I happened across a recipe the other day–you know how it goes, you’re reading a recipe and you think, “Hey, I’ve got all the ingredients for that already!” And what sounded like a good recipe now sounds like an awesome idea!
This recipe was for Summer Corn, Bacon, and Potato Chowder. It was actually a Weight Watchers recipe, which, I knew, would make it more appealing to Trevor. And because we’ve been getting lots of wonderful CSA produce from Bluebird Gardens, I actually had up-to-the-minute fresh portions of each and every thing on the ingredients list. Well, ok, almost.
The ingredients were basically fresh corn, some onion, a couple of potatoes, some Canadian bacon, a little celery, a red pepper, skim milk, and salt and pepper. I had everything except the Canadian bacon and the skim milk.
On sort of an aside, it drives my sister Carlene crazy when people say, “I made this recipe and it was great! I substituted blah for blah and this for that and increased the amount of whatever. . .” so that by the time they’re done, it’s really not the same recipe. That said, I have to admit that I’ve always sort of considered recipes more of a guideline than a specific set of rules.
So, I will say this. I substituted maple bacon for the Canadian bacon specified, because I happened to have a pound in the fridge (we’ve been on a BLT kick this summer and I LOVE that maple-flavored bacon). And I substituted 2% milk for the fat free skim, because that’s what I had (and in all honesty I would never use skim milk–I love the creamier 2% if we’re not using cream or half-and-half).
As Trevor was frying up the vegetables, he said he thought it looked kind of pretty, like confetti. So, of course, I had to take a picture.
This is what it looked like when it was done–really almost more like stew than soup, but it was EXCELLENT. I told Trevor I thought it was one of the best things I’d ever had, and he said, “Really?” So apparently he didn’t have QUITE the high opinion of it that I did, although he said he thought it was very good and he did have two bowls.
We thought we could maybe double the milk next time, and it would certainly be possible to use the stick blender on it to make it more of a creamy, blended soup, but I don’t know if, in the end, I’d change anything–I thought it was wonderful!