(Originally posted October 17, 2012)
Hey everyone! This is my first cooking entry, who’s excited? I am ecstatic to be able to share my ideas with the world, in this case through cooking.
In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”
I’ve always loved making up my own crazy recipes from scratch and some of them have turned out pretty darn tasty, at least I think so. Some of the recipes I will share on this blog are completely random things I think up and others are based off of other people’s recipes that I have put my own twist on.
The first recipe I am going to share with you is my take on Crock Pot Corn Chowder. This is one of those recipes where I started out making it using someone else’s recipe but then it turned into my own after years of making it. Normally my Corn Chowder never ends up being the exact same, but I have pretty much narrowed it down to the version I think turned out the best.
You will come to learn as I post more and more recipes that measurements do not exist in my world of cooking (unless I am in the baking world, where I am sure you know measurements are very important). I am a true believer that when you are cooking you should add the amount of ingredients that fit your taste or your diet or whatever the case may be to fit your needs. This method does take some experimenting and trial and error for sure, but I think that is a lot of what makes cooking fun and more creative. A common misconception in cooking is “I must follow the recipe exactly”, this is entirely untrue. If you don’t like a certain ingredient swap it for something you do like, or add extra of another ingredient in its place.
The two ingredients I have found that don’t work in Corn Chowder is artichoke and asparagus, for some reason they just don’t seem to fit well, which is kind of disappointing to find out because I love them both.
Below you will find a list of ingredients (not limited to) and Directions
Green/Red/Yellow/Orange Pepper (You can use your favorite kind of pepper or all the kinds of peppers, it’s up to you, I normally use all four kinds to make the chowder more colorful and fun)
Cubed Potatoes (peeled potatoes work best in my opinion)
Chicken/Beef/Vegetable Broth (use whatever type of Broth suits your taste the best)
Optional Ingredients ::
Shredded Cheese (variety of your choice)
- Start out with everything thrown in the crock pot EXCEPT the whipping cream, bacon bits, and cheese (add those at the end)
- Cook on high until all of the ingredients are done.
- Drain out a good bit of the broth you used
- Add the whipping cream and let cook on high for another hour or so
- Pour in a bowl, serve and enjoy (add bacon bits and/or shredded cheese on top for a little extra kick, you can also add more spices if you feel the need)
Have a lot of leftovers after a few days? Here is one thing you can do:
- Take a chicken breast and a couple spoon fulls of the corn chowder (make sure to include some of the liquids) as marinade and throw them in some tin foil or a baking dish
- Add salt and pepper (and whatever spices fit your taste buds at the time)
- Serve on a plate and enjoy! (Good with bread, salad, rice)
This is a fun way to change up the corn chowder after eating it by itself for a few days. The chicken comes out nice and juicy.
That’s just about all there is to it! If you try the recipe please comment below and let me know how it turned out, whether you liked or disliked it, or if only certain parts didn’t work and others did. I’d love to hear your feedback.
Until next time I leave you with this quote:
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”