Today the weather was absolutely terrible.
It rained all day. I really mean ALL day. I hate rain. I know we need it to survive and we need it to make everything green and beautiful, but getting wet when I go outside? I can definitely do without that!
I started out my Saturday with the normal Jazzercise class and then stopped by to see my friend Carla. We met and became friends in high school when we started to carpool with each other and then we were roommates in college. We were a perfect fit together and we like to think we had the best dorm room ever! That totally has nothing to do with anything!
Anyway…I stopped at my parent’s house after I left Carla’s. My police officer worked his awful 8PM-4AM shift last night and didn’t get home until 10AM! Bless his heart for working all that overtime because if I am supposed to leave work at 5 and I am walking out the door at 5:01, I am flipping out and stressing! I knew he would be sleeping all afternoon and my dad was off doing something (I obviously don’t know what), so I decided to make a mom-daughter day happen! They are my favorite. We didn’t do much – chatted, went to two grocery stores, drove through a car dealership’s lot, and chatted a little bit more. We are both excellent chatters!
Our trips in and out of the store were pretty miserable because it was raining so hard! Isn’t it the worst running in and out of the store and then trying to load your groceries in the car!? It’s pretty impossible to hold an umbrella, push the cart, unlock the car, etc. The rain and cloudy weather had me totally confused! It’s April, but I was craving soup! I was cold because it was so damp and I just wanted soup to warm me up! I figured why not!?
I would like to introduce you all to the letter of the day…“C”.
I made a chowder with chicken, corn, celery, curry powder, and cilantro. I guess you could also add chicken broth to that list as well.
Yes. I put onions in the soup. I didn’t touch them. I just poured the frozen little onions out of their bag into the pot. I also picked every last one out of the bowl I ate. Blech.
This soup is super quick. You basically just throw everything together…
…and simmer it until it gets all thick and chowdery (yet another word I am making up).
Mmmm…cilantro has such an awesome flavor. Don’t you agree? The strong flavor of cilantro mixes perfectly with the strong flavor of the curry powder.
Curry and Chicken Corn Chowder
(adapted from Taste of Home)
2 medium onions, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
3 cans (14.5 oz. each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
5 cups frozen corn
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup low-fat or skim milk
3 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
1/3 cup fresh minced cilantro
In a Dutch oven or other large heavy-bottom pot, saute onions and celery in butter until tender. Stir in the broth, corn, curry powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour and water until smooth. Whisk into the pot and bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add chicken and cilantro; heat through.
I served the chowder with slices of sourdough bread. I was so excited to eat the two together. My police officer took a bite and said, “I don’t like this bread. It’s sour.” Okaaaaay. I guess that makes total sense. It is, afterall, sourdough bread! Noted for the future.
Please come soon. I feel silly making soup in April.