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Forecast: Soup

Posted by Jeanne on December 15, 2009

Today it is unbearably cold.  It was -2F when I left the house this morning to go to the gym.  The high was 11F.  Yay winter.  Why do we not live… ANYWHERE warmer?  Clearly we are insane.

Anyway.  Cold like this requires soup.  Days like today (long, difficult) require easy recipes.  This one did just the trick.

Corn Chowder, modified from the recipe linked above – Cooking Light, August 2007

Serves 2 to 3


1 TB olive oil

0.5 tsp bacon salt  (You don’t have bacon salt?  You need it and you can buy it here.  Real bacon is far superior, but bacon salt is both kosher and vegetarian – the hickory flavor is even vegan, but I used peppered.)

1.75 cups diced onion

3.5 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels

1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme (I used dried – it’s December.  The herbs are dead.  Woe is us.)

2 cloves of garlic, minced

3 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup half-and-half

8 ounces of potatoes, chopped

Salt & pepper


Warm olive oil; add onion and bacon salt and cook 8 minutes or until softened, stirring occasionally. Add corn, thyme, and garlic to pan; cook a couple of minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in broth, milk, half-and-half, and potatoes and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook about 12 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.

Transfer 2 cups of soup to a blender.  Remove the center piece of the lid and place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth; return pureed mixture to pan. Stir in salt and black pepper and serve.

Ok, it is really hard to take nice pictures of soup.  But this soup it tasty and it took about 35 minutes from taking the first onion out of the pantry to eating.

Kira is doing better – her lowest point appears to have been on Saturday morning, and she is making progress.  It is very slow going, and we miss her very much.  We hope she will be home soon and relaxing on the couch with us.

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