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!

3 comments:

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.