The weather has been unseasonably cold lately, even for New England. The meteorologist on the local news recently showed average historical temperatures for the Boston area and apparently we are experiencing January cold in November. Some how knowing this makes it seem colder.
Cold weather seasonable or unseasonable makes me want to nest, bake and cook until spring. I think of hot buttery rolls and soups, stews and chowder. One of my mother’s classic cold weather standbys was New England Corn Chowder or Chowdah as we are known for saying.
The last time I made any my mother was alive and I could ask her how to make it. So after consulting with one of my sisters who doesn’t make it but confirmed what I remembered of Mom’s chowder, I headed to my kitchen.
In full disclosure, I overcooked my potatoes; I was tempted to make mashed potatoes out of this batch but I don’t have enough potatoes in my pantry to then make chowder. That is what I get for trying to start this post while the potatoes were on the stove. All is not lost, normally I would transfer the potatoes back into the stock pot after draining and add the corn, milk and other ingredients to the potatoes. Instead I gave the potatoes a cold bath to stop the cooking process, set them aside and added them in at the end.
- 5 lbs. of potatoes, peeled and diced
- 2 cans creamed style corn
- 6 cups milk
- 6 stalks celery, sliced
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 1/2 cups frozen corn
- 2 Tbsps. olive oil
- 5 Tbsps. butter
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Parboil potatoes. See photo captions if like me you overcook potatoes.
- Drain potatoes. Add creamed style corn and milk and simmer.
- Sweat celery and onions in olive oil and butter.
- Add to stockpot and continue simmering.
- Sauté frozen corn in 2 Tbsps. butter and add to stockpot.
- Add 1 Tbsp.. butter and salt and pepper to taste.
- Simmer until potatoes are tender.
My batch of corn chowder came out good but missing something. In hindsight, I am positive my mom used bay leaves in her chowder and possibly sage. I am going to have to check with my other sister and adapt my recipe.