Friday, May 27, 2011

Let's go to the Beach!

Summer time is beach time and a girl has to have a stylish way to tote all those beach supplies to the water's edge or to poolside if sand between your toes isn't any option.

Head on over the May Arts blog to see how to make your own stylish and oh so chic carry all.

Two posts today, so if you're looking for Foodie Friday, click here or scroll down for yumminess.

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Foodie Fridday - Fresh Corn and Ham Chowder

I love summer time...fresh peaches, watermelon, blackberries, and fresh corn!  Boil it, steam it, grill it, I don't care.  I love it!

I found this recipe in my latest of Food Network magazine under Weeknight and easy meals.
It's absolutely the best corn chowder I've made but be forewarned...the recipe said 4 servings...this will serve at least 6.

Fresh Corn and Ham Chowder
active time: 30 minutes/ total time 40 minutes

6 ears corn, shucked
5 T. unsalted butter
4 sprigs thyme
1 large onion, diced
3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1 large clove garlic, minced
Kosher salt
8 oz. ham, diced
2 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" pieces
6 scallions, chopped
5 c. water
2/3 c. heavy cream (I know, but it's soooooo good!)
black pepper, as desired

1.  Slice the corn kernels off the cob and reserve the cobs.  Heat 4 T. butter in a large pot over high heat.  Add the thyme, onion, celery, garlic 1 t. salt and all but 1/2 c. EACH corn kernels and ham; cook 1 minute.  Add the potatoes, corn cobs and 5 c. water.  Cover and cook until the potatoes are very tender, 20-25 minutes.

2.  Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 T. butter in a skillet over med. high heat.  Add the reserved corn kernels and ham and cook until the am is browned, about 6 minutes.  Add the scallions and cook until softened, about 1 minute.

3.  Remove the corn cobs from the soup and discard.  Stir in the heavy cream and cook until heated through, but not boiling, about 1 minute.  Ladle the soup into bowls and top with the corn-ham mixture.

YUM!  Hubby was late coming home from work so my corn-ham garnish didn't look as fresh as it should have.  I will also save some of the scallions for the garnish as well the next time...and there will be a next time for sure!!
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