Thursday: Corn Chowder

So last Thursday I made this and people seemed to like it. The recipe below only makes 5 servings. It keeps well, though, so that should be a manageable amount.

The Recipe



  1. Boil potatoes in salted water until soft. (see note, below)

  2. Drain.

  3. Mash half of the potatoes and set aside

  4. Fry the bacon until very crisp. Crumble the bacon and set aside.

  5. Dump the cooked onions into a medium stockpot. Add the flour and heat until the mixture is bubbly and the flour is well dissolved. Add the milk and bring to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. You need to watch your pot pretty carefully while bringing to a boil and heating. The bottom tends to easily scorch. Once boiling add the salt, pepper, bacon, corn and all the potatoes. (If desired reserve some of the bacon for the garnish.)

  6. Heat soup until hot. Serve garnished with a dash of paprika, a sprinkling of cheddar cheese and some crumbled bacon.

The Notes

The Resource

Your own library / your neighborhood

Call it a cop-out resource if you like, but I've found a lot of cool stuff by digging through my predecessor's library. In my apartment alone, I have a massive vegetarian cookbook, Vol. 1 of the Joy of Cooking, paperback edition (it's so comprehensive: it tells you how to cook everything from rhubarb to brains.) and a couple of others.

Holding a book swap is a good way to exchange resources.

Another idea would be to do a cooking exchange with someone (works like a language exchange, except you bring/teach each other typical foods from your countries).

Finally, don't forget the delicious recipes that your fellow JETs shared at the beginning of the year conference!