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What’s in the oven?

Those of you who know me well are aware that I love to cook…my ample waistline is testament to that. When I was younger, I had the dream of opening up a restaurant. Reality set in with the realization that my chance of success was limited. The survival rate for new restaurants is not encouraging. Still, I continued to hone my culinary skills and, when time and resources permit,  I greatly enjoy entertaining friends and family with a variety of goodies from the stove.

Beginning today, and weekly, hereafter, I will feature one of my own recipes, for your enjoyment. With everything from sweets to savories, I’m sure you’ll find something to enjoy. While it’s a bit too late in life for me to entertain owning my own establishment, I can perhaps use this medium to share with you my true passion in life.

Today’s Recipe:

Corn Chowder with Chicken and Ham

4 lbs (64 oz) cut corn, fresh or frozen
1 quart milk
2 tablespoons olive or any cooking oil
2 medium yellow onions, finely diced
3 stalks celery, finely diced
2 cloves garlic. minced
2 green or red bell peppers. finely diced (optional)
1/2 pound chopped ham
1/2 pound shredded cooked chicken breast
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Saute onions, celery and (optional) peppers in stock pot or large dutch oven over medium heat. Do not brown the mixture. When onions are soft, add garlic. Reduce heat to low. Cover and continue cooking while preparing corn. Stir occasionally.

In a blender or food processor, puree 3 lbs corn with milk, 1 lb at a time with 1 cup milk. (If using frozen corn, defrost before pureeing.) When mixture is smooth, transfer to pot. Add remaining 1 lb corn kernels and milk. Stir thoroughly. Bring mixture to slow simmer. Add ham and chicken and seasoning. Combine ingredients well. Cook until thoroughly heated and serve.

8-12  servings

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1 Response to “What’s in the oven?”


  1. 1 bksrmgc
    August 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I love chowder and usually make traditional–sort of–clam chowder (I add corn to mine). This looks like a great recipe and I love that you include ham in it.


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