I have an idea and hopefully I have twenty some years to get it done. I'll need that much time! I want to make a cookbook for my children. Thus the name My Mama's Food. It has several meanings, for the entries in my journal it will mean me, my children's Mama. For me it means my dear Mom, their Mama Lu, for most of the recipes come from her and my grandma's and great grandmas. I do most of my cooking without a recipe, but sometimes they just need to be written down if we do not want them to be lost for future generations. When I left home I would have treasured a book like this, written by my Mom, so I want to try and do it for my children. I want to include photos of the kids helping me in the kitchen as they grow and eat what we make. What memories they will have when cooking in their own kitchen's and teaching their children to cook and sharing these memories with them and showing them pictures of themselves learning to cook with their Mama. I think it's a grand idea, now if I can pull it off!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Salmon Chowder

I got salmon out of the freezer this morning and wasn't very excited about it. I needed to come up with something else for it. The weather is cooling down way to fast for August and soup sounded great! I browsed around chowder recipes on the internet and put this together, it is very flavorful and oh so delicious! Katya (5) said she wanted to eat the entire pot: "Thank you Mom, it's so good, I want to eat the whole pot!"

Ingredients: 

2 red or white potatoes
8 slices bacon, cut into 1/4 inch strips
1/2 white or yellow onion, diced small
1 small jar of mexi-corn
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 T thyme
1 bay leaf
1/8 t dried red pepper flakes
2 T parsley

1 can clam juice
3 C whole milk (you could reduce the milk and add more clam juice)
4 good sized servings of salmon fillets, skin removed and cut into 1/2 to 1 inch pieces

1 t salt, and to taste
1 1/2  t liquid smoke
1/4 t black pepper

Directions: 

Cut potatoes into 1/2 inch cubes, cook in salt water until tender, but not falling apart, they can finish cooking in soup later.
Fry bacon in a medium pot, stirring until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel leaving grease in the pan.
Add onion, corn, garlic, thyme, bay leaf, parsley, red pepper flakes to fat in the pot and cook until onions are tender, 5-8 minutes.
Add clam juice and milk and bring to a boil.
Reduce to low heat and add potatoes, salmon, bacon, salt, pepper and liquid smoke. Stirring occasionally until salmon is cooked through and begins to break up.
Season with salt to taste and discard bay leaf before serving.

Katya (5) David (3)
Playing in the mud while I was cooking supper.

1 comment:

Rachel said...

I want a bowl right now!!