Potato and Corn Chowder

I know I’m a broken record, but I am completely obsessed with summer produce. Watermelon, berries, peaches, plums, grapes, corn, tomatoes… It may not ever feel like summer here, but at least we get all the amazing produce.

We had a pretty awesome weekend…Friday night we went to Ikea (yeah I know it’s the lamest Friday night activity ever but it’s kind of the best time to go because it’s pretty much empty) and bought a bunch of new furniture and some rugs.

Saturday we attempted to buy a crib but we are pretty much the least decisive people ever so it didn’t happen. We did get some more house stuff, though. With just 8 weeks until the baby’s due date, I’m a little stressed that her nursery is still just an empty room, but we’ll get there…

Sunday was a 6-hour run at Crissy Field. No, I didn’t run for 6 hours. Actually I didn’t run at all (I walked). But the event was set up so you could do as many 1-mile loops as you wanted to within the 6 hour window.

I know it sounds completely tedious and painfully boring, but the view was nice and a bunch of running/blogging friends were out there too, so I ended up walking 7 miles and having a ton of fun.

Courtney and I walked the first lap together, and then she went on to run 19 miles!

Jana, Sandra, Karin, Layla, Alyssa, and Aron were all out there too!

A bunch of these girls are running the San Francisco Marathon, and my sister is too. I’m SUPER excited about spectating in Golden Gate Park!

Mike ended up running 13 laps, and then walked a lap with me.

(I promise he does own other T shirts)

The morning was so fun, it probably deserves its own post, but I’ll just go ahead and give you that chowder recipe. This is a pretty easy soup…the hardest part is probably cutting the kernels off the ears of corn. It’s absolutely divine with a little shredded smoked cheddar cheese mixed in! I’m thinking it would be really easy to make it vegan, too…just use your favorite non-dairy milk.

(adapted from A New Way to Cook by Sally Schneider)

3 large ears fresh corn (2-3 cups kernels)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
2 medium red potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1 cm dice (peel them if you want)
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 jalapenos, chopped (and seeded if you don’t want the heat)
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 cups vegetable broth
2 cups whole milk

thinly sliced green onions
shredded smoked cheddar cheese
lime wedges
fresh cilantro

Cut the kernels off the cobs, but reserve the cobs to flavor the soup.

Heat the oil in a large soup pot and add the onion. Cook for about 8 minutes, or until onion is soft and translucent.

Stir in the corn kernels and potatoes, cover, and cook for about 5 minutes. Then stir in the garlic, jalapenos, and cumin seeds and cook for a few more minutes, until the cumin and garlic are fragrant.

Stir in the broth and milk, and add the corn cobs. Turn heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until corn and potatoes are tender. Add salt to taste.

Remove the corn cobs and pulse a few times with an immersion blender (you don’t want to puree the soup completely, this is just to thicken it up a little bit.

Ladle into bowls and garnish as desired.

6 Responses to “Potato and Corn Chowder”

  1. 1 Kristen July 11, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I wish I could have made it to the run Sunday. Looks like you girls had fun. Great job with all the walking!

    I love that you bought the first dress you tried and and loved it! So rarely does that happen but when you know you know!

  2. 2 Beth July 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I’m sorry I missed the Distance Classic, but it looks like you all had a blast! I’m out of town the weekend of the SF Marathon, so I can’t even have the fun of spectating. I’ll just have to cheer for everyone virtually 🙂 The soup looks amazing, and since my boyfriend thinks jalapenos are a food group, I think this recipe would go over well!

  3. 3 Alyssa July 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    I’m so glad we got to hang out this weekend, and I’m stoked knowing you’ll be at the race to cheer! Hope you have a great week! (PS I have food envy looking at your photos!!

  4. 4 RunToTheFinish July 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    any time spent with friends and running buddies is a great time. Plus what a way not to forget the incredible views you have in SF!

  5. 5 Kate July 12, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Your summer produce obsession sounds like mine!

  6. 6 Naomi July 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I’m so glad we got to hang out again this weekend! This recipe looks amazing and looks simple enough that even I might be able to pull it off!

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