|Dad-caught and smoked salmon.|
|I used 5 potatoes that I bought on sale today. |
It's Sunday before Thanksgiving so lots of basics for cooking are on sale.
The corn is just what I like from the freezer.
|Potatoes, corn, butter and glass of wine. |
The wine is just for me.
|I'll be using some milk and cream. |
I ended up using about 1 quart of milk and 1 cup of cream.
|I almost always use sweet onions. I'm from Walla Walla after all.|
Chopped that baby up and sauted in the butter in the big pot.
|Chopped up the potatoes. I did these about 1/3 inch squares.|
I think smaller (like this) cubes make for a better thick chowder and will cook faster than larger cubes.
You should cut the potatoes exactly how you like them.
|I just use my fingers to get rid of the skin and shred the salmon. |
Dad takes good care of me and removes most the bones when he fillets the fish.
I found just a couple.
|The onions have been sauteed in the butter. |
I like onions to sort of fall apart in this sort of soup/stew so I started cooking them first.
|I like to add a little chicken bullion in most my soups. |
I almost always use some sort of pepper.
I don't usually cook with salt. I usually add it per serving if needed.
In this instance, I'm thinking there was enough salt in the brine my dad used before smoking the salmon.
But again, I can always add it later.
|To thicken something one common way is to blend flour and milk. |
Almost anyone that has cooked has found ways to make your thickener lumpy.
What I do to prevent it is to mix a little milk into the thickener which in this instance is flour.
I blend it in this little thing then add more milk. I also added the chicken bullion in here. I only added about 1 teaspoon of that. I know if it's not flavorful enough I can add more.
I used about 3/4 cup flour with eventually about 1 1/2 cups of milk.
|I've cooked the potatoes with the sauteed onions. I let the cook till cooked.|
All that is in this mix is the butter, the onions and the potatoes.
|After microwaving the corn (it had been frozen) I mixed it in.|
|I added in the salmon. |
At this point no thickeners have been added. Of course the milk and cream haven't been added either.
|So this is the thickener just before adding it in.|
|I added the thickener before adding the rest of the milk. That way I knew it would distribute well.|
|About 1 quart of milk + 1 cup cream has been added. |
I added some pepper in at this time.
At this point, cover it and allow it to simmer over low for about 15 minutes and it will thicken up.
If you want thinner chowder, use less thickener or more milk or other liquid.
|Final result. This is just perfect for me. That is good because I'll be munching on this the next few day.|
I did not need to add any salt. I forgot my oyster crackers. Oh well.
Tummy feels good.