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Monday, October 08, 2007

Can Soup Weather be Far Off?

It just has to get cooler here soon. The local meteorologists tell us that we are in for a welcome change Tuesday. When it gets cooler, nothing tastes quite so good as a bowl of hot, hearty and comforting soup. Rich, creamy chowder is a favorite comfort food...reassuring, full-bodied, and very delicious. And it's easier to make than a lot of cream soups because you don't have to puree anything. Easier is better right?
2 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 rib celery, finely chopped
5 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
1 large all-purpose potato, peeled and diced
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon salt, to taste
1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Black pepper, to taste
Fresh dill or parsley for garnish, chopped
1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan or medium soup pot. 2. Stir in the onion and celery. 3. Partially cover the pan and cook the vegetables over moderate heat for 9 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 4. Add the chicken stock, corn, potato, and salt and bring the mixture to a low boil. 5. Lower the heat, cover the pot, and simmer for about 7 minutes, until the potatoes are just tender. 6. In a small bowl, whisk together the cream and flour. 7. Stir the mixture into the soup with the pepper. 8. Bring the soup back to a low boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 8 minutes. 9. Serve hot, garnished with herbs.


Pamela said...

I love corn chowder.
I'll be there for lunch.
Crackers or croutons?


Tammy said...

Yum! I've never tried making chowder but this sounds delicious!

Terri said...

Sounds wonderful! Let me know when you cook some up and I'll be over to taste test for you! LOL

I don't know when it will be fall here. It has been hot, muggy and in the 80s! Not very fall like at all.

Thanks for the recipe.
God bless.

angelsamoungus said...

Soup sounds wonderful to me :) Now don't count your chickens before they hatch. We will be getting the cold weather here shortly :) I have to travel to a seminar next week and I am hoping that the weather will not be so cold :)

Take care,

A wildlife gardener said...

thank you for introducing yourself on my blog and for your very kind words re the loss of my wonderful Jaffa-cat.

I love your true those words are. Thanks for the recipe. I must try it soon.

Sheila said...

Dear Sue, this soup sounds just what we will need in the next month or so. Today, Thanksgiving here in Canada, has dawned damp and misty, real Autumn weather, but, it is expected to go up to 30C. Unheard of!

Thanks for your comment, I made sure to have my sound on when I came to your blog this morning, as I don't usually and I heard Nat King Cole, and his French version for the first time. We obviously like the same music.
Love and big hugs

justabeachkat said...


This sounds wonderful. I love soups all year, but especially in the Fall and Winter. I love to add a little "liquid smoke" to my corn chowder. It makes it wonderful. Have you ever tried it?

Okay, now I'm in the mood for soup.


daisy cottage said...

Good Morning Sue!
Oh yum! This DOES sound delicious! I agree, bring on the cool weather! We are burning up down here in the south! Thank you for sharing this recipe with us!

Valerie said...

mamma loves her some corn chowdah. i'll bring the muffins!

PAT said...

Hello Sue...
I love corn chowder. One of the first things I made, after I bought the Elsah Landing(IL) Cookbook, many years ago, was Corn Chowder.

We are expecting cooler temps this week. We'll be going to the lake Friday. Not many opportunities, for that, this busy fall. I plan to make soup, over the weekend. Perhaps we can sit on our deck, enjoy the lake, with a good bowl of homemade soup!


Jenny said...

That looks absolutely delectable.

Jolene George said...

Now that is my kind of soup! YUM! I love soup so much. A bowl would be perfect right now because all my windows are open and it's chilly in the house. It's suppse to warm up, so I should hut them all to trap the coolness in. :o)

Sugar Bear said...

Chowder - definitely one of my favorite things - any and all varieties of it! This looks awesome. Can't wait to try.

Mary said...

Dear Sue,
Oh my gosh, my mouth is watering! It is still quite hot here, but by Thursday it's supposed to get slightly better. I'm saving your recipe for that wonderful, crisp fall day that I have to believe is just around the corner! :)

Sandra said...

Oh I love it, thank you for sharing the great recipe :)

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

Now this I might be able to make!! Sounds delicious!!

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Ah...I was just thinking about soup weather too.....
pasta e fagiola, I have a copy cat recipe from Olive Garden. My H loves it. Your corn chowder sounds delish!

It is 88 here today! Where is fall?
Hugs, DebraK

jbrealtor said...

I read a recipe for salmon and corn chowder recently...could have been in Cottage Living. I will have to look for it because it sounds perfect now that the temp is down in Massachusetts.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Well hello SusieQ. I am thrilled you found my blog and I am honored to be on your list and I added you too because I absolutely loved reading your blog. And I will keep your recipe and use it just as soon as we get some nice cool Fall weather.'s so hot and humid here today that that was my blog post for today. I'm a Hottie. Please visit me often. The door is always open ~ Lynn

Tammy J said...

I'm all ready...I've got the ingredients for taco!! Now if the weather would just cooperate.....

Love & Hugs!

Melissa said...

It's still warm here, but, at my husband's request, I'm trying out a new tortilla soup recipe tonight. We got it off a new Discovery Health Channel show called Just Cook This.

It did just start raining, so maybe that'll cool it off some!

Tammy518 said...

Sounds and looks yummy! And so easy! I'm printing this out to make. Sigh...if it would only cool down some!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Love corn bisque, love veggie soup...Tonight we had Navy Bean Soup, with ham....Yummy!

Rosemary said...

The corn chowder sounds great! Can't wait to try that one.

jbrealtor said...

Found the salmon and corn chowder recipe and it was in Cottage Living ( sometimes the brain still works...amazing!) and it was delicious and must be good for you, it has Omega 3s.

Michelle said...

I love potato soups and chowder (well except clam as I don't like seafood LOL) but this sounds great! and looks so perfect for a cool night!

Terri and Bob said...

Lucky us! New recipes for us to try!

smilnsigh said...

Ohh yes! I love Fall and Winter soups!! Husband {'The Chef'} is getting into it. :-)


Kari said...

An "all-purpose" potato? That's funny. Even a non-cook like myself could probably manage to find one of those. lol
I've outed you on my blog, you Robot Chicken watcher. No, deserved it. Watching that nonsense at your age. (Great show, though, isn't it??)
I'm trying to catch up on a few blogs. I've got the Direct TV guy coming over this afternoon so I need to get busy clearing a path through all the rooms so he can locate the televisions. I so hate it when strangers come over and see what pigs we are around here. (It's okay if family sees it - they ALREADY know that my life as a housewife is a sham!)lol

Meggie said...

Sue: Thanks so much for the corn chowder recipe. Even a simple gal like myself can follow the instructions. I think the weather here in Western Pa is finally cooling off a bit, hope it is where you are too.