Wednesday, December 17, 2008


After having a couple of nights where my sleep cycle was all screwed up... my cold is back again. It hit hard this afternoon... and I am so not needing to have a cold right now. It seems that lately all I ever say is that I am sick!

I made seafood chowder for dinner, based on an old WWII recipe that my Mom used to make for us. It's a soup that I have made for friends over and over again, and they all love it. I've added celery and thyme and basic seasonings to it to enrich it. (And extra butter and cream, I cannot help myself with the butterfat!) It's perfect for a snowy day and doesn't take a lot of time.

Pacific Chowder

1 onion, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
3 T. butter
1 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp thyme
1 T. parsley
1-2 tsps salt
2 lbs potatoes, diced
3 cups water... enough to cover potatoes
1 can tuna, drained
1 can creamed corn
1/2 bag frozen corn niblets
1/4 to 1/2 pound of small bay shrimp. I use frozen and thaw it in hot water before adding.
2 C. milk or half and half

seasonings: onion powder, garlic powder, season salt, pepper, 2 T. sugar, salt and pepper

2T. water and 2 T. flour mixed into slurry to thicken if needed...

Melt butter and olive oil in dutch oven or 4 qt stock pot. Add onion and celery, thyme and parsley. Once vegetables have soften, add diced potatoes and water and salt... adjust water to cover potatoes... I use kosher salt as potatoes will take it up as potatoes cook. Bring potatoes to boil and cook til tender... 10- 15 minutes depending on dice.

Add tuna, cream corn and corn niblets, slowly bring back up to temperature... then add shrimp. You could also add minced clams to it, just drain off the juice to keep the flavors mild.

Add 1/2 and 1/2 and season to taste with seasonings, add slurry to thicken, be sure to let it cook a little to avoid uncooked flour taste.

I served this to DH tonight and he loved it! It was a hit!

Oh... I did manage to get most of my Christmas cards done today... inspite of my cold. And I heard from my best Friend, Lizzy today! She didn't tell me that she was moving! :-O

Thanks for reading... I hope you try my chowder... Be Blessed!


Stephanie said...

That looks really good, especially today when it's pouring rain and super windy. I suppose this is the closest southern California will get to actual "winter."

Hope you feel better soon!

Suzanne said...

I know what you mean about a southern CA winter... I did elementary school thru 3rd grade in Yucaipa... my Dad was a CHP officer. My Mom made this as a war bride while living in Hollywood and working at Lockeed! I hpe you enjoy making it... it's good.

Pearl said...

wow that bowl of soup looks so rich and creamy! glad the hubby liked it - like i said, what a lucky hubby!
and your dinnerware is so pretty, too! :)