Corn Chowder

Nothing better with good fresh corn.  I like this recipe that we made recently with some local Ohio Corn

Corn Chowder

  • 4 ears of corn (or 4 cups / 750g / 1.5 lb frozen or canned corn, drained)
  • 1 tsp butter (or oil)
  • 250 g / 8 oz bacon , chopped
  • 2 tbsp / 30 g butter (use 3 tbsp if bacon is lean)
  • 1 garlic clove , minced
  • 1 small onion , diced (or half large onion) (yellow, brown or white)
  • 5 tbsp / 60g flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth , low sodium preferred
  • 3 cups milk (I used skim milk and it was fine)
  • 600 g / 1.2 lb potatoes , cut into 1 cm / 2/5″ cubes (about 2 large)
  • 2 sprigs of thyme OR 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 3/4 cup / 185 ml cream
  • 3/4 cup shallots , green part finely sliced (green onions / scallions)
  • Salt and finely ground pepper to taste
  1. Cut the corn off the cob. Place a small ramekin in a large bowl. Place corn on the ramekin then cut the corn off. Keep naked cobs.
  2. Place 1 tsp butter in a large pot over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until golden. Use a slotted spoon to remove onto a paper towel lined plate. Leave fat in pot.
  3. Lower heat to medium high. Add 2 tbsp butter, once melted, add garlic and onion. Cook for 2 – 3 minutes until onion is translucent.
  4. Add flour and mix it in. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  5. Add broth, milk, potatoes, thyme and bay leaf. Break naked cobs into 2 or 3 and add into the liquid. Put the lid on and simmer for 25 minutes (adjust heat so it’s simmering energetically but not bubbling like crazy or super gently).
  6. Remove lid, remove corn cobs. Add corn and cook for 5 minutes or until cooked to your taste.
  7. Stir through cream and 3/4 of the bacon and shallots. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and garnish with remaining bacon and shallots.



BLTs are always good.  But BLTs in the summertime are awesome.

Tomatoes are the most important part and the tomatoes from our garden were perfect.
Fresh lettuce from our CSA.
Bacon is always good
Lots of mayo and lightly toasted Italian bread and…
add some chilled Rose and you have your perfect late August dinner

Pea, Asparagus and Fava Bean Salad

Spring Greens

This recipe is in the latest Bon Appetit and I thought it would be a great dish to serve for Easter dinner.  It was tasty, pretty and very easy.  A keeper.

Bon Appetit, April, 2013

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated Pecorino or Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon (or more) fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups fresh fava beans (from about 2 pounds pods) or frozen fava beans, thawed (I used frozen edame as I couldn’t find any fava beans)
  • 2 bunches asparagus, trimmed, stalks peeled if thick
  • 1 cup shelled fresh peas (from about 1 pound pods) or frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Whisk olive oil, Pecorino, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a medium bowl to blend. Season with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice, if desired. Set dressing aside.

If using fresh fava beans, cook in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until tender, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a colander set in a bowl of ice water (do not cook frozen beans). Drain and peel; place in a large bowl.

Return water in saucepan to a boil; add asparagus and cook until just tender, about 4 minutes. Using tongs, transfer to colander in ice water.

If using fresh peas, return water in saucepan to a boil; add peas and cook until tender, about 3 minutes (do not cook frozen peas). Drain; transfer to colander in ice water. Drain vegetables. Add to bowl with fava beans.

Combine vegetable oil and shallot in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until shallot is golden brown and crisp, 10-12 minutes. Transfer shallot to a paper towel-lined plate.

Add dressing to bowl with vegetables, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Transfer salad to a serving platter and top with shallot and bacon.

DO AHEAD: Dressing and vegetables can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover separately and chill.


Amatriciana Sauce

The New Basics

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 -onions, coarsely chopped
  • 8 oz. sliced Canadian bacon, cut into ¾ inch squares (we usually use regular bacon)
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 cans (35 oz. each) plum tomatoes, drained
  • 2 t. sugar
  • ¾ cup dry red wine
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Heat the oil in a medium-size heavy saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add the onions, and sauté for 10 minutes.

Stir in the bacon and garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes more.

Stir in the tomatoes, sugar and wine.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve over hot pasta.

6 portions; enough for 1 lb. of pasta

Beef and Bean Bake

Weight Watchers

Similar to the classic Aunt Peggy Recipe – we usually make this one.

  • 3 bacon slices
  • ½ lb ground beef
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 can lima beans, drained
  • 1 can pork and beans, undrained
  • 1 can light red kidney beans, drained
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • ¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 t. dry mustard

1.    Cook bacon until crisp; crumble and set aside
2.    Cook beef and onion in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until beef is browned, stirring to crumble beef.
3.    Place bacon, beef mixture, lima beans, and next 6 ingredients in a 3 ½ quart crock pot.  Stir well.  Cook on low setting all day.

Stuffed Mushrooms

  • 4 T. plus 2 t. bacon grease or olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  •  ¾ t. salt; ½ t. pepper
  • 8 oz. goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 T. heavy cream
  • ¼ t. ground nutmeg
  • 1 10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • ½ lb. bacon, cooked and finely chopped
  • 36 white mushrooms, uniform in size, stems removed

Prehead oven to 350 degrees.

Heat the 2 t. ob bacon grease in a medium nonstick skillet over med. Heat.  Add the onion and seaon with salt and pepper.  Cook until onion is tender, 5-7 mins.  Transfer to a medium bowl and let cool.  When cool, add the goat cheese, cream, and nutmeg, and 1/8 t. of the pepper. Stir until well mixed.
Squeeze the spinach to remove all liquid.  Add spinach to bacon and onion mixture.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

Heat 2 more tablespoons of the bacon grease in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add half of the mushrooms and seadon with ¼ t. salt and 1/8 t. pepper.  Cook the mushrooms until brown and tender, about 4 minutes per side.  Transfer to a paper towel lined baking sheet, top side up.  Do same with remaining mushrooms.

To Assemble: Place 1 heaping t. of spinach filling in the center of the bottom of each mushroom.  Bake until warm, 5 to 7 minutes; serve warm.

Makes 36 stuffed mushroom