Monday, January 2, 2012

you will love it, i promise...

tonight, as usual,  it was monday night family dinner.  a special time to share in great conversation and
love.   sometimes these nights are challenging and sometimes they are rushed and sometimes they
are just filled with love.  and tonight it was the latter.. another reminder of how lucky we are.

because i was off and had the time -  i made a BIG dinner consisting of barbecue ribs (boys favorite) corn bread, scallop potatoes, special salad and corn chowder. dessert:  peach crepes with whip cream and brown sugar topping...

the chowder (the simplest part) was the most well received... 


8 strips of thick-cut bacon

1 lg. yellow onion, finely chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 carrott sliced
2 c. fresh or frozen corn kernels

1-14 oz. can creamed corn

4 c. milk

1/2 c. heavy cream

1/4 to 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (to taste; i use almost a half tsp.)

1/4 tsp. ground sage

salt and pepper to taste

3 tbsp. minced fresh chives, or minced green onion tops

in a large heavy saucepan, slowly cook the bacon until very crisp; drain on paper towels; cut with scissors into 1″ pieces and set aside. pour off all but 1 tbsp. bacon fat. put onion and celery into pan and cook over med. heat until softened, about 10 min. stir in corn, carrotts, creamed corn, and milk. simmer gently for about 25 minutes; stirring occasionally. add cream, red pepper flakes, sage and half the reserved bacon pieces. heat through, taste for salt and pepper. serve in soup bowls, garnished with bacon and minced chives/green onion tops. plenty for six.

love sent, xo

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