It’s that time of year for those of us who grow gardens. The produce is coming in and we have to scurry like squirrels to put it all away. Fresh green beans and new potatoes. Juicy sliced tomatoes or sweet cherry tomatoes popping in your mouth. With the vagaries of the weather this summer – buckets of rain in June and the beginnings of a drought now – I feel lucky to be able to pluck anything at all from the garden. But we always say that. Some years it’s too many zucchinis. This year, none. I even had to replant the green beans. We can never quite predict what the bounty will be.
With all of these fresh veggies, we’re making soups -vegetable, minestrone, and fresh tomato. Sometimes Thick Kale soup with smoked sausage. But this morning I picked the first batch of sweet corn. I think this variety is peaches and cream and it’s so so good. We’ll put most in the freezer but I made a triple batch of one of our favorite soups, Corn Chowder. I thought I’d share this family favorite recipe with you. You can use canned corn but fresh is better.
|· ½ pound bacon cut up fine||· 2 cups milk|
|· 1 small onion, cut fine||· 3 tablespoons cornstarch|
|· 1 – 2 potatoes, cubed||· 1 ½ teaspoons salt|
|· 1 cup water or chicken broth (or both)||· ¼ teaspoon fresh grated black pepper|
|· 1 ½ cups corn cut fresh off the cob (or canned)||· Couple of dashes of garlic powder|
In a large soup pot (6 -8 quarts or larger if you increase the recipe), saute bacon until soft and half cooked. Drain the fat. Add chopped onion and stir. Cook until soft. Add cubed potatoes and stir. Partially cook (about 5 minutes). Add water or broth, corn, spices and bring to low boil. Stir in milk. Bring back to simmer. Make a slurry of the cornstarch (mix it with a little water), then slowly pour in while stirring. This will thicken the soup. Simmer until potatoes are done, adding additional milk or broth to thin. Serves 6 -8.
That’s pretty much it. You will want to double or triple this recipe because it is sooooo good. Serve with fresh hearty bread or cornbread.