January 5, 2011

Taste of Spring Potato Chowder

Brighten Up a Dreary Cold Day

If there were a magical wand, I would wave it around so fast, springtime would be here in a snap. But I do not have one so the next best thing is to fool my stomach and in doing so, ruse my spirits and maybe send my mind into a make-believe time warp.

There is nothing magic about good soups, stews, gumbos or chowders. They all make us feel better, that is, if you make them with good ingredients and all while doing so, remind yourself that the magical powers is in the goodness that mother earth has given us. Rainy day? A good hot soup should do it. Snow day, stuck inside? Nothing beats a good simmering stew.  Dag-blasted cold wind got you chilled to your toes? A hearty gumbo will take care of that. Or maybe you just got a bad case of winter blues. Well, this chowder should do the trick. Springtime in a bowl as I call it. Enjoy!

Taste of Spring Potato Chowder
makes 6 hearty servings
 

2 or 3 good slices cooked cured ham (about 3 oz), small diced
2 spring onions, sliced thin
1 small carrot, finely diced
1 small rib celery, finely diced
6 medium new red potatoes, peeled & small diced
corn kernels and milk from 3 ears fresh corn
3 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup white wine
salt & black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon minced thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
grated white American cheese if desired

In a large stockpot, stir everything but the last 3 ingredients together. Bring to a simmer and reduce to low. Cook until potatoes are tender, I like mine just about mushy.

Stir the flour with the milk and add to the pot stirring to thicken a bit. Bring back to a low simmer.

Serve with a sprinkle of the cheese on top if desired.

14 comments :

  1. Aren't we lucky that we have ingredients available to us just about all year long so we can ignore the weather and eat Spring in Winter and Fall in Summer? This sounds like a great big bowl of wonderful any time of year.

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  2. Ooo.. that could brighten up pure darkness, I'm sure of it!

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  3. This chowder looks delicious. Another recipe I'm bookmarking!
    Happy New Year Drick!

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  4. i picked up hungarian paprika at the store and I thought would I really use it? then "pop" you post this, really your a genius

    sweetlife

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  5. Bet this is a perfect blend of sweet and smokey flavors, I know one things for sure if you made this its fabulous!

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  6. Oh Drick, I wish you have a magic wand to wave it here and immediately there's sunshine, warmth, flowers, bird chirping, rabbits hopping, music all around, fruit trees ready for harvest, sunny sky and everything nice! :D Just how sweet to day dream...haha. I don't think I need to eat...LOL. Back to reality, I do need your soup NOW! :D

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  7. I don't know about the nothing magical part...at least not when you are preparing them...Magical comes to mind for me :) Wonderful recipe as always, and boy how I love potato chowders.

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  8. I totally agree! Bring back warm weather! In the meantime, a great pot of soup or stew makes everything better. Your Potato Chowder fits the bill!

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  9. I definitely need a reminder of spring and this would seriously hit the spot! This is a great recipe!

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  10. Fabulous chowder. A definite must have on a cold, blustery day.

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  11. I have a cold - and you have instantly made it feel better. Can I say that I am really so all right with spring during this winter?

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  12. To heck with waiting for Spring! This potato chowder is pure comfort food and would be fab on one of these cold nights we're having! Looks so delicious and is another one for my "must try" list! Thanks for sharing, cher !

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  13. this looks amazing! i just happened upon your blog from sweetlife... So glad I found you!

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  14. I want some soup with bread, this recipe would fill 1/2 that bill, now to start kneading.

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