Archive for May 6th, 2008

Hearty (Salmon) Chowder

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008


1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
3 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons flour
1 cup diced potatoes
1 cup diced carrots
2 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 17-oz. can cream corn
1 12-oz. can evaporated milk
(Optional: canned salmon or canned chicken)

  • Cook the potatoes and carrots in the chicken broth, salt, pepper, and thyme for about 20 minutes.
  • Add the peas and cook 5 minutes longer.
  • In a skillet, melt the butter and saute the garlic, onion, celery and green pepper. When the veggies are tender, scoop them into the soup. To the remaining butter, stir in the flour, and gradually add the canned milk to make a white sauce.
  • Turn off the heat under the soup. Add the white sauce, the cream corn, and the canned meat (if used).

Serves 4 to 6.

(This recipe is from volume 4 of My Favorite Recipe Cookbook, put out by the Lynden Tribune.)

What’s your dialect? Yankee or Dixie?

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

My brother sent me a link to this fun site. Take the test and find out whether your speech is Yankee or Dixie. My test results show that I am barely into the Yankee category, with a score of 46%. My brother was barely into the Dixie category, with a score of 52%. Perhaps this is explained by the fact that our maternal grandfather was born and raised in Mississippi, and we spent a lot of time with him in our youth (in Arizona, though, not in Mississippi).

I’m waiting with bated breath for my husband’s score, since we have an ongoing friendly rivalry about how certain words should be pronounced. And . . . (drumroll) . . . Rick’s score is: AMAZING! We got exactly the same score!

Break Time

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

I have a couple good posts in mind.

For dinner last night I prepared one of the children’s favorite “comfort” meals, a homemade salmon chowder, MINUS the salmon. 🙂 Once I’m home from work I’ll post that recipe with some pictures. The recipe will include the salmon, for those of you who prefer the “whole” recipe. 😛

I had hoped yesterday to do a Give Me Five Monday post, but the hostess of that meme is extra busy these days and didn’t send out a prompt. 🙁

As usual, I also have been staying up too late, and that caught up with me yesterday. Rather than stay up just a little longer to put up a little post, I curled up in bed with a good book (A book review will make a good post in due time.) and went to bed on time for once.

Usually I would do a Ten on Tuesday post, but I’ll be skipping that this week as well, because the prompt is Ten Places I haven’t been yet that I would like to travel. I don’t travel well, so any traveling on my part will be mainly vicarious.

Well, break is about over. I’ll catch ya later.

P.S. – I also took a fun quiz for which I will post the link in another post. This quiz asks you how you pronounce certain words, which is an ongoing source of amusement for some of us. 🙂