Thursday, February 6, 2014

Chowder Up!

Corn chowder was one of the  winter, Friday night staples growing up. Good Catholics that we were meant no meat. Along with the corn and fish chowders, we had delicious haddock and marginal, frozen fish sticks. Yesterday, I made Mom' corn chowder and here it is:
1/2 lb bacon
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup of chopped celery
1/2 cup of chopped carrots
1 quart of milk
2 tbsp flour
1 can of cream style corn
1 can of diced potatoes
salt and pepper to taste
In a large saucepan, fry bacon til crisp. Pour all but 3 tbsp drip from saucepan. Add onion and celery to drip in pan. Cook and stir tip the onion is tender. Remove from heat-- blend in flour. Cook over low heat, stirring tip mixture is bubbly. Remove from heat. Put in milk. Bring to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir for 1 minute. Stir in corn, potatoes, salt, pepper. Heat then stir in bacon.

Now, where's my favorite mug that I got on a trip to Rangeley?
It was delicious!
Elenka's homemade bread only added to the meal.
Best part?
Bet you can't guess.
The recipe card was written in Mom's distinctive, cursive style.
It made a cold night just a bit warmer.


  1. Your soup sounds delicious. Think I'll try it this weekend when it's supposed to rain.

  2. Your soup sounds delicious. Think I'll try it this weekend when it's supposed to rain.

  3. why have i never had corn chowder? i love that this is off your mom's handwritten recipe card, how special :)

  4. well, i'm guessing when she made it for catholic friday dinner, she skipped the bacon - or else you're all doomed. ;)

  5. Ah, a family recipe! The best kind and I am copying it for use later this month, esp if it stays as cold as it is here; I want Santa Fe to warm up!! I'm making my killer Chicken Salsa soup today as soon as I close my typewriter. Wish I had a loaf of Elenka's bread!

  6. This post made me smile. I have many recipes written in my mom's handwriting and I even have a couple written in my grandmother's . I kind of cherish those.

  7. Tasty and tempting. Come to Cedar Key and you'll find really great clam chowder.

  8. Oh extreme YUM!!! I love a good corn chowder--Friday night special. And to have the recipe in your Mom's handwriting--priceless.
    Thanks for the recipe. MB

    As for goose poop---for some reason I have never seen any with the Snow Geese. Maybe because we don't go out in the farmers fields and there is none on the roads. Mighty fastidious birds. Another thing, they don't let drop when they fly---not like Seagulls. Eewee! I guess the farmers say they fertilize the fields. We get lots of rain here so it washes right into the soil. MB

  9. Love those colors! And absolutely know what it means to find a piece of your parent's writing like that. . . priceless.