“Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor.” ~ Marge Kennedy

NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It’s my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian ‘Quote Cup’ passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each week, along with an update and photos of what has been going on in our lives. I love trying new recipes…and love getting recipes you would like to share!

We ate at a communal table when we stopped at Young Joni last weekend and another group at our table offered to take our photo. They were excited to be moving to Minneapolis and of course we had to talk about what a great place this is to live! They asked how long we have been together, and when we told them we have been married 46 years one of them said… “You two are so cute, you are what I want to be 40 years from now!”

RECIPE OF THE WEEK

Cold winter days mean soup to me. I have some awesome soup recipes that require a lot of chopping, but I wanted something simple this time. This slow cooker chicken corn chowder fit the bill. I made it even simpler by using rotisserie chicken instead of cooking my own… added a little more flour mixed with the broth to make it a little thicker. As in the quote above… it was even better the next day as it had time for everything to blend and reach full flavor.

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN CORN CHOWDER

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound sliced boneless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 16 ounce frozen sweet corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic pwder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked crispy and broken into small pieces
  • Fresh chives, minced

CHICKEN OPTIONS

  1. Omit the first three items on the list above and use hand pulled rotisserie chicken
  2. Cook chicken breasts in skillet in melted butter about 2-3 minutes each side to get golden crust
  3. Cook raw chicken in slow cooker

If not using pre-cooked chicken, place chicken in slow cooker. Add corn. Sprinkle with flour, onion powder, garlic powder and thyme and toss to coat evenly. Slowly add broth while stirring so it doesn’t clump.

Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.

Shred chicken cooked in crock pot or add shredded pre-cooked chicken. Stir in cream and add salt and pepper to taste (perhaps 1 teaspoon salt). Add flour if desired for desired consistency. Cook again with high heat for about 15 minutes.

Serve with crumbled bacon and chives as desired.

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results – Email – Minneapolis Realtor who cooks

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About Sharlene Hensrud

I love what I do! Highly insightful, analytical and creative, there is nothing I love more than helping you find the right solution for your real estate transition. My mission is to serve my clients with honesty and integrity, exceeding their expectations in service and support… and to help others by donating a portion of every transaction to Habitat for Humanity.

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