Sunday, January 25, 2009

Comfort food

Lately I have come across the term 'comfort food' a lot. What do you think of when you hear that term? Some may think of chocolate, or ice cream, something to comfort you when you are down. My first thought is a little different. It's a comfort of warmth and familiarity. I'm sure everyone has their own comfort food that conjures up memories, and a peaceful feeling. So I stopped to think, what would my comfort food be? I didn't have to think for long. In fact I think I'll fix it for dinner tonight. I wouldn't be surprised in years down the road if you were to ask my children what their 'comfort food' was, they may give you the same answer. It is truly scrumptious and I encourage you to try it, I'm sure it will become one of your favorites.


8 oz. salt pork diced (I use 6-7 slices of bacon diced)
2 onions, chopped
1/2 c. chopped celery
1/2 bay leaf crumpled
2 Tbsp flour
4 cups water
3 c. diced potatoe
2 c. cream corn
2 c. evaporated milk
salt, pepper, parsley, paprika

Cook pork till brown & crisp. Remove and pour off all but 3 Tbsp. Add next 3 ingredients & cook for 5 min. Blend in flour. Add water & potatoes. Boil & simmer covered for 15 min. Add corn & milk. Heat well. Season and add pork. Makes 2 quarts.

To make it easier, I use 2 cans corn and 2 cans milk. I increase flour, water, and potato by 1/2. This makes for a larger amount, but I have NEVER had the left overs go to waste. They are usually eaten by the next day. Hope you enjoy.


MissKris said...

It was so nice to see your comment, Pat! And I love corn chowder!! It was a staple in our diet as I was growing mom made it often and it was one of the foods she cooked that ended up consistently good! She never was much of a cook. Hmmmm...without working taste buds, I can't think of anything that's truly my comfort food any more. Hope this finds you well, my friend. Hey, are you on Facebook? Let me know how to type you in if you are and I'll invite you!

Libby said...

ok, pat, you've been called out to play in the 'dark side'!! lol! that's ok, there are many of us there...just dont forget about your blog!!

Jamie Dawn said...

I like your idea of comfort food. That sounds really YUMMY!!
Comfort foods for me are pizza, blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream, chocolate truffles, and warm, bread and butter.
I love to eat.
I wish I could eat whatever I wanted and be skinny, but that's not the kind of metabolism I've been "blessed" with. So... I have to limit my indulgences.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
It's nice to meet you!

Barb said...

We like homemade chicken soup with dumplings!

Susie said...

Hi Pat
Lovely to see your comment as I returned from my blogging break!
Your chowder looks just yummy and I can see why there wouldn't be leftovers.
I love mac & cheese for comfort food!