Monday, October 25, 2010

Easy Country Corn Chowder, Going Away Party, Engagements and Pumpkins...

First things first...a cool, rainy fall day calls for a yummy, warm fall soup... This corn chowder is super easy. It tastes great topped with oyster crackers or a little cheddar cheese or scallions.

3 Tbsp corn or veggie oil
3 potatoes, peeled and diced
1 onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 Tbsp Old Bay seasoning
salt and pepper
3 Tbsp flour
10 oz frozen or canned sweet corn
15 oz chicken or veggie broth
1 qt milk

Add oil and potatoes to a deep pot. Cover and cook 5 minutes over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, red pepper and bay leaves. Season with Old Bay, salt and pepper to taste. Cover and reduce heat, cooking 5 more minutes. Stir occasionally.

Whisk in flour. Cook one more minute, uncovered. Add corn, broth and milk. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 7-10 minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste. Yummo!!! :)

This weekend was my sister Jackie's going away party. She and Kenny are moving to Wisconsin. My other sis, Stef, (above with me) got into a bad car accident the morning of the party. She was hit by a drunk driver. Don't drink and drive, people! Stef is okay, but she's in the market for a new car if anyone knows of any good deals!

The day after the going away party, Kenny and Jackie got engaged!! Congrats, you two love-birds!! Date has yet to be set, but they are thinking next year - 2011!

Beautiful ring, isn't it??? It hasn't been sized yet which is why she's wearing it on her pinkie above and is wedged on to her hand in the other pic. LOL

So, last night we decided to carve our pumpkins! We had 3 big ones, but when Jack got the lid off of the third one, it was moldy inside - Gross! And then, my camera battery died right when I was about to take pics of the carving. So, this is the end result. Cute, no?
This is going to be a crazy, busy week...Class Halloween parties, volunteering at the kids' school for a science project using pumpkins, Girl Scout Halloween party, Dance studio Halloween party, and trick-or-treating!!! Lots more pics to come!


  1. Your sister's ring is so pretty! I like the criss-crossing bands.

    And tell your other sister to not buy a Chevy Malibu. My Malibu is 11 years old and it still runs but it's also possessed by the devil. So...

  2. Can I tell you that the italian sausage recipe was A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!! I will never fix it any other way!! Thank you!

    Such a good news weekend! I am glad to hear such wonderful things!! Huge congratulatory HUGS all around!!

  3. Yay for your sister!!! Her ring is beautiful! I am definitely adding your corn chower to my list...I was just thinking last Saturday how I wanted to try making that. Thanks!



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