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February 20, 2010

Seven soups every Saturday: chowder recipes

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Living in New England, as I have for several decades, I know a good chowder when I taste one. A chowder is a thick, rich soup with chunky ingredients. Most of our local chowders feature quahogs (pronounce it CO-hogs, if you're ever in these parts, or people will know you're not from here), and the base can be creamy white, or tomato red, or clear broth. Sometimes our Rhode Island chowder takes on the flavors of Portugal, thanks to creative cooks from the Azores. And often corn, fish, or vegetables take center stage, with nary a quahog in sight.

Seven chowder recipes caught my eye this week:

New England Fish Chowder, from Simply Recipes

Chicken, Corn and Potato Chowder with Green Chiles and Cheddar Cheese, from Cookin' Canuck

Pumpkin Corn Chowder, from Pete Bakes!

New England Clam Chowder, from Andrea Meyers

Smoked Haddock Chowder, from Greedy Courmet

Manhattan Clam Chowder, from endless banquet

Fish Chowder with Fennel and Corn, from Stephen Cooks!

Find more soup recipes and delicious chowders at Food Blog Search. Come back every Saturday for seven soup recipes to enjoy any day of the week.


Posted by: Lori @ RecipeGirl | February 20, 2010 at 11:42 AM

What a great, new blog! Love the soup links!

Posted by: Kristen | February 20, 2010 at 01:35 PM

Love it! Where do you find the time. Lydia!
Great new blog :)

Posted by: Rhonda | February 20, 2010 at 04:01 PM

Now we have one more thing in common. Beautiful soup! Best of luck with this new blog.

Posted by: susan from food blogga | February 20, 2010 at 05:40 PM

For me, RI chowdah is always thick, white, and creamy with big chunks of taters.

Posted by: Lydia | February 20, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Lori, I'll be sending link love out every Saturday.

Kristen, I'm hoping to keep this blog focused and simple, shorter posts than on The Perfect Pantry, so it will be fun to have to two going at once.

Rhonda, soup lovers are everywhere, aren't they? We're going to have lots of fun here.

Susan, you can take the girl out of Rhode Island.....

Posted by: Pauline | February 21, 2010 at 09:59 AM

What a wonderful idea!! Now I'm going to have to learn to follow a recipe when making soup. Looking forward to your next list of suggestions.

Posted by: T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types | February 21, 2010 at 04:29 PM

Pumpkin corn chowder! What a fantastic idea!

Posted by: Mary | March 2, 2010 at 07:12 AM

I am so excited about your new soup blog!
My husband and I love to eat soup, and your new blog is perfect for our tastes. I have a new, never used pressure cooker. So, when you get your courage up to tackle those pressure cooker recipes, I will dare to take mine from the upper cubboard and join you!

Posted by: Cookin' Canuck | March 2, 2010 at 11:18 AM

I would quite happy to eat soup for every meal, your blog title leapt right out at me. Great concept! I'm looking forward to checking back often.

Thanks so much for linking to my chowder recipe.

Posted by: Lydia | March 2, 2010 at 03:37 PM

Pauline, please don't start following recipes now! You are such a wonderful improvisational cook.

TW, doesn't that chowder sound decadent? Can't wait to try it.

Mary, I'm carrying half a century of pure fear about pressure cookers, ever since my grandmother's old one exploded in her kitchen when I was a child. And yet, everyone I know who has one says they are wonderful -- and safe. I'm working up to it!

Canuck, I could eat soup every day. Especially if someone else made it and cleaned up afterward!

Posted by: stephen | March 3, 2010 at 01:36 PM

Hi Lydia...

Thanks so much for the link! This blog looks great, can't wait to see where you go with it...

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