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November 16, 2008

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I COOKED!!


I know, right?!




Jamie was talking about her Corn Chowder when we had coffee yesterday - it sounded so delicious, that I went over to Wal Mart and picked up the ingredients.
I made it this morning and had it ready for lunch after church. Corn Chowder, Cornbread, and Spice Pumpkin Cake...yum!
Jamie, I hope it's ok if I repeat your recipe here...it was so good, I have to share it! The best part is that we have leftovers for lunch tomorrow!
Cheese and Corn Chowder
Makes 12 cups
Saute; Sweat:
5 strips thick sliced bacon, diced
(I added a chicken breast that I sauteed up) optional
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp Olive oil
2 cups onion, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1/4 cup flour
2 tsp minced fresh thyme (I used dried, it's still good)
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp turmeric
Add; Garnish with
6 cups chicken broth
1 lb russet potatoes (I used red and yukon), peeled, diced
8 ears fresh corn, shucked, trimmed (4-5 cups kernels, I used frozen corn)
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup white Chedder cheese (I used Havarti and Gouda)
2 oz. cream cheese
Minced fresh chives ( I didn't have any so no biggie)
Saute bacon in a large pot over medium heat until crisp, 5 minutes; drain on a paper towel-lined plate and set aside. Pour off drippings, wipe out pot with a paper towel. I left a little grease in there at this point and sauteed up my chicken breast and then pulled it off and cut it up and set it aside also. Wipe out the pot again and return it to burner. Melt butter with oil, add onion and celery, and sweat until soft, 7-8 minutes. Stir in flour, thyme, salt, cayenne, and turmeric and cook 2 minutes.
Add broth, potatoes, and corn kernels. Bring to a boil, reduce to medium heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, 10-12 minutes. Stir in cream, both cheeses, bacon and chicken; simmer until cheese melts, about 5 minutes. Garnish with chives.
In other news of the weekend...the football team lost, so sadly (note the sarcasm), the football cheer season is over. I don't know what I'll do with all my free time after school!
I am so so so sad though that I won't get to see Jessica and Emersyn every day. Jess - I hope you're ready for me to come stalk your house because I'll just miss you guys so much! I have loved watching Emersyn learn new tricks and grow to be such a big girl the last couple months. She's *thisclose* to crawling, so maybe it's a good thing that she won't have the chance to crawl all over the stage floor. It's kinda gross. :)
This evening, I wrapped up a few craft projects. I have a few things for the church's Soup Supper Silent Auction on Wednesday, some Christmas presents, and some gifts for the cheerleaders. It feels good to have them done. I also got in a 2 hour nap today and read a little bit! I'm reading "Middlesex" by Jeffery Eugenides. It is one of the hardest books I've read in a long time - but Oprah suggested it, and I usually like the books she promotes. I checked it out from the library (with my brand spankin' new library card!) and it's due soon, so I need to get it done!
I really wanted to give Samson a little trim around the face today, but I think we'll wait for Melissa to get home and do it. I'm too scared.
I'm looking forward to a few days off next week for Thanksgiving - so here's to this week going by fast! :)

5 comments:

Mikaela said...

That corn chowder looks soooooo good! I'm not usually a fan of it, not sure why cause my mom's was good too, but I'm thinking it's November, and I need to start making some soups. The chicken breast in it sounds good too! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Smith Stuff said...

That is so funny, cause a day or two before I saw your note on Facebook I had a dream about inviting you to a friend's Pampered Chef party and woke up thinking, "Why didn't I invite her to mine? Oh, right..."

Smith Stuff said...

btw, it does look super yummy. I will have to try it once it drops below 70 down here... :O)

Smith Stuff said...

Because we're in different states... :O)

southwti said...

I'm so glad you tried it and liked it! See you can totally cook! It's not that bad!