Bacon Corn Chowder

Bacon Corn Chowder -- A Pinch of Joy Quick to make, hearty and filling!

Bacon Corn Chowder -- A Pinch of Joy     Quick to make, hearty and filling!

Bacon Corn Chowder is a quick meal. It takes about half an hour to make it from start to finish. The word chowder comes from the French word “chaudiere”, meaning a three-legged cauldron used by fishermen to make seafood stews. When the fishermen returned from sea, each village had a large chaudiere waiting for a portion of each man’s catch. The resulting stew was served during the community’s welcoming celebration. Although a chowder originally always included seafood, Americans began substituting other handy ingredients, often with potatoes as the base. Today chowder refers to any thick, rich soup with chunky ingredients that is cooked quickly without prolonged simmering.

This dish is a lesson in multi tasking! Cut the bacon into pieces before browning. I usually cut the whole package of bacon in half across the middle, securely fastening the unused half and returning it to the refrigerator. Cut across the length of the bacon four times and place in skillet to brown. Set a medium pot with 2-3 inches of water on the burner to boil. While it is browning, peel the potatoes and dice. Put potatoes in boiling water, making sure there is sufficient to just cover the potatoes. Chop onion and add to bacon. (If you have more than a tablespoons of bacon fat in the pan, you might want to drain or spoon some out first.) While bacon finishes browning and onion is sautéing, check to see if potatoes are done by stabbing a piece with a fork. Overcooking the potatoes will make the chowder mushy. When potatoes can be pierced with a fork, but still firm, drain first into a measuring cup. Reserve one cup of potato water and discard the rest. Replace pan on burner over medium heat. Add cream corn, whole corn, evaporated milk, salt and pepper. When onions are softened and starting to turn color, add the bacon and onion to the pot. Cook until heated through. Serve. Relax and enjoy a hot, hearty and filling meal.

Bacon Corn Chowder
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Quick to make, hearty and filling.
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 6 servings
  • ½ pound bacon (about 8 strips), chopped
  • 1 small/medium onion, chopped
  • 5 medium potatoes, diced (about 3 ½ cups)
  • 1 can cream-style corn
  • 1 can whole corn, drained
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper or to taste
  1. Brown bacon over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Push to one side to continue cooking until crisp.
  2. Add chopped onion to bacon grease (about 1 tablespoon, discard excess) and begin saute, stirring onions as needed.
  3. In meantime, set a medium pan on burner with 2-3 inches of water and bring to boil. Peel and dice potatoes in small bite-sized chunks. Add to boiling water and cook until just tender, about 12 minutes.
  4. Remove potatoes from heat. Drain reserving one cup potato water. Return pot to medium heat, add potato water, milk, cream-style corn, whole corn, salt and pepper. Add bacon and onion.
  5. Stir well and heat through and slightly thickened.
  6. Traditionally served with crisp crust bread or crackers. Substitute ready made salad, if desired.

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Mudroom gets a coat of primer

This time last year, I was finishing the design for the new home we were going to build. We loved the design and the details, but other important things – like the builder and the right land — just weren’t coming together. A few months later, we found this house on the third “shopping trip” 1000 miles from our Ohio home. (Thanks so much to my patient, hospitable and helpful sisters and families for their help and support!!!!) It was quite similar to the design we had planned — except we wanted a big front porch. Instead of building a new house, we’ve been painting this one. Probably could have built a new house in the same amount of time  :-) But we are done with the big paint projects. Happy dance!  Here’s what we’ve done most recently:

Mudroom gets a coat of primer

Wheels is putting  a coat of primer on the back entryway.  We had a discussion on the proper name for this space between the coat closet and a bench.  I’ve been calling it a mudroom.  He informed me we don’t have mud to worry about so we should call it a foyer.  I said it was too small to be a foyer, we’ll just call it the garage door space.  Well, it doesn’t matter, he said, just as long as it is not a mudroom.  Then it dawned on me.  That’s the door he uses most often and  he was taking offense at being considered a mud tracker in-er.  Okay, foyer, I said.  We’ve called it the back door  ever since.  Unless we want to get really specific.  Then it’s the mudroom.

After Painting: The Basement Bath

The basement bathroom above was painted a warm gray (Sherwin Williams Popular Gray), perfect for this windowless space.

Laundry Room Before

The laundry room before.  The mirror hangs above the sink.   All of the recently painted rooms were this same gold color.  It was the lightest color in the house and still took a coat of primer and two coats of color to cover.

Laundry Room After

Love, love, love the pure white of the cupboards against the blue green of the new wall color  (SW Tidewater) in the laundry room after painting.

5Guest Bath

The guest bath got a new color too (SW Cay).  The blue makes the copper glass top on the vanity stand out beautifully.  We needed new hardware in here so chose black ringed with copper, repeating the sink color.

 Bytes Office

Bytes office was painted SW Bubble to reflect as much light as possible.  Yes, the top of his computer monitor is the same height as the closet door.   The monitor is enormous and sets on a standing desk.  Definitely dominates the room!

8 Pantry After

We painted the walk-in pantry at the last minute.  It was a huge job, but finishing it meant all the rooms were freshly painted.  Bytes sprayed the walls, which saved a ton of time.  The walls are SW Biscuit and the shelves are SW Interactive Cream.  (Appropriate for the pantry — biscuits and cream!)    The ceiling paint is indeed yellow — Sherwin Williams Friendly Yellow to be exact!  Just for fun.  It looks like a bit of sunshine peeking through the transom above the pantry door.

9Back Door

We’re done with the big jobs.  But there is more to come. . . this shiny, yellow, shiny, metal painted to look like oak, shiny door in the foyer/mudroom is just begging to fit in with the new blue (SW Topsail)  walls.  Did I mention it is shiny?  Really shiny.  Not that it bugs me or anything.  Really, really shiny!

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