If there were a magical wand, I would wave it around so fast, springtime would be here in a snap. But I do not have one so the next best thing is to fool my stomach and in doing so, ruse my spirits and maybe send my mind into a make-believe time warp.
Taste of Spring Potato Chowder
makes 6 hearty servings
2 or 3 good slices cooked cured ham (about 3 oz), small diced
2 spring onions, sliced thin
1 small carrot, finely diced
1 small rib celery, finely diced
6 medium new red potatoes, peeled & small diced
corn kernels and milk from 3 ears fresh corn
3 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup white wine
salt & black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon minced thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
grated white American cheese if desired
In a large stockpot, stir everything but the last 3 ingredients together. Bring to a simmer and reduce to low. Cook until potatoes are tender, I like mine just about mushy.
Stir the flour with the milk and add to the pot stirring to thicken a bit. Bring back to a low simmer.
Serve with a sprinkle of the cheese on top if desired.