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Monday, April 23, 2012

wedding day brunch and cozy fresh corn and leek chowder

What a wonderful few days!  I went to my daughter's pre-wedding brunch at that most divine eatery,  Burdick's Cafe, in Walpole, NH, lots of good food, good company, and lovely  platefuls of deliciously pretty salmon with green olives and chickpeas, little Cornish hens ( amazing!),a beautiful vegetarian platter, gorgeous salad, and their signature chocolates , in this case, chocolate penguins - as Anni said, "they mate for life":).   Mostly, I just got a little sentimental and weepy.  It's a wonderful feeling when your children are happy ~

Back home to a chilly, but blessedly rainy day, FINALLY!  The brook is full and running fast, and I needed something soothing and warm.  

I settled on a leek and fresh corn soup with red-skinned potatoes and bits of butter, fresh cream, and thyme, dill, and chives straight from the garden.

Makes about 3 bowls of wonderful chowder.

1 1/2 cups washed, sliced leeks
1 T. unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups washed, sliced, baby red potatoes
2 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
pinch of thyme
1 T. minced fresh dill
1 T. minced fresh chives
2 cups fresh corn-from-the-cob, sliced off the cob
1/2 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a heavy bottomed pot, then add the leeks and cook on medium low until the leeks are meltingly soft.  Add the stock, potatoes, and thyme, and cook for about 15 minutes, until the potatoes are almost soft.

Add the off-the-cob corn ( or you can use frozen kernels, but it won't be quite as good), the dill, and the chives and cook for another 15 minutes on medium low, adding the cream at the very end.  It's important to not boil the cream, so keep an eye on it.

Taste and add more seasonings as wished.

It's really a nice light supper that doesn't need anything else, but feel free to serve with salad or bread with sweet butter.

Hope you're enjoying every minute of your day!


Anonymous said...

Kat,Congratulations on such a happy occasion! I hope they have whole lifetimes of joy.

Meanwhile, this recipe is wonderful! I have a garden full of onions, leeks, scallions and herbs. Perfect timing. I'll make this in a day or so!

katrina said...

Thanks, Donna! Lately I've been using leeks instead of onions , loving the subtle richness they give to an omelette or a bowl of soup. Glad you liked!

kellypea said...

I enjoyed seeing your photos -- FB or Flickr? No matter -- it sounds like you had a wonderful time! And this chowder looks amazing. Definitely a perfect bowl for a blustery day. I think it's whipping up outside for another one here, third week running. Rare!

katrina said...

Third week, Kelly? Yikes! After three days of cold and rain, I'm ready for sunshine & warmth! Definitely soup and chowder days...

Marianne said...

Sounds like you have some good memories, Katrina! My son got married last June. It was a great celebration. I wish we could all go back again this June to help them celebrate their first anniversary!

Your chowder looks spectacular. It would be perfect here today. It's on the cool side again, but that's fine with me. I don't want summer when it's spring.

Marianne said...

Just stopping by to tell you I have featured one of your quiche recipes on my blog. Hope you don't mind. The quiche was absolutely wonderful. I think my luncheon was a success, too. Now I'm paying the price though. I have a very sore knee. Be sure you check out my previous blog post as well, so you can see all my pictures!
Thanks for inspiring me!

katrina said...

Thanks, Marianne! So delighted your guests liked that quiche - now you've got me hankering for it again:)

Sorry to miss your earlier comment - the last few weeks have been rush-rush-rush. I love your comment - "I don't want summer when it's Spring". I'll take all the sun and warmth Mother Nature will bring:)