Corn chowder is the king of farmhouse chowders. Hundreds of recipes for it have been published over the years, but since corn and salt pork were staples of the American farm, it’s likely that corn chowder was being made and enjoyed long before any recipe was ever printed. The use of milk, cream, or condensed milk also varies from recipe to recipe. The Shakers are renowned today for their austere yet beautiful furniture, but they were also highly regarded for their cooking skills, especially their farmhouse chowders. My version of corn chowder is made similar to the Shaker style, according to a recipe from the Shakers at Hancock Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (circa 1900), using fresh corn, butter, and cream. Its mellow, sweet flavor and lovely, pale golden color are very comforting, and it’s a favorite with children as well as adults.–Jasper White
LC Children of the Corn Note
Looking for new ways to play with, er, prepare corn? Best to consult with children of the corn—you know, farm folks who grew up shucking, cooking, and eating corn since they were knee high to a grasshopper.
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- 40 M
- 1 H, 15 M
- Serves 6
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Recipe Testers Reviews
This soup is superb! It’s incredibly hardy and filling. The recipe is very easy to follow. I like that the weights are given for the onion and pepper. (Oftentimes in a recipe, 1 small onion is required, for example, and this could mean different things for different cooks.) The ingredients are all readily available. The turmeric gives the soup a beautiful yellow color. The flavors meld together so well; the next day the soup was even better! Perfect meal-type soup, especially when accompanied with a piece of crunchy bread.
This takes a little prep work but is well worth the time to get everything ready. I did have a little trouble finding slab bacon that wasn’t sliced, but I’m glad we finally found some. It’s a little difficult to mash the corn kernels on the side of the pot. Corn is just funny that way, it wants to stay like it is. The end result is a very nice, thick chowder with the right mix of flavors. You’ve the smoky flavor of the bacon, the creamy texture of the potatoes, the slight crunch of the corn, all brought together with cream. What could be better? Even the little ones came back for more of this one.