There’s still corn at the farmer’s market, so chow-da’s on the menu tonight. Partnered with BLTs, it’s one of my husband’s favorites. As soups go, his preference runs toward a good chowder, and he’ll eat just about anything between two slices of bread.
More and more often, I’m cooking with what’s fresh, what’s in season, what’s whole, and healthy. I consider it our grand good fortune to live in an area with a number of farms nearby. In Vermont, the source of my new and most favorite cookbook, there’s farms aplenty and a hard-working, home-grown mindset I love.
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In the meantime, enjoy this Corn Chowder recipe:
from Kimball Brook Farm, a certified organic dairy farm in the Champlain Valley
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 medium sweet onion, diced
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
- Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 5 cups low-sodium chicken stock, plus extra as needed
- 3 medium red potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 cups fresh corn kernels (cut from 6 to 7 ears corn)
- 4 cups whole milk
- 2 teaspoons fresh chopped basil – extra for garnish
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh choped dill – extra for garnish
- Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain. Leave the bacon drippings in the pot Reduce the heat to medium and add the butter, onion, and celeter; cook until the onion is soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
- educe the heat o medium-low and sprinkle the flour, celery salt, t teaspoon salt, and white pepper over the vegetables. Cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes. Slowly whisk in the chicken stock, increase the heat to medium-high, add the potatoes and bay leaf, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are almost tender, about 8 minutes.
- Add the corn kernels, milk, basil, and dill and return to a simmer. Continue cooking until the corn is just tender, about 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaf and season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with the diced bacon, and extra basil or dill, if desired, and serve.