges
- Freshly ground black pepper
And here's what you do:
In a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat, cook bacon, stirring often, until fat is rendered and meat stats to brown. Add onion, reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with four and stir until flour smells toasty, but hasn't started to brown, about 3 minutes
Add potatoes and broth. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are barely tender when pierced, about 5 minutes. Add chicken and corn and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and stir in cream to taste. Heat through, about 2 minutes. Serve in soup bowls, garnished with tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, a squeeze or two of lime juice, and pepper taste.
How summery and heavenly does that look?!
Most of us put the garnishes on. . . Ben did not. However, we all gave it a thumbs up. We'll make it again!
I recommend you make this soup on a rainy summer day if you live in the Northwest USA, in Paris, Iceland, or Siberia. Those climates should all adapt well to soup-in-summer! Or late Spring/early Fall . . . in any climate.
And one of the best parts of the evening . . . that lovely husband of mine whose mother trained him well had the kids reappear in the kitchen and help clean up. I was close to finished when Ben came in and he said, "Wow! This place cleans up fast!"
Yeah, Bud, that's what happens when I work while you eat ice cream! Gotta love the kid.