Upon returning from our Thanksgiving gatherings, our house was extremely cold. In order to conserve energy, the thermostat had been turned down and the indoor thermostat read 56. That doesn’t usually feel terrible (like for exercising), but I tend to get chilled easily when I’m relatively sedentary. So, the wool hat stayed on as did my puffball jacket and I cooked up a warming chowder with the scant ingredients we had on hand. The cats had A LOT to tell me about as I made dinner. Most of their comments had to do with loneliness, lack of canned food, having the door to the sunroom closed and the temperature of the house. A few other things were mentioned but their sailor speak is not appropriate for my blog. The above cat is my parents’ taken on Thanksgiving. Mine are still not feeling photogenic but their pictures will be posted soon.
Here are the goods you need to make a warming veggie chowder like mine:
potatoes – about two cups chopped (most of mine were purple so they looked interesting in the soup)
1 head of broccoli – 3 ish cups
2 cups of frozen corn
4 cups of water (I added 2 bouillon cubes)
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 can evaporated milk
optional – grated cheddar for topping the bowls
1. Saute onion in oil for 4-5 minutes. Add potatoes and carrots and stir for another minute. Add water to cover veggies (around 4 cups – more if necessary) and simmer with bouillon and thyme for 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally. Add milk , frozen/thawed corn and return to simmer for another few minutes.
2. Taste to adjust salt. Serve hot with an optional sprinkling of grated cheddar.