8 june

purple clover-wild mustard-daisies-bouncing betties-wild grasses

gathered together on a walk through the park 

placed into a glass jar that once held fig jelly

graces our dining room table

on  rainy and cool late spring evening

homemade corn chowder

with fresh green salad

and a bit of bread

I love to make a good soup.
Even in the summer time a chowder tastes delicious. I tend to make soup every other week or so using up all the willy-nilly leftover ingredients that are hanging around in the fridge. 
Today I made a corn chowder

from the fridge I grabbed:

half of a very large sweet onion, 4 or 5 ears of leftover corn on the cob, the inner stalks of celery where all the flavorful leaves are, about a cup of heavy cream that was leftover from making ice-cream over the weekend and some fresh butter from the farm store that had been buried in the back for..well....longer than I care to admit.

From the pantry I added, 2 cans of creamed corn, a carton of chicken stock,  some potatoes that were beginning to get a bit soft, and some herbs, summer savory, basil, thyme, and some salt and pepper.
I browned the onions in the butter (I would have added bacon here if there had been any leftover, but we had BLT sandwiches for lunch yesterday) I got them nice and brown then tossed in the rest of the veggies and herbs and let it cook on med. low for a bit. Then I added the chicken stock and let it simmer while I did some other housework. I added the cream last and let it sit on the heat just long enough to warm everything through. You never want to let the cream simmer or boil as it will separate and not taste as good. 
We will have this in the fridge for probably 3 or 4 days. Joe will munch on it late at night and I will have some for my lunch. I'll pack some for his lunch as well. I never buy canned soup as it is so easy and inexpensive to make it myself.

It is sort of dark and gloomy on our rather tiny island today. I've got the windows open but the wind is kicking up and blowing a sea breeze through and I can see the flags blowing straight out in the park. 
A perfect day for soup!


  1. What a sweet little bouquet!! I too love to make soup and enjoy it so much!! I'm waiting patiently for the harvest of beautiful ripe tomatoes so that we can enjoy a tomato-basil cream soup. On what little island to you live on?

  2. Oh, your chowder sounds delicious and that is such a lovely photo, too. Enjoy your day.

  3. A Sweet Sweet Spirit....emanates from your posts.

  4. This post sounds so homey and warm. And the chowder sounds wonderful...your soup reminds me of "must go soup" that we sometimes make, utilizing and combining lots of leftovers in the fridge. We hate to waste a drop at our house. LOL! :)

  5. Home made soup is really allways the best one can eat I think ! Nice editing on your little bouquet.
    Summergreetings, Patricia


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