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Savory Corn Chowder



Are you a day dreamer? I day dream… a lot. Everyday I have a day dream or two… or three…

Today I’m day dreaming about running in the warm weather, a beach, and a frozen margarita.

You might be thinking:

Why is Estela day dreaming about this?

Answer: Because it’s cold here! It’s really freaking cold here! I’m talking bone chilling, whipping air, make you wanna cry cold. It probably doesn’t help that my husband has been watching the Kona, Hawaii Iron Man Marathon all day and talking about he should be training for one instead of sitting in front of the TV. By the way, did I tell you he really is training for one? Seriously… he really is!

Okay, enough about that… back to my day dream. Since I’m stuck with bone chilling cold weather, and I can’t go for a warm run, lay on a beach, or have a frozen margarita… wait, I just realized I can have one! I decided to go to the kitchen and make a frozen margarita flip through my recipes for a comforting soup.

I decided on this corn chowder… and let me tell you… IT. IS. GOOD! It’s super comforting, creamy, but not so heavy that it feels like you have a brick in your stomach.


The recipe called for bacon, but since I had so much left over ham from New Years I went with that.

Recipe adapted from Real Simple


  • 8 ounces ham or bacon cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 large white onion
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 10-ounce bags frozen corn
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons flour (optional)
  • Green onions thinly sliced for garnish

Cook ham or bacon in a large sauce pan until nice and crispy. Remove ham from pan and leave the dripping.

Cook the onion in ham dripping until soft (about 7 minutes). Add garlic, paprika, and red pepper. Stir for a couple of minutes

Stir in the frozen corn, chicken broth, half-and-half, and milk. Simmer for about 15 minutes. DO NOT let the soup boil… the milk will curdle (I made this mistake before). Take about half of the soup and pour into a blender. Puree until nice and smooth. Pour the puree back into the soup. Season with salt and pepper. If the soup isn’t thick enough for your liking, take 3 tablespoons flour and whisk with 1/3 cup water until dissolved. Pour flour mixture into soup and simmer for about 7 minutes.

Serve with a nice big piece of crusty bread!

This meal went perfect with a nice bottle glass of Sauvignon Blanc 😉


Question of the Day?

Are you a day dreamer? What was your last day dream about?

I still have that margarita beach on my mind…

25 Responses

  1. Jessica said on January 5, 2010 at 8:29 am

    OH YUM!! This looks so yummy. 🙂
    I am a HUGE daydreamer. I day dream about everything, like I’m a kid. 🙂

  2. Naomi (onefitfoodie) said on January 5, 2010 at 8:37 am

    lol BOTTLE of SB is more like it for sure 🙂

    looks delicious!!! and yes I always day dream, about life, my future yadda yadda

  3. Diana @ frontyardfoodie said on January 5, 2010 at 9:00 am

    I feel you on the cold….it’s like 1° here…with mucho snow and more on the way.

    My sister’s wedding last week had out door pictures and I was wearing a short strapless dress. Best believe I was day dreaming about beaches, sunshine, desert land, tea, hot tubs, soup. Anything I could think of!

  4. Anna@ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on January 5, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I am a big daydreamer. Always have been, ever since I was little! I usually do it now when I take walks with my dogs 🙂

    This chowder looks great!

  5. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on January 5, 2010 at 9:22 am

    I dream of warmer weather and high carb days. I just so happen to be doing both RIGHT NOW! 😉

  6. Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen said on January 5, 2010 at 10:59 am

    OK, seriously making this tonight. I’m so excited I already have all of the ingredients on hand! Can’t wait 🙂

  7. The Candid RD said on January 5, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I don’t day dream a lot, as I’m too consumed with “what do I need to do” dreaming. IN other words, I’m a scatter brain! When I do day dream, I think about my future and where I will be in ten years. But, not that I mention it, as I look outside my window and see all the snow, I am thinking about an ocean and margaritas….oh yes, super relaxing.

    The corn chowder and bottle, I mean glass, of wine sounds like a fantastic dinner! Thanks for sharing this recipe, it’s perfect for these cold winter days! I mean…hot, sunny, beachy days 😉

  8. Lauren said on January 5, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I daydream the whole time on my way from school or work, almost every day. Today’s day dream involved the NIGHT DREAM i had coming true. Crazy stuff.

  9. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on January 5, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    That sounds SO good! I have never made a chowder before…and yes, it is PERFECT soup weather!

  10. katie said on January 5, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    yumm! thats PERFECT comfort food for this frigid weather

  11. Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen said on January 5, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Hey girl, showed you some bloggy love today 🙂 Thanks for being awesome!

  12. Jenn ( said on January 5, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    That chowder looks delish!


  13. Carroll B. Merriman said on January 5, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    What a wonderful blog! Please continue this great work I will be sure to check back regularly…

  14. Mommy RD said on January 5, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    We most both be dreaming of sauvignon blanc, because I posted it as a good match to the salads I posted today. It is 74 and sunny here, so I had my mind on salad vs. soup – although your’s looks scrumptious!

  15. Kristen @ Simply Savor said on January 5, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    yum yum yum! i looove chowders–can’t wait to try this recipe out! i tend to daydream all the time, especially when I’m doing something I don’t want to be doing…i get some of my best daydreaming done in the library when i’m supposed to studying 😉

    Have a great day!!

  16. Meredith (Pursuing Balance) said on January 5, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Yum! I’m planning on a soup later this week too . . . I hate the cold!

  17. Nicole said on January 5, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I am so glad you did, as I’ve now found yours! LOVE it!! That corn chowder and a margarita are going to be my day dreams tomorrow! I’m saving that recipe, it looks fabulous! Looking forward to reading more over here : )


  18. lynn @ the actors diet said on January 5, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    gorgeous bowl of soup! my husband actually made up a rap in elementary school called “my corn chowder speaks louder than words, y’all”

  19. Jenny said on January 6, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Ok, that corn chowder looks DE-LI-CIOUS! I’m glad you stopped in to my blog because now I can read yours. 🙂 My last daydream? Yoga! More specifically, the day when I can do insane yoga poses that would probably cause bodily harm for me to attempt at this point. Someday!

  20. Casey @SpicyandSweet said on January 6, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I do daydream, a lot! Mostly about the beach, my wedding, eating…

  21. Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said on January 6, 2010 at 11:25 am

    My dad used to make corn chowder for us all the time and I would slurp it up like it was nobody’s business!! I love that tablecloth/placemat you have underneath the bowl.

  22. multivitamins said on January 7, 2010 at 1:35 am

    This looks fantastic recipe.I like boiled corn with butter very much.I like spicy recipe very much and this seems spicy.It is perfect for me.Thanks for this recipe.

  23. Carroll B. Merriman said on January 7, 2010 at 1:35 pm

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  24. Yum Yucky said on January 7, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Excuse me, can you sign me up for that? Actually, make it two bowls instead…or ten.

  25. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) said on January 7, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Yum, I love corn chowder! I can’t say I am a day dreamer…I do have dreams though!