Tuesday, March 8, 2011

In Like a Lion

Despite coming in like a lamb, March turned lionish yesterday. Went for my usual beach walk and it was windy and fuh-REEZING. Fifty degrees may not be cold for most of you but we San Diegans pay good money for the privilege of being whiny babies.

I came home wanting to make corn chowder. Got the onions, peppers and celery sauteeing and then thought maybe potato cheese would be good. When I opened the frig to get the cheese, I noticed the package of the most awesome sausages that I bought from this local company.

The result:

Changed My Mind Chowder

4 Tablespoons butter

4 Tablespoons flour

1 cup diced onion

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 medium potato, chopped

1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

1 lb. spicy Italian sausages

4 cups chicken broth

2 cups milk or half and half

1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Cook sausages in a little olive oil in a heavy pot or dutch oven. Remove and slice them, then set aside. Melt butter in pot and add onion, celery, potato and bell pepper. Cook til soft, then sprinkle flour over and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add broth and sausage. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, then add milk. Cook til almost boiling, then add cheese and stir until melted.


  1. ha ha I agree with you on the 50 degrees - put me in anything below 65 and I'm reaching for my sweater! Lucky you living in beautiful San D, though - I lived in the area for a brief time about 10 years ago and really miss it :)

    And that chowder sounds yummy!!

  2. Thanks Jennifer! Today it's 70--go figure.