Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Crazy Times -- Corn Chowder

 As you've probably figured out, with my recent decision to move from Massachusetts to Texas in less than a month, life has gotten super crazy.

Please stick with me, and know that long periods of dead air are probably going to occur in this blog as my kitchen things are packed away and my pantry is eaten down in preparation for the move. November 3rd... half a month away, now!

Austin Skyline from South Congress

Though, I don't think it'll be quite as crazy as last week, at least until it's "go time" anyway. Last week I flew myself down to Austin for a job interview--can I get some fingers crossed and a lot of luck sent my way? I'd REALLY like this job!--and because a popular music festival was going on, I had to shift my dates a bit in order to save a few hundred dollars on my plane ticket. Plus, it was my birthday week, AND I got a random, slightly embarrassing illness the first day there, so adding to my crazy schedule was trying to figure out how to get medicine when my insurance had run out THAT DAY (I turned 26, no more parents' plan) and when I was a plane ride away from my doctor... woo boy. It was a crazy trip indeed.

Birthday Dinner at Sushi Zushi

Oh and, note to self: rental cars are a ripoff. Unless absolutely necessary, I will not be using one again. I got charged for a ton of stuff I didn't need and still have a $350 hold on my debit account because I didn't want to pay with credit. I don't even like thinking about the chip that took out of my Austin Move Fund. Oy.

When I got back on Saturday, I immediately stepped off the plane and drove to my friend Jessa's wedding. Despite being a drizzly day for an outside wedding, it was GORGEOUS. Jessa was my alternate roommate when I studied abroad in college, and I remember we clicked immediately. While we don't get to see each other nearly as much as I'd like, we always hop right into being friends whenever we do find time. Every last detail was amazing. It was a true Autumn wedding and I was so happy to be there to share in her and Frank's wonderful day. Plus one of my college besties, Heather, was Maid of Honor. Two friends and one amazing day!

Finally, Cory left for Austin yesterday. He secured a job that needed him earlier than I could leave Massachusetts, so by tomorrow he will be settling into the city and beginning work. I will join him when he flies back to drive my car down on the 3rd. To celebrate his last day, we had a wonderful date together before my birthday party on Sunday (I told you it was a crazy week! Austin-Wedding-Birthday, rapid fire!).

We started the day with breakfast at our favorite local spot--The Brass Buckle--then took a short jaunt to Poet's Seat, a gorgeous summit point in town, and then wandered around the Butterfly Conservatory. I took a million pictures, obviously.

I'm going to miss him tons, but it's only three weeks. I keep telling myself that. Then, it's off to Austin and our next big adventure!

Cory's truck, packed up and leaving town

I've had this corn chowder on deck for a while, but kept forgoing it for apple or pumpkin recipes that popped up. I hope to make this just one more time before I leave, it really is the perfect hearty soup for the Autumn chill. Extra points if you can get fresh corn on the cob, but the season seems to be just about over...

Corn Chowder
(I watched the chef at our last Reenactment make this, so the recipe is hers but the measurements are mine)

  • 2 large ears of corn, corn removed from cob
  • 2 large red potatoes, cubed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 package bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbs corn starch + 2 tbs water
  • salt and pepper, to taste

-Cook the bacon in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until desired consistency is reached. (If you like it crispy, remove from pan and set aside so it doesn't burn. I like it chewy, so I cooked it until just done and left it in the pan).

-Add onions and garlic, and cook in the bacon fat until translucent. Add the potato and chicken broth.

-Gently simmer until potato is fork-tender but not falling apart. Stirring gently, add the heavy cream. Simmer until cream has thickened, then add corn starch to thicken further.

-Serve hot, with bread for dunking. Also a great addition: chopped roasted red pepper.


  1. omg so much craziness-poor thing!! I love that pic of that butterfly though and hope you had plenty of fun and that all of your guys' moving plans go smoothly! and yum yum yummm corn chowder!

  2. Awww! Austin is one of my favorite cities in the world and I know it will be fabulous for you!! Good luck with everything!! This chowdah looks fab :)


  3. Hang in there!! It sounds like you need some comfort food, and this chowder totally fits the bill :)

  4. I remember the first time I moved away from family and friends, Minneapolis to Chicago. You'll only have one "first move" and you'll figure how to handle it. One day at a time. Then the next times will be a cinch. Very exciting. I envy you. A whole new city.

  5. Enjoy those 3 weeks! You will be super prepared for the move by then :) Looks like you have had a great week. Love the final shot of the chowder - a lot.

  6. It's starting to get cold in Northern California and this soup surely would warm me up! Best of luck with your move :)

  7. Good luck with the job interview, keeping fingers crossed but I bet you'd did great! Ah fresh corn in corn chowder, such a delicious sweet luxury. This might just have to wait until next year again!

  8. You will love Austin! My husband and I just moved back to Colorado after living there for three years (I was in graduate school). I can't wait to see you explore the city. Keeping my fingers crossed with the job interview!

  9. Crossing my fingers for this job. And to you and Cory, welcome to Texas, y'all.

  10. good luck with the move! and i hope the job works out. we just moved to nashville and i know how crazy moving can be. enjoy your last weeks in MA!