Summer Squash & Corn Chowder

My friends and family in California are dealing with fires and ridiculous heat, meanwhile, I’m making soup for dinner.  But it’s soup with ‘Summer’ in the name, so it’s not as bad, right?

This recipe is from Cooking Light, August 2010.

Substitution made, noted below.

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Summer Squash & Corn Chowder

2 slices applewood-smoked bacon
3/4 c sliced green onion – divided
1/4 c chopped celery
1 lb yellow summer squash, chopped
1 lb frozen white and yellow baby corn kernels, thawed and divided
2 1/4 c 1% low-fat milk, divided – I used 2%
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 c shredded extra-sharp cheese

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Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over med-high heat until crisp.  Remove bacon from pan, reserving 2 tsp of the drippings in the pan.  Crumble bacon, and set aside.  Add 1/2 cup onions, celery and squash to the drippings in pan; saute 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Reserve 1 cup corn; set aside.  Place the remaining corn and 1 cup milk in a blender; process until smooth.  Add remaining 1 1/4 cups milk, thyme, 1/2 tsp salt and pepper to the blender; process until just combined.  Add pureed mixture and reserved 1 cup corn to pan.  Reduce heat to medium; cook 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring constantly.  Stir in 1/8 tsp salt.  Ladle about 1 1/2 cups soup into each of 4 bowls; top each serving with about 1 tblsp bacon, 1 tblsp onions and 1 tblsp of cheese.

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cartoon-strawberry-9The sweet corn makes this soup.  Know how a good Pina Colada tastes like the beach?  This soup is a tastes like the best of summer produce.  Forget the heat and have some soup for dinner!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I forget about the recipe box in my cupboard all the time.  3 x 5 cards of recipes copied down from my mom, from friends, and a few Pampered Chef recipe cards.   Do you have one of these hangin’ out with your cookbooks?  No?  Just Me?

This is a great recipe for a cookie that is chewy but not gooey, and gets a little crunchy around the edges.  And who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies on a random Wednesday night?

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

3/4 c packed brown sugar
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c butter
1/2 c shortening
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda
1 3/4 c flour
1/2 tps salt
6 oz chocolate chips

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Heat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl beat sugars, butter and shortening until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and egg, beat well.  Add flour, baking soda and salt, mix well before stirring in the chocolate chips.  Drop by tablespoon full onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake approx 12 minutes, until edges are done and cookies are a light golden brown.

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cartoon-strawberry-9These cookies come together quickly and are wonderful right out of the oven, at room temperature, or with a caramel latte… (Have I mentioned how blessed I am to have a barista husband??)