I like to make this smooth, creamy soup when company comes to visit. Its zippy flavor is full of Southwestern flair. My family enjoys dipping slices of homemade bread in this chowder to soak up every bite! —Susan Garoutte, Georgetown, Texas
Quick Corn Chowder is a tasty, filling soup recommended by Diane Brewster of Highland, New York. "When my husband and I decided I'd stay home with our new baby, his salary had to be stretched pretty thin," Diane recalls. "I became an expert at preparing meals with more 'sense' than dollars!"
I'm always on the lookout for easy soups because my husband and I love them, particularly in the winter months. This cream chowder gets a little kick from cayenne and chopped jalapeno pepper. Extra servings freeze very well.
"I combine and refrigerate the ingredients for this easy chowder the night before," notes Mary Hogue of Rochester, Pennsylvania. "In the morning, I pour the mixture into the slow cooker and turn it on before I leave for work. When I come home, a hot tasty meal awaits."
"Fresh corn gives wonderful appeal to this recipe I got from my sister," relates Muriel Lerdal of Humboldt, Iowa about the full-bodied soup she shares. "It's also satisfying on a chilly fall or winter day, using frozen or canned corn."
My mother is an excellent cook who rarely follows a recipe exactly. My two sisters and I do the same thing, adding something here, omitting something there. With this soup, I sometimes leave out the bacon and butter, and have used canned corn and creamed corn with good results. We like to eat this soup with big soft hot pretzels instead of crackers. —Sharon Rose Brand, Stayton, Oregon
Shelly Platten of Amherst, Wisconsin shares this thick Southwestern-style chowder that's seasoned with salsa, lime juice and cumin. "I first made this for a special lunch with my daughter," Shelly writes. "We like it with gourmet-style tortilla chips."
Chowders and stew are my specialty, because I enjoy making use of the bounty at hand—especially the wonderful variety of seafood from the cold waters of the North Atlantic, I devised this recipe years ago, and it remains one of my favorites. I often make it for my daughters and their families when they visit.