Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Corn and Cod Chowder

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I had to stop myself and take a really deep breath today. I have a stubborn sensibility that refuses to acknowledge that I can't change the amount of time it takes the earth to move around the sun. I was reminded of that today while shampooing carpets that should have been cleaned several weeks ago. Our big Christmas "do"  will be on Sunday and I still have a huge list of things that must be done. There are reasons, some of them actually valid, to explain why my chore list had grown to the size of a child's Christmas list. I won't bore you with them, other than to say that life got in the way and I dropped one or two of the balls I was trying to keep in the air. A coffee break helped me realize that none of the dropped balls had actually broken and if I segmented the remaining tasks everything would get done in time. Then I had another cup of coffee, and tonight I'm happy to report all the surfaces we walk on sparkle. As a matter-of-fact, you could perform surgery on them. I really have been busy and with days so tightly packed I've been relying on simple meals to free my hands for the outstanding tasks at hand. I thought some of you might be able to use the recipes to simplify your own dinner preparation at this busy time of year. Most of the recipes I'll be featuring this week are quick and easy to prepare.The first is a cod and corn chowder whose name is misleading. The chowder is thinner in consistency than most, but it has remarkable flavor and when served with a salad and crusty bread it makes an ideal light meal. I really think you will enjoy it. Here's how it is made.

Corn and Cod Chowder...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Food and Wine magazine

1/4 pound sliced bacon
1 tablespoon butter
2 onions, chopped
2 cups water
1 cup bottled clam juice
3/4 pound boiling potatoes (about 2), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch chunks
1 rib celery, chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried red-pepper flakes
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 cups fresh (cut from about 3 ears) or frozen corn kernels
1 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 pounds cod fillets, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper

1) In a large pot, cook bacon until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels and crumble when cooled.
2) Add butter and onions to pot. Cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
3) Add water, clam juice, potatoes, celery, red-pepper flakes, and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
4) Return bacon to pot. Add corn, milk, and cream and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in cod and pepper. Bring back to a simmer and cook until just done, about 3 minu or ocean perch, tes longer. Yield: 4 servings.

Cook's Notes: Any firm mild fish that won't disintegrate, such as pollack, orange roughy, can be used in the soup.

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Ellen Whyte said...

Hope you don't overdo it next week. Isn't it supposed to be fun rather than work? Meow from all of us: Au. Target, Guido and Ellen

Ginny Hartzler said...

This looks just lovely for a cold and windy day like today.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I think I'm a lot like you, Mary. You've reminded me to take a deep breath and enjoy a delicious soup break.

Kim said...

This chowder looks good... And you know what Mary, I don't know how we manage to do it every years, but we will be on time for Christmas (I want to convince myself too)!

Unknown said...

I think I figured out the same thing just recently... doesn't matter what you do to try and stop it, time just keeps rolling on :) Glad you got things done and that you feel like you can relax a bit. Funny how we put ourselves into such a frantic around the holidays.
The soup sounds perfect for a cold night where all you want to do is relax!

Priya Suresh said...

Wat a fabulous chowder, loving it.

Claudia said...

Thank-you, Mary. I am indeed looking for simple meals to sustain us until the actual holidays! This is grand. I have yet to wrap a present or have one surface you can perform surgery on! Uh oh.

Eileen said...

This sounds really good. I know what you mean about time. I finally crossed the last big hurdle today. Good luck with all your tasks and happy holidays!

fr said...

What a lovely soup. This time of the year I'm always cold and it great to have new soups to add to the repertoire.

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