August 9, 2013

Dairy-Free Corn Chowder

It's sweet corn season nationwide, and what better to make with all those ears than corn chowder? Maybe corn on the cob, but that aside, here's a recipe for your weekend! For the first time in weeks I finally had the desire to make a nice three course meal, so I walked to the co-op and loaded up my backpack with all things fresh. A few slow miles of walking and a three hours later it was Friday night and I was serving up corn chowder, a hearty pesto linguine, and darling shortcakes (recipe to come) on my new roof. This soup is true comfort food for a long week gone by. Sweet and spicy with a zing lime finish! Top with whatever veggies you have around and a hefty sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper.Thanks to PPK for all the tips!

olive oil
1 yellow onion (chopped)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
1-2 jalapenos
6 ears of corn
3 carrots (chopped)
4 potatoes (peeled and chopped)
5 cups veggie broth
1 Tbs. arrowroot
1 can coconut milk
1-2 limes

Employ one of your trusty kitchen helpers to shuck the corn and pull those pesky silks out. Use a large chef's knife to remove the kernels from the cob and place in a bowl. Heat the veggie broth in a saucepan. In a large soup pot, heat the oil then saute the onion. Once translucent, add the garlic and jalapeno, stirring often to prevent sticking. Add the carrots and corn and saute for 5 minutes. Next add the potato and four cups of veggie broth. Lower to simmer. Mix the remaining cup of veggie broth with the Tbs. of arrowroot powder (or corn starch) and set aside. Once all vegetables are cooked through, add this mixture and the coconut milk and stir to thicken. Once thickened, add the juice of one or two limes and remove from heat. Use an immersion blender to cream part of the soup, leaving some chunks as desired. Taste for lime, salt, and pepper, and top with cilantro and red pepper.


P.S. This is the view from my new roof! My neighbor has the most lovely green roof with wild onions growing on it! I wonder if he will let me go gather a few for a recipe. Until then, it's so nice to enjoy this view and it's so special that someone has taken such care in our little corner of Brooklyn.

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