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« on: August 01, 2012 01:40:12 PM »

I was super excited when this challenge came up. I love to cook! Since it's summer, my first thoughts were of cold treats, quick dinners so the kitchen doesn’t heat up the house and various other yummy, hot-weather thoughts. But, since I live in an often cool and cloudy part of the world, I made a batch of warm and hearty potato and vegetable chowder!


I looked at several definitions of soup and stew terms and think this recipe is closest to a chowder, but I'm open to suggestions! I made up this recipe all by myself about 5 years ago, I think, and it was my first success at doing so Grin 

I’d never written down what amounts of everything to use, but now I have! It's good now that I don't have to rely on memory  Tongue

3 Yukon gold potatoes (they were a little bigger than my fist closed loosely. You can use russets or whatever too. This isn’t rocket science Smiley )
5 celery ribs
1/2 of a sweet onion (yellow or white is good too)
water
1 head broccoli
1 1/2 cups milk (I used 2%)
1/4 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon paprika
salt
pepper

Wash, peel and dice (as needed) the first 3 ingredients.


Put them in a medium-sized pot and fill with just enough water to cover them. Stick it on the stove and boil until you can easily stab and break apart the potatoes with a fork. From starting to wash to this point took about 40 minutes for me.


Place a colander over a bowl. Pour veggies into the colander so the liquid drains into the bowl. That liquid is veggie broth, baby! Liquid gold in my book.


Put the veggies in a big pot and give them a once-over with a potato masher. There should be whole dices left but mostly broken up or mashed.


Pour 1 1/2 cups veggie broth back in with the veggies plus 1 1/2 cups milk. Sift the 1/4 cup flour and 1/8 teaspoon paprika over this and stir in so clumps don’t form (if they do, mash them). Put it on the stove over medium-low heat. The mashing and flour will thicken the soup!

Wash the broccoli- Don’t dry! -and cut the flowers off into a bowl. Cover it with a paper towel and steam it in the microwave. I used the “cook soft veggies” setting on mine.

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Stir the soup frequently, mashing the veggies a bit more with the back of the spoon every once in a while if you want. Also every once in a while take out a spoonful and blow on it. Does it part where you blow then slowly come together again? Once it does and you feel like Moses parting the Red Sea, stir in the steamed broccoli and remove from heat.

Now dish it up! Salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

This is great reheated; I think even better. And, as you may guessed from the title, from start to finish this soup only takes about 60 minutes! Bon appetit!
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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2012 01:50:56 PM »

Looks delicious! I love the pic of your diced veggies, so pretty!
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2012 05:38:02 PM »

This looks amazing! Bookmarked it! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2012 06:37:34 PM »

This looks amazing! Bookmarked it! Cheesy


Oh, thanks! I hope you like it  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2012 09:34:28 AM »

Loving it.  This may be a good choice for me in the dorms....cheap, cheerful, and full of veggies.

(I'm in love with the picture on your microwave...gotta do that for my roommates this semester - last time I ended up scrubbing like Lady MacBeth!)
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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2012 06:57:37 PM »

Loving it.  This may be a good choice for me in the dorms....cheap, cheerful, and full of veggies.
Oh, excellent idea! Yep, yep, very cheap and makes enough so you won't get too mad if one of your roommates sneaks some. Roll Eyes

(I'm in love with the picture on your microwave...gotta do that for my roommates this semester - last time I ended up scrubbing like Lady MacBeth!)
Hope a funny ultimatum will solve your problems so you don't pull a Lady MacB!  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2012 06:32:35 AM »

This looks yummy، and the instructions are very clear. I will definitly try it once the weather outside stops resembling soup itself  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2012 06:29:48 PM »

that looks so good, I've never put broccoli in chowder before, but now I think I will try.
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« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2013 11:09:18 AM »

Thank you for sharing this recipe. It was really good. I did add a little garlic and parsley. I'm usually not a big fan of celery, but I didn't mind it in this. I will definitely make this again.
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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2013 10:37:48 AM »

This sounds delicious!
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