kelly's corn chowder
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 small onion, diced
3/4 cups baby carrots, sliced
2-3 celery stalks, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 medium red potatoes (give or take), diced
3 cups white corn kernels, fresh or frozen (the safeway brand is the best)
3 cups chicken stock
2 cups mixture of milk and half-and-half --the ratio depends on how healthy i want to be and if there will be enough half-and-half left for my coffee in the morning.
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Remove puppy from your feet and leave on the couch, sleeping after an hour of manic hyperactivity.
Melt 1 stick of butter in a smal saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic, and saute for 5 minutes. Add the flour and stir to make a roux. Cook until the roux is lightly browned, 3 or 4 mintues; set aside to cool to room temperature.
Check on puppy--he might have woken up and he doesn't seem to understand the concept of heights--find him moved up to your spot on the couch:Meanwhile, combine the potatoes and chicken stock in a large stockpot, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes, add the corn and simmer for 10 more. Spoon the roux into the boiling stock, whisking briskly so it doesn't lump. Bringto a boil. The mixture should become very thick.
check on puppy again-- he may be chewing on anything from a power cord to the iron leg of a table--find that he has walked across the couch to jake's spot:
In a pyrex measuring cup microwave the half-and-half/milk mixture for two minutes; stir it into the thick corn mixture. Add the nutmeg and salt and pepper, to taste.
try to enjoy the chowder with puppy now completely awake and rarin' to go: