Friday, January 16, 2009

Cold weather comfort

It is absolutely freezing cold here in Northern New York. The past few days, the temperature in the morning has been between -15 and -20 degrees F (-26 and -28 degrees C). I can't remember the last time I experienced cold like this. I am pretty sure it has been over 5 years! My Canadian blood has become weak since I moved to the East. Growing up, I would walk to school in -20 degree weather, with wet hair and sandals (much to my mother's horror!). Now, I can't even walk from my apartment to my car (about 5 steps) without wearing all sorts of winter attire!

I know I can't complain: the whole country seems to be in a deep freeze. At least I don't have to go out in it if I don't want to. Since the whole country is freezing, I thought I would share one of my all-time favourite cold weather dinners: Potato and corn chowder. It is delicious, easy to make and warms up those cold winter nights.

Potato and Corn Chowder (or as the say in Boston "Chowda"!)
Makes about 6 servings
2 1/2 cups cooked corn
2 cups diced potatoes
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup onion, diced (I used dried minced onion. 1 Tbsp equals 1/4 cup onion)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 cups hot water
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon water
1 1/2 cup milk

In a large pot, combine the first 7 ingredients. Cook until potatoes are tender. Mix flour with 1 tablespoon of water and add with milk to the pot, stirring well. Bring to a boil and allow to cook for 10 minutes. Serve with cheese. I like to add ham or bacon to it as well.

Enjoy and stay warm!


Ambler Four said...

sounds yummy! I'll have to try it.

Roeckers said...

Yummy! Thanks for the recipe! I everything stewing in the crockpot now. Can't wait to see how it tastes! I woke up with a cold and wanting soup. THis is perfect and I had all the ingredients
Thank you again!

SongbirdMama said...

Well, I was wondering what yummy, warm stick to your ribs food I could make for my boys up here. Sounds tasty. I guess I have dinner planned for tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe.