Thursday, July 08, 2010

Seriously Overdue

But that's what happens when you decide to run off to a cottage on the beach and ignore technology, the modern world, and even the Real Housewives for over a week. E and I got back from our fabulous vacation full of sand and sun, birthday parties, Red Sox games, food, family, friends, and biking Block Island to a huge stack of mail and an even more huge amount of emails. My Google Reader had over 1000 items in it, but I'm not even going to try and catch up. The only catching up I'm doing is posting this corn chowder, which I ended up making twice in two weeks using my second sample of heirloom beans from Marx Foods. It was that good.

I love chowders, and I certainly ate my fair share of it back in RI, but I am not a fan of the amount of cream and butter often used to make them so thick and rich and, let's face it, worth eating. This recipe cuts all of that out by using pureed corn as the thickener, and it is so simple to make, literally done in ten minutes.

Chipotle Corn Chowder
8 ears of corn, cooked (I prefer them done on the grill, since it adds that smoky flavor!)
1 cup cooked white beans (I used the Marrow beans from Justin)
4 cups vegetable stock
1 chipotle pepper, diced (from a can of chipotles in adobo, found in the Mexican food aisle) 
Salt and pepper to taste
Red onion, cilantro, or parsley to garnish

Slice all of the corn off the ear, getting as close to the core as possible. Pour 2 cups of stock and half of the corn into a blender and pulse to puree. Pour into a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in remaining corn, stock, beans, and chipotle pepper. Season with salt and pepper and heat through. Serve with chopped onion or herbs to garnish.

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Pierce said...

I’m sold on that one! Love me some chowder..I think I’ll make some this week. Thanks for the inspiration :-)

We Are Not Martha said...

A cottage on the beach sounds just wonderful to me :) But then, so does this chipotle corn chowder... I love those flavors together :)


Sook said...

Oh I LOVE chipotle flavor! The soup looks great! It's always fun to get away from busy life and just enjoy life without any technology to interfere with the quiet vacation you're having. :) I am glad you had fun.

Joanne said...

Sounds like a fun vacation! Although going without the real housewives is tough. Really tough.

I love that this chowder is both healthy and delicious!

Katerina said...

Hi Joanna, first time visiting your blog. This chowder looks great especially since you do not use heavy cream. It makes it so much lighter. Great blog!

Anonymous said...

Totally making this!! Miss you guys already!
Love, Jenny C

Kim said...

Sounds like you had a great time on vacation! The chowder looks delicious and I can see why you've made it twice already. I really get excited about recipes that are delicious even though the calories and fat are seriously cut out.

Terri said...

thank you for the comment on my edible image cookie post. I am reading through your blog and my mouth is watering. Everything looks great. I am now a new follower! would love to see a pic if you try the cookies.