Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Corn and Green Chile Chowder or Thank Goodness for Corn


Some days do not have gold or platinum linings. Some days do not have even silver. Some days just have corn. And thank goodness for corn. (I also could have used the word potatoes. As in thank goodness for potatoes. But I digress, because today is about corn.) Maybe tomorrow there will be potatoes. Of course, I could have added potatoes to this chowder, because then it would be chowder, which technically this isn't, because it has no potatoes. So shoot me...but wait until tomorrow. Because well, tomorrow is another day...

Some days are like rough cobblestones on bare feet. Some days are like sour milk. Some days are like flowers that never bloomed. Some days are like this. A massive mistake of butter, softened a bit too much. 



Some days are just wishful thinking for tomorrow.  And some days are for corn chowder, even if it doesn't have potatoes. But thank goodness for corn. And bacon. And goat cheese and salmon. Smoked salmon that is. Thank goodness for comfort in a bowl; as in soup or chowder, giving way to spoonfuls of rich, soothing, golden ladles straight into your pie hole.



It requires no talking. Just spooning. Just contemplating the next bite. Until you get up to refill. And then you start all over again. Which when I think about it, is what each day really is. Starting all over again. Trying to get something right. Whatever right may be. Finding that golden sunshine, those rays of warmth to help point you in the right direction, maybe only changing course by a couple of degrees.

Damn! All this philosophy and all I'm writing about is a cup of soup. Well, it is a really good cup of soup. Food has a way of doing that to me. Food can take me to places that I visited decades ago. Food has a story and it is called life. Enjoy it for all it's worth.




Corn and Green Chile Chowder
Serves 4
Ingredients:
2 T butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 minced garlic cloves
1 c fresh roasted or frozen green chilies seeded and chopped or Hatch Chilies
2 c chicken stock
3 ears of corn, cut off the cob (reserve about a cup)
1/2 t salt
1/2 t oregano
1 c half and half
1 c goat cheese
8 bacon slices, cooked to crisp
1/2 lb honey smoked salmon

Sriracha
3 T shredded basil

Directions:
Melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent. Add garlic and cook another minute. Stir in green chilies, chicken stock, most of the corn, salt and oregano. Cook until corn is soft. Now using your handy dandy hand blender, puree this. It will not be totally smooth. That is OK!

Now stir in the half and half. and the reserved corn. Heat, without boiling until the reserved corn is cooked through. When ready to serve garnish with goat cheese, bacon, and salmon. Dot with Sriracha. Sprinkle with basil. Get ready to ladle some golden goodness into your pie hole. Just perhaps there are silver linings!



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31 comments:

  1. Oooh, I'm so going to put green chiles in corn chowder! Although I'll add some potatoes, too. ;-) Really nice recipe. Love the colorful photos, too. And a cup of soup is a wonderful thing -- worth all the philosophy in the world, IMO. But I'm probably weird about food that way. ;-)

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    1. Yeah, us foodies can be pretty weird. But truly corn and chilies go together like peanut butter and jelly!

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  2. Oh I feel the sadness in that overly-melted butter and I agree that food can lift a day immensely. Hope this corn and chile dish did so for you!

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    1. Thanks, Holly! Manservant took the picture of the butter. He was amazed that the wrappers were still standing!

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  3. Now, this is what I call soup for the soul. It looks like a heartwarming bowl of sunshine. I really love how you've brought it alive with bacon and goat cheese.... slurpppPppp...

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    1. Oh Sharon! this was a good one. The goat cheese and bacon tasted great but the smokiness of the salmon was awesome!

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  4. I am happy with corn everyday! Corn and green chilli sound like perfect pairing for a comforting and delicious chowder. The photos are very beautiful, Abbe.

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    1. Thanks so much Angie! I love your photos so that is a compliment that i will take! Corn lovers unite!

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  5. Hahaha! You crack me up! Sorry about the butter thing. This soup is absolute perfection. You left off basil at the end of the recipe, btw.

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    1. Thanks Mimi! The butter recipe is coming up. Great soup and thanks for the basil correction. It does add flavor! Love to crack people up. Better than down!

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  6. Beautiful words! As beautiful as the chowder and the amazing things that have gone into it. Food such as this can make anyone's day:-)

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    1. Thanks Sonali! Food should make someone's day. It is what makes life special!

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  7. Corn in chowder could make anyone feel happy and better :D
    Delicious photos!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Thanks, Uru! Definitely made us feel better!

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  8. Love the pic with the names of all the different ingredients of this yummy soup, it's comfort food at it's best!
    I enjoyed not only the recipe thoroughly but also the great writing .
    "Food has a story and it is called life" - so beautiful.

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    1. Oh, that's so sweet Daniela! This is comfort food and with all my favorites-well, except the potatoes! Thank you.

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  9. "Rough cobblestones on bare feet" That's been my day. Thanks for putting it in perspective. GREG

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    1. Damn, some days are like that! So go make a drink from your great cocktail book. I am so enjoying it! Will be posting something soon, but so far we keep running to the liquor store for something we are missing. It would be too easy to stick with what we have. Savory Cocktails - for those who want to know! Thanks, Greg!

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  10. LOL, I've done the same thing while "softening" butter! Ugh. But the saving grace is your magnificent soup!! It sure looks like a silver lining to me!

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    1. Well...it's good to know I'm not the only one. And three sticks at once! The soup is great Liz!

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  11. Hi Abbe,

    Sometimes I seem a little imaginative with my thoughts... I don't silver, gold or platinum will be useful at all when there is really an apocalypse!!! I would rather to have lots of corn :p

    Please pardon me and my crazy thoughts... Hope that you enjoy more of your delicious corn and chile chowder.

    Zoe

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    1. Can't think apocalypse, Zoe! I think though if there was one that corn would survive! Crazy thoughts can be quite enlightening. Just see above ;)

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  12. This is bound to be delicious. SO many good, fresh ingredients. I'm normally not a huge fan of corn chowder but your recipe just might change my mind!

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  13. This really is much better than corn chowder. All the add ins make it really special. Thanks Monet!

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  14. wow...wow...amazing....we love chowders...get to savor them only rarely...but you have taken it to another level....can imagine a burst of scrumptious flavors in every spoonful of this sunny goodness...how wonderful a combination of crisp bacon,goat cheese and honey smoked salmon along with sriracha....gorgeous food clicks too,thanks :-)

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  15. Abbe, can I assume that the 3 T shredded ... after sriracha means shredded cheese? While I am not a fan of salmon, I think shrimp would work just as well- you had me at green chiles and goat cheese!

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  16. That is one mouth watering looking chowder! Its got everything I love in one meal. Gotta love that! :)

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  17. Sounds really good! What's not to love! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  18. Oh girl I just love this.
    I would add a few shrimp in there and call it a party.
    I just saw Saigon Chex Mix? Oh boy

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  19. Well this looks really good Abbe. Love your photo pointing out the ingredients.

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  20. I just loved this post Abbe... the non-chowder (without salmon for me) is perfect for rough days. And a bowl of soup is always so much more! Wonderful recipe to remind us that 'food has a story and it's called life' , love that!

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