Potato Chowder

For Cook the Book Fridays, we are continuing to make anything from the book that we can find ingredients. I have taken this month to play catch-up with recipes previously done. For this week’s selection I handed my husband the list and asked him to pick a recipe, he chose this potato chowder with bacon. I agree with Dorie’s description of this soup, allium chowder, because of these ingredients; leek, onion, shallot, and garlic. The soup is rounded out with chicken broth and potato. I took Dorie’s suggestion to mash some of the potatoes to thicken the soup a bit. I added the optional ingredients of bacon, heavy cream and topped with a bit of scallions. This soup came together easy and was enjoyed by me and my husband.

On a personal note, today is my birthday yea! But I am also home in isolation, day 6, because the virus descended on my facility boo. I don’t mind staying home per se, I am doing quite a bit of cooking, baking and reading but the not being able to go outside for a walk is the hard part. Before this I was getting in my 10,000 steps a day, it kept me sane in these uncertain times, but this is a minor inconvenience compared to having the virus. I know I am not alone in this adventure, if you have any advice for me let me know! Otherwise I will be baking myself a cake today and counting my blessings. Happy Friday everyone.


8 Comments Add yours

  1. happy birthday! glad you are fine and home, but it’s for sure hard to not be as active as you’re used to. i’ve resorted to a bunch of wacky online exercise classes and yard work. what kind of cake did you make?

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  2. HAppy Birthday! Happy to hear you are healthy but I SO hear you on the 10k steps. When I was in quarantine I was getting under 2000 a day. UGH. Even now, unless I go for a run I’m way below where I would like to be. Sigh. Loved this soup – a good reminder to make it!


  3. Happy belated birthday! You are a trooper, especially under such difficult and uncertain circumstances. This chowder is one of my favorites, I like it together with asparagus, which is in season now. Since the lockdown and I can’t go to the gym, I’ve gotten a jump rope and a TRX strap so I can workout at home. I have yet to participate fitness classes on zoom. There are lot of options out there. Stay well and enjoy your time in the kitchen.


  4. Chez Nana says:

    Happy Birthday, I hope you enjoyed it. Your soup looks delicious with the bacon on top.


  5. Mary Hirsch says:

    Happy Birthday (a little late). Your chowder looks beautiful. I already know it’s delicious because I was crazy about this recipe. I felt you were so fortunate to be able to continue working as usual so am sorry that you are in isolation. When I was quarantined for two weeks (my Paris punishment for coming home from international travel ), I didn’t go outside at all. I didn’t know if I had caught the virus or not so really stayed inside. But for the last 4 weeks because people in Aspen can take walks with the people they live with if they obey social distancing. I’ve done the 10,000 steps on most days. It really does help to be outside for just an hour or two.


  6. Happy Birthday Diane! Hopefully you were able to have a nice celebration. I remember that chowder…we enjoyed that as well! So sorry about the extra precautions you need to take..praying you stay well and get through these next few days quickly! I too am an avid walker so I feel your pain. Hang in there!


  7. Tricia S says:

    Belated Happy Birthday !! That chowder was an excellent choice – comforting AND delicious. Just what we need right now. Yes, life is currently a bit wacky and requires out of the box thinking, including exercising. I would definitely encourage you to walk outside if you can but I personally have been known to rack up crazy steps inside if needed. If you have a big and relatively empty basement you can do figure 8’s. Just have enough space that the corners you take don’t hurt your knee or ankle, and then just crank on YouTube or a book online. I also have a “circuit” through my first floor. When I get started it looks like a parade because the dog and cats usually follow me but then give up lol. Good luck !


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