Monday, November 9, 2009

home cooking

This weekend I rekindled my love affair with home cooking. Funny how when one is relaxed, time in the kitchen becomes a delight (rather than a chore)! Sunday morning, I made myself a cup of tea, grabbed some of my favorite cook books off the shelf and jumped back into bed. After planning a week's worth of meals, I threw on some clothes and headed to the market. In the bag: new potatoes, fresh sage, butternut squash, cauliflower, baby spinach, local mozzarella, and a half gallon of apple cider. Spinach quiche was the first item on the menu (much to the delight of my stitching group). And later this week: potato chowder (courtesy of Heidi Swanson) ~ a recipe too good not to share:

Rustic Potato Chowder

8-10 slices bacon (or fake bacon)
3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 onions, chopped
3 shallots, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
4 cups unpeeled new potatoes
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
4 cups milk
1 cup Gruyère cheese (optional)

In a large pot, cook bacon until brown and crisp. Cool and chop into small pieces. Set aside. In same pot, heat the olive oil and add onions, shallots, and garlic, until soft. Add potatoes and salt, and sauté for about 2 minutes, then add mustard and milk. Bring to boil and simmer for about 25 minutes, or until the soup thickens and the potatoes are soft throughout. Whisk in cheese. Salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with extra bacon, fresh chives, and/or chive blossoms.

(from Cook 1.0)

Oh, but the highlight of the weekend had nothing to do with food ~ I was treated to a special tour of the Slayton House! Just gorgeous.


Blue said...

I agree about Slayton House. Lovely barrel vaulting and so unexpected in a modern house. Won't be making the soup, I'm afraid, though the recipe reads well - too much dairy for me and somehow soy doesn't quite make a good substitute.

Anne said...

This recipe sounds delicious and easy! I am definitely going to try this one...we have some leftover Gruyere in the fridge looking for a home.

Janet said...

Blue ~ you are funny! I will try to keep your dietary restrictions in mind when next I post a recipe. Thankfully, dairy is not an issue for me...despite of my various tummy issues.

Anne ~ I am cooking tonight! And is perfect for those errant hunks of Gruyère.

pve design said...

Many years ago, when I worked two jobs, one weekend retail job, they served the heartiest soups, and I fondly remember a chowder that gave me so much energy and inspiration!
that and a good crusty bit of bread is always so inviting.

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

Loved the architecture of the Slayton house but a bit too museum-ish for me on a daily basis. Though I'd be quite happy living in a cabinet of curiosities! Are you going to reveal more about your stitching group?

home before dark said...

Made a variation of this last night. Delicious! It was a warm welcome on a day that hinted of our first snow. Perfect.

Janet said...

home before dark ~ snow. chowder. perfection indeed.

Semigloss Chic said...

Yum!! Great recipe, I can't wait to try it.

smilla4blogs said...

Sounds fantastic!

Kristin said...

I'm definitely saving this recipe. YUM!