You should try Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

There was frost on the ground this morning and that means that one of my favorite seasons is officially upon us.

No, I'm not referring to autumn again. I'm talking about soup!

As soon as there is a slight chill in the air and I can start seeing my own breath when I run outside, I know it's finally soup weather. I LOVE soup weather and I LOVE soup. I love eating soup, I love making soup (probably because it's easy) and I love looking for new soup recipes.

I asked Clayton what he wanted me to make for dinner this week (which is always dangerous territory because ridiculous things like "JELLY BEAN PANCAKES!" and "RACK OF LAMB!" have been shouted back at me in response), and he was very quick to answer with, "Something warm."

Something warm? You got it.

I logged into Pinterest, searched through my "Love to Cook, Love to Eat" board (which you can follow here) and pulled up a recipe I pinned about a week ago for Cheesy Vegetable Chowder. Chowders are delicious because they are the thickest and creamiest of the soups and well, this one has a crap-ton of cheese. We love cheese.

For those of you who aren't quite sure what constitutes a chowder: A chowder is any kind of seafood or veggie stew that has been thickened with milk or cream and is typically served with saltine crackers. Up until a few years ago, I thought chowder was either corn or clam only, and I wanted no part of either.

There's really no sense in posting the directions for this yummerific chowder because I didn't modify the recipe in the slightest. The only addition/change I made was adding the rest of the whipping cream I had leftover from baking this weekend instead of using 2% milk.

The original recipe for Cheesy Vegetable Chowder can be found at Lulu the Baker's blog here.



Clayton eyeballed this pile of broccoli much the same way as he did the pan of Brussels sprouts I made this weekend.




There's really no way you can screw up this chowder. If you can chop a veggie and stir a pot, you are good to go! We enjoyed our bowls of Cheesy Vegetable Chowder with glasses of sauvignon blanc (I ♥♥♥♥♥♥ dry white wine!) and Halloween II.

And instead of saltines, I baked a pan of cornbread. I always forget how amazing cornbread is until I actually eat some and them I'm like, "HOW DID I LIVE WITHOUT YOU!?" Buying the cornbread mix was Clayton's idea. That man's a genius.

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