Before I came back to France my sister in law, Diane, had us over for dinner. As soon as we walked in I could smell something good.
Diane had made a corn potato chowder. Luckily for me Diane is a vegetarian too, so I never have to second guess what she puts in her cooking. Luckier still Diane is a no fuss, no recipe cook. I guess when you have four children, a husband, a house, a dog, two cats, and a business to run you know how to create magic. Diane always has a ready smile and a trick up her sleeve.
When I asked her for her recipe she rolled her eyes as to say, "Yeah right." I told her I didn't need exacts, but what was in the pot.
Fill the pot half full of peeled and cut in half potatoes.
Add corn ( fresh, frozen or canned) about two cups.
Dice one red pepper (color!), one onion and two celery stems, toss them in to the soup pot.
Salt and pepper to taste,
Barely cover the vegetables with milk (I used half milk and half water) bring to a boil, simmer until the potatoes are cooked.
(I added a splash of white wine, or maybe my glassed tipped over? Either way it wasn't part of what Diane told me to do... but it doesn't matter, cooking is about experiment with taste and flavor. And as Annie says, "When you use fresh food, you cannot go wrong. The other day I started to make a ratatouille and ended up making soup with it."
When the potatoes are cooked take a smasher and smash them, this will make the soup creamy.
Let sit for fifteen minutes before serving.
After a frozen morning at the brocante Diane's soup hit the spot! Thanks Sista!
(What will you add to it? If I ate bacon I imagine that would be mighty fine.)