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Summer Corn Chowder

I don’t know about you, but this time of the year I have to have my sweet corn.  When I was young my mom was friends with a couple who had, what we called then a truck farm.   That meant it wasn’t a huge commercial farm; they grew what they thought they could sell at the farmer’s market with some left over for themselves.

In those days, I got used to really, really, fresh corn.  We’d go out into the field and pick our ears and if anything so much as falling and dropping the ears on the ground were to happen they would already be too “old” to be eaten as if they were “fresh” and someone would run back to the field to get more to be tossed into the boiling water and eaten right there — at the farm.

I no longer have access to ‘fresh’ corn.  If I see a farm stand along the road I know it may be fresher than what you get in the store but even that is ‘old’ corn compared to what I grew up with — for every moment off the stalk the sugars in the corn are turning to starches.

If you can’t have FRESH, then this summer corn chowder might be a fun way to go.  I love corn chowder.  And this is a lovely way to do it!r-corn-chowder8

Summer Corn Chowder

Yield: 6 servings


  • 8 ears fresh sweet yellow corn, husked and silks removed and kernels cut from cob
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 5 slices bacon, cut into 1/4 to 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 lb Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 – 3 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, for serving (optional)


  • Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and bacon and cook, stirring frequently, until onion has softened and just starting to brown around edges, about 8 – 10 minutes. Add in the flour and garlic and cook 1 1/2 minutes. While whisking, slowly pour in 5 cups water. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, then stir in corn kernels and potatoes. Add in thyme and bay leaf and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a light boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Transfer 2 1/2 cups of the chowder to a blender and blend until smooth. Stir the mixture back into the pot then stir in half and half and honey. Sprinkle each serving with chives and optional cheddar.
  • Recipe source: adapted from Cooks Illustrated via Tracy’s Culinary Adventures

10 thoughts on “Summer Corn Chowder

  1. Linda Sand says:

    Have you heard about the new way to cook corn on the cob? Do nothing to it but stick it in the microwave. 4 minutes for one ear, 8 minutes for two ears. Chop off the base end then hold the shucks at the silks end and shake vigorously. The corn will come out clean and ready to eat. I still can’t believe it worked for me.

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  2. Yummy, I love corn chowder anytime of the year. In my line of work I’m forever coming home with left-over corn – more often than not leftover from corporate BBQs and already grilled. If I don’t turn it into salsa, it becomes chowder.Now if only I could find tomatoes that tasted like tomatoes. Sigh.

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      • Going to Penticton to visit my Dad next week. He still lives in the original family farmhouse on the few acres left of our farm. His vegetable garden makes me weak in the knees – without a doubt the most incredible beefsteak tomatoes imaginable. I can hardly wait. 🙂


      • And here I never thought you were mean, Ponder! You make me salivate and turn green with envy.

        I have never had a green thumb. I can grow bushes, but not veggies. sigh. I’d starve if it weren’t for groceries.

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