Rain puts me in the mood for comfort food. What's one of my favorite comfort foods you ask? Soup! And since this has been the rainiest April in the history of Aprils (ok, maybe not), I have been craving lots of soup! One of my all time favorites is Potato Corn Chowder. My mom made this for us growing up and would sometimes add clams, but I prefer the less fishy approach. If you are wanting to enjoy a cozy, rainy evening with your family, make this recipe. You will not be disappointed!
Here's the crew:
butter - 4 tbsp. or so
flour - 3 heaping tbsp. or so
onion - 1 medium size
chicken broth - 2-32 oz. cartons
potatoes (red skin or idaho) - 4 cups or so (are you seeing a theme here? I am definitely a dumper)
half and half - until desired color - maybe 1 1/2 cups or so. maybe two :/
Ok. I know those measurements are all very vague but this is one of those recipes where it doesn't matter. you can't screw this recipe up. unless you forget the flour. or potatoes. or burn the milk. but trust me, you won't screw it up.
Here's what you do:
Finely chop onion. Dice potatoes (peel first if using idaho).
Saute chopped onion in melted butter in a large saucepan until translucent. Stir occasionally. Add flour a whisk until well combined (important). Add chicken broth. Turn up heat to medium-high and add cubed potatoes. Stir occasionally. I usually stir with a potato masher and mash the potatoes as they become tender to create a thicker consistency. Once potatoes are at desired consistency (soft!) turn down heat and add half and half until a nice cream color. Throw in some frozen corn. Add salt and pepper. Top with cheese and real bacon (please no bacon bits). I served this with BLT's (it was a bacon fiasco!) but it's definitely hearty enough to serve on it's own.
Oh and I usually have all of these ingredients on hand all the time so this is one of my emergency go-to meals.
Everyone loves this meal. Except for Jace. And Will. Stinkers.
On a less foodie note, why must we travel with 3+ balls everywhere we go? As if sleeping with them wasn't enough, we now have to travel with them?! Boys!
Notice the football in his right hand and the soccer ball sitting shotgun to his left? Will isn't quite as into the whole jock-thing like his big bro. He likes balls, don't get me wrong, but he can read a good book every now and again too.
Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire!
Oh and this little blondie really likes his oreos.
And puddle jumpin'. Loves his puddles.
One more thing... this desperate mama needs some advice on how to handle her 2 year old who feels the need to deck his younger brother every time they pass. Please advise!