|Fresh corn and fancy corn stripper...another gadget to add to my drawer!|
Hard to believe this is the last friday of summer! Technically the Fall season begins on September 23 but, for me, this weekend signals the end! School will be starting next week for most of the kids in the north east, and the days are getting shorter! Most of us have been cooking with Dorie for almost a year now. Funny how fast the fridays seem to run into each other.
This week's pick was for Corn Soup. I've had corn chowder before, wonderfully thick and flavorful with plenty of potatoes, but I never had Corn Soup. I stopped at the farm stand for a dozen ears yesterday. I always like to buy several dozen to strip of its' kernels and freeze for winter. Last time I was at Williams Sonoma I bought a corn stripper. A very cool gadget which I just had to have. However, I'm not sure it works any better than a knife.
This soup starts out with stripping the ears of corn, putting the cobs into a pot with milk and bringing it to a boil. Then let it simmer while you prepare the rest of the soup. Melting the butter in a large soup pot, you add the chopped onion. Let cook for about 5 minutes then add the celery, carrots, garlic and the corn kernels, simmering for another 10 minutes. At this point, you add the water, and the milk with the corncobs to the pot, along with the herbs. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Then remove the cobs and herbs. Puree in small batches in a food processor or with an immersion blender. I also made the garnish leaving out the bacon. I served this with a tablespoon of sour cream on top along with the garnish.
This soup seemed to lack something. It was good but not great and, although I enjoyed a bowl for lunch, I don't think I would go to the trouble of making it again. My husband didn't like it at all (He thought it should be more hardy). Sometimes you hit a home run, other times just a base hit!
Have a great Labor Day weekend, everyone!
|Stripping the cobs|
|Cobs simmering in the milk|
|All the veggies|
|Everything simmering for 20 minutes|
|The finished soup...good but not great!|