I keep spilling things!
Tonight I’ve already spilled an entire bottle of beer (I wasn’t even drinking it!) and soup puree! D’oh!
Let me start from the beginning…
One thing you need to know about me is that I am soup fanatic. Like sitting in the front row of the bleachers, waving a “Soup’s #1!” pendant, style. So when I saw Kath’s Bacon, Corn & Potato Chowder on her blog earlier this week – and I happened to have ALL the ingredients randomly on hand – I immediately wrote it into my schedule!
The star of the chowder is, of course, the fresh-from-the field Iowa sweet corn that my Mom and Dad picked up for me at the Farmer’s Market last weekend.
Enter spill #1: As I was pulling the bag of corn out of the fridge, it took a bottle of beer out with it, which proceeded to shatter and spill smelly beer ALL over my newly cleaned kitchen floor…rats! I calmly cleaned everything up and proceeded to shuck the corn. Shuck that. Shucking corn is the worst, right?! Thankfully the sweet, sweet corn kernels are totally worth it! 🙂
Next, I cooked up some bacon slices in a big soup pan on the stove and took them out to drain on a paper towel when they were crispy. Then I cubed up a bag of baby, yukon gold potatoes while I sautéed some onion & garlic in the bacon drippings.
After the onions were soft, I added some thyme, S&P, the corn and potatoes, plus 1 cup skim milk and ~3 cups chicken broth. After simmering until the potatoes were tender, I ladled about 3 cups of the soup into my food processor.
Enter spill #2: As I put the processor container onto it’s base, some soup leaked up under the blade and spilled all over the counter and onto the floor. Come on!! I not so calmly got that cleaned up – proceeded to blend it all up, add it back to the pot and crumbled the bacon in.
I ladled my soup into a mug, topped it with a little more bacon and dug in!
Well – let me just tell you – the spill duo was WELL worth it. This soup was so summery, if you can believe it! The corn stayed super crunchy despite simmering away for about 15 minutes.
The potato hunks that escaped the food processor were so creamy – a delightful texture contrast to the crunchy corn.
The smokey bacon was the perfect flavor accent. Couldn’t image my mug without it!
The rest of the night involves laundry, not spilling things, general resting and these:
Tomorrow is a big day which involves something out of THIS:
I’m so excited!!!!
What are you doing this Friday evening?!