“Soup is the song of the hearth…and the home.” Louis P. DeGouy, “The Soup Book” (1949)
The weather had turned cold and rainy; the perfect atmosphere for a good bowl of soup. We’re big on soup here at our house, a good hearty soup can be a meal all on it’s own. A good soup nourishes the body and warms the soul. Some soups heal and some are just plain good to eat. Soups are as old as cooking itself, in centuries past a kettle was usually found hanging by the fire with some sort of soup simmering. The ingredients were usually just a matter of whatever the household had on hand. Sometimes the ingredients changed daily depending on the what became available; mixing the new additions with what was already in the pot.
I had some ham bones set aside in the freezer for soup stock, perfect for such an occasion as this. I like to save the left over bone and bits of ham as it makes a wonderful soup stock. I also had plenty of sweet corn put up from last year’s garden plus some potatoes. All the basic ingredients needed for a Ham and Corn Chowder!
First I put the ham bones in a stock pot, covered them with water and simmered them for a couple of hours until the ham was falling off the bones. I separated the ham and bones from the stock, put the stock into a bowl and then skimmed off the fat. Next I sauteed a half cup of chopped onions in the pot in a bit of olive oil until tender, then added three cups of diced potatoes, two and a half cups of corn and two cups of the ham broth. I seasoned it with 1/2 tsp. of salt, 1/4 tsp. black pepper and 2 or 3 dashes of paprika. After bringing it to a boil I then turned the heat down to simmer, put a lid on it and let it cook for twenty minutes or so until the potatoes were tender. Now I stirred in three cups of milk, added three cups of the ham and brought it back up to serving temperature.
This turned out to be a wonderful soup with a delicious sweet flavor from the corn. It was a big hit and I’ll be making this one again for sure!
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The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it. Proverbs 10:22