Fresh Corn Chowder
Adapted from Joy of Cooking
1 small onion, chopped
2 med. celery stalks or 1/2 celeriac, diced (optional)
kernels cut from 4-6 ears of corn, plus cobs
4 1/2 cups milk
2 medium potatoes, scrubbed and diced
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground white or black pepper
1 tbsp. butter
4 slices bacon (optional)
If using bacon, place in soup pot and cook, turning, until crisp. Remove bacon strips but leave at least 2 tbsp. of fat. Cook the onions and celery in the fat for about 10 minutes, until softened. If not using bacon, can use bacon fat, butter, ghee, lard, or corn oil to cook vegetables.
Add milk, potatoes, and corn cobs to the soup pot. Push cobs under to submerge. Bring mixture to a boil. Watch carefully to ensure milk does not boil over! Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 to 15 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Remove cobs. Add kernels, salt and pepper. Simmer 5 more minutes.
With an immersion blender, you can now puree about half of the soup, if desired, leaving about half un-blended for the texture and color. Turn off heat and add butter. Once butter melts, stir in and serve soup.
Makes about 6 cups.