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Corn and Cheese Chowder

on 10/27/2011

Boy, has this house been smelling gooood today!  It wasn’t all planned but you do what ya gotta, right?  They’re saying it’s going to dip into the frosty digits tonight (boo!), so today was drag-in-the-plants/harvest-the-last-of-the-peppers/pick-wash-dry-and/or-freeze-herbs day.  The next time i have to buy bottled spices and start to gripe about the price, i’ll remember today!  Very time consuming but really cool and the house did smell like an Italian restaurant.

Oregano...not catnip

With the weather starting to cool, everyone is talking soup.  One of my very best friends from high school, Paul, asked if i had a recipe for Corn Chowder.  Unfortunately that is one recipe that was not in my recipe box or my folder of  goodies, but he’s a wonderful person so you better believe i was gonna search for one.  Actually, if you would, say a prayer for my buddy.  He’s been going thru some very, very tough times with his health and he could sure use some prayer…and some corn chowder!

If you are food blog lover, you won’t have a difficult time guessing where i found an absolutely WONDERFUL recipe.  Ever heard of Ree Drummond aka The Pioneer Woman?  If not, treat yourself and check out her site (http://thepioneerwoman.com).  This is just how fortuitous my trip there was–guess what her post for yesterday just happened to be?  Yep, Corn and Cheese Chowder!  How cool is that?!?  Now, i’ll have to tell you–she outshines me in every way.  Her website is way cooler.  Her photos are beautiful.  Her writing is funny and fantastic.  Shucks, you’ll probably never come back here after you’ve seen her stuff.  But that’s okay.  I’ll be reading her right along with ya’. ;0)

We had the Corn and Cheese Chowder for supper and, boy, did it deliver!  The only things i did differently were 1) i used frozen corn because i didn’t have fresh and 2) skipped the bread bowls.  The frozen corn was just fine (i let it thaw before i added it) and we didn’t need the bread bowls anyway.

Hope you and my com padre’ enjoy Ree’s Chowder!  It’s definitely a keeper in this household.

Corn and Cheese Chowder

4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) butter

1 onion, chopped

3 slices of bacon, cut in pieces

3 bell peppers, finely diced (if you can use various colors, it looks really pretty)

5 ears corn, kernels sliced off (or 1–16 oz bag of frozen corn, thawed)

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

3 cups chicken stock or broth

2 cups half and half

1 cup (heaping) Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

1 cup (heaping) Pepper Jack cheese, shredded

1/3 cup sliced green onions

Bread Bowls

In a large pot, melt butter over medium-high heat. Cook onions for a couple of minutes. Add bacon and cook for a couple minutes. Add diced bell peppers and cook for a couple of minutes. Finally, add corn and cook for a minute.

Sprinkle flour evenly over the top and stir to combine. Pour in broth and stir well. Allow this to thicken for 3 or 4 minutes, then reduce heat to low. Stir in half-and-half, then cover and allow to simmer/thicken for 15 minutes or so.

april’s note: at this point, i put the chowder in the crock pot on warm until just before we were ready to eat.

Stir in cheeses and green onions. When cheese is melted and the soup is hot, check seasonings. Add salt and pepper as needed.  (We didn’t need any.)

Ladle into hollowed out boules (or bowls) and serve immediately.

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