Monday, January 6, 2014

Last couple of days….

So we got 2 snow days attached to our vacation break, making it 2 weeks off in total. Too bad we have to make those days up in June! Oh well……..

Boxed up the Christmas decorations and little by little, lugged them up into the attic. Took 2 days.

Didn't want to take all vestiges of Christmas down. Stubbornly left up the lights around the window for a while longer.

Watched a movie…..

Made bagels…..

 Made corn chowder……..

All in all, not a bad way to end a vacation. 

Corn Chowder Recipe

About 6 slices of bacon, chopped and cooked til crispy. Drain on paper towel, but keep fat in pan. (Remove some fat if you think it’s too much)
1/2 a large onion, diced and sauteed in the fat til soft.
1/2 salt or to taste
1/4 tsp ground black pepper or to taste.
1/4 C flour
5 C chicken stock
3 C diced or bite sized potatoes. I leave skin on.
1 can corn, drained
1 can creamed corn
1 C milk (or more if you want. OR used half and half)
1/4 pound colby cheese, shredded (or any cheese you would like)

In a large pot over medium-high heat, cook the bacon til crispy. Drain bacon on paper towel but reserve fat for the onions.  Reduce the heat to medium and add the onions to the fat and cook for about 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent.

Stir in the flour, salt, and pepper and cook for about 3 minutes.( Add some olive oil or butter if it seems there’s not enough fat. )
Add the chicken stock and potatoes, bring to a boil, and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes or more, until the potatoes are tender. 
Add the 2 cans of corn and milk/cream.
Then add cheese. Cook for 5 more minutes, until the cheese is melted.  Add bacon.
Season to taste.