Friday, September 30, 2016

Sausage and Corn Chowder

Well we had a number of leftover items in the fridge that needed using, and as I was driving home an idea popped into my head on how to use them all up:  sausage and corn chowder.


Leftover or just unused items:  4 ears of corn, one yellow bell pepper, 1/2 pound of Kielbasa sausage, several small already-cooked potatoes, 3 celery stalks, one large onion that had a part cut off and was sitting in the fridge in a plastic baggie.

So besides all of those items, I added 5 cloves of garlic, a few raw potatoes (these are small creamers), and a handful of baby carrots.  Also some seasonings (see below).


Chopped sausage and vegetables into small, similar size pieces; stripped the kernels from the corn.

Cut up the cooked potatoes, threw them in the blender with 1-1/2 cups water, blended until they were very smooth.

Sautéed the onions, garlic and sausage in some olive oil until the onions were on the verge of being translucent.  Added the rest of the vegetables, along with enough water to cover, and some seasonings:  salt (carefully, since the sausage is already salty), pepper, cumin, some hot pepper flakes, and a few green herbs.  You could use curry or any other seasoning that you like with a chowder.

Let it all simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 30-40 minutes.  Added the potato puree, and about 1 cup of half-and-half.  It wasn't quite thick enough and we wanted to eat soon, so I added 1-1/2 Tbsp. of corn starch, stirred into a little cold water before adding it to the soup.

Served it with lightly toasted and buttered french bread for dipping.  Mmmmm!

Seriously, you should try this if you love a hearty soup this time of year.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Farmer's Market Fall Soup

Went to the Farmer's Market on Tuesday and found a few fall vegetables.  Decided to make soup.

Sorry, no pictures this time.  So without further ado, here is the recipe:


1 Medium White Onion
1 Bunch Carrots
1 Bunch Golden Beets
1 Medium Delicata Squash
5 Cloves Garlic
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper To Taste
1/2 Tsp Each:  Parsley, Sage, Cumin, Turmeric, Hot Pepper Flakes
Juice of 1/2 Lime
3/4 Cup Cheese, Grated (Cheddar, or other cheese or mix of cheeses)
Water or chicken or vegetable stock


Clean, peel and chop vegetables into 3/4" cubes
(You may not need to peel the carrots and beets, just clean & remove stray root threads)
Sauté onions and garlic until nearly translucent
(You may want to add the garlic a little later than the onion as garlic cooks faster)
Add the chopped vegetables and enough water or stock to completely cover them
Bring all to a boil, then turn down the heat to a simmer temperature
Add seasonings
Allow to simmer until all vegetables are soft
Adjust seasonings to taste
Run it through a blender so you have a nice puree
Add grated cheese, stir to melt
Add juice of 1/2 lime (if lime is not juicy, use the whole lime)

Serve with a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt, and a sprinkle of finely chopped carrot greens as a garnish.  I used yogurt, and had a few slices of buttered baguette on the side to dip into the soup.  It was really quite delicious!