Chicken (or Turkey) Corn Chowder

One of my goals with this blog was to write about one of my great passions – cooking (and consequently, eating). And since my kids are always asking me for recipes, it just seemed easier to post them here than to continually write them down and email them. I’m also queen of the “hurl it in a pan and pray” style of cooking; some of my best recipes utilize things laying around the kitchen, including leftovers.

Tonight I was staring at leftover turkey (I roasted one last weekend) and a can of creamed corn I’d gotten on sale. Then I realized I had carrots, onions, potatoes, celery, frozen corn, canned chicken broth and half and half. Turkey corn chowder! One of the ultimate comfort foods of winter, and once you make it yourself you’ll never buy another can of Campbell’s Select. It’s certainly cheaper and most definitely tastier. Coupled with homemade biscuits, which are also a snap to throw together (and will assure you’ll never buy another can of those pre-made things), you couldn’t ask for a more satisfying, cold-weather dinner.

Chicken (or Turkey) Corn Chowder
serves 6 to 8
2 cups chopped, cooked chicken or turkey (leftovers are fine)
2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
1/2 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
2 – 3 tablespoons butter
1 large potato, peeled and cubed
2 cans reduced sodium, fat-free chicken broth (or homemade broth if you’ve got it)
2 cups water
1 can creamed corn
1 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup half and half
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste

In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter; gently sautée carrots, celery and onions until the onion is soft and almost translucent.

Add water, chicken broth and potatoes – raise heat until mixture boils, then lower heat and simmer until potatoes are almost, but not quite, tender, about 10 minutes.

Stir in chicken (or turkey), creamed corn, frozen corn and half and half. Mix the flour into the the milk well with a fork or whisk and stir into soup. Season to taste with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Simmer until the potatoes are done and the mixture is thickened slightly.

Baking Powder Biscuits
makes 8 – 10 biscuits
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt (I use kosher salt)
4 teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
3/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Sift the dry ingredients together. In a large mixing bowl, blend the shortening into the flour with a pastry knife or fork. Make a well in the center. Into this pour all the milk at once. Stir only until all the flour is moistened. Toss on a lightly floured board or counter and knead for 20 seconds. Pat or roll 1/2 inch thick. Cut into rounds and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Re-roll scraps and continue to cut until all the dough is used. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Killer Icicles

Maybe Ralphie’s mom knew what she was talking about after all…

I had no idea we were harboring deadly icicles till I heard a loud crash coming from the vicinity of the kitchen. Scooter and I ran to find out what it was and were greeted with a large pile of ice on the deck, and the remains of a fringe of very long and sharp icicles.

I can’t wait until spring when I can post pictures of the flowers and trees and gardens. It’s really not some bleak, frozen wasteland up here. It just seems that way for the first 3 months of the year.

Did I say 3 to 5 inches?

Try 14 to 18 inches of snow. This is what we’ve been looking at for the last 2 days.

That snow is holding over us in a circular pattern, so it’s not going anywhere anytime soon – it’s coming down very hard right now. We’ve probably had another 4 inches since we went out to shovel around noon.

Speaking of shoveling – click here to see our adventures.

Winter Is STILL Here

And I’ve just had about enough of it. While most of the snow is now gone, this is what it’s looked like for the last two days.

Ice

And More Ice...

Granted, the ice should be gone by this afternoon – it’s supposed to get up to a blazing 42 degrees today – but our reprieve will be brief. A new storm is on its way and we are supposed to get between 3 and 5 inches of snow tomorrow.

Bah. Humbug.