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Corn Chowder
Adding the corncobs to the soup while it cooks intensifies the summery flavor of fresh corn.

Ingredients:

  • 4 bacon slices, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 6 cups milk
  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 12 ears of corn, kernels removed, 6 corncobs
      reserved
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • Salt, to taste
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste

Directions:

In a sauté pan over medium heat, cook the bacon, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a slow cooker.

Pour off all but 1 Tbs. of the drippings from the pan. Add the onion to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the onion, milk, potatoes, corn and reserved corncobs to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Remove the corncobs and discard. Using a stick blender, puree the chowder directly in the slow cooker to the desired consistency. Alternatively, in a blender or food processor, puree the soup in batches until smooth. Stir in the chives. Season with salt and cayenne pepper. Serve immediately.
Serves 6 to 8.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma New American Cooking Series, California, by Janet Fletcher (Time-Life Books, 2000).