In honor of the first day of Spring (even though it snowed) and to celebrate my Irish heritage during the week of St. Patrick’s Day, I made Corn Chowder and Irish Soda Bread, respectively. The soda bread was a bonus because I actually just googled a recipe, so it doesn’t count towards my challenge. But the Corn Chowder does because it came from one of my cookbooks!
The cookbook the chowder recipe comes from is The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook: Eating Well for Better Health. To be brutally honest, I don’t recommend this cookbook. In fact, I’m planning to sell it or trade it in at used bookstore because the recipes are too simplistic and obvious. The table of contents has good ideas, but the recipes are unnecessary. For instance, I think I could figure out on my own how to make linguine with mushrooms or stamed bok choy. That’s because I grew up with parents and aunts and sisters who are great cooks, and I watched A LOT of The Food Network in my formative years. If you have trouble boiling an egg, this cookbook might be helpful, but anyone with some basic cooking chops doesn’t need it!
That said, the Corn Chowder was scrumptious! It was super easy — throw some roasted peppers and potatoes and onions and corn into a pot with veggie broth and almond milk, et voila! It’s the type of thing that can be made from memory and changed around depending on what’s in the fridge. It would be really hard to mess up. I will definitely make a version of it again.
On the side, we had some really tasty Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread (recipe here). Per the suggestion of a random guy in the elevator in my office building last week, I threw some caraway seeds in…and wow, that was a great idea. I used to loathe caraway seeds, but I’ve acquired a taste for them and actually really like their unique flavor.
Happy [belated] St. Patrick’s Day and Happy Spring!