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Corn and Crab Chowdah!

Ever have those weekends that go by and you wonder “What the heck did I do?”  Yep, one of those.  It is gone and not a lot happening.

We did make some good soup, though!  Crab and Corn Chowder.

Not the fancy crab, but this stuff:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound of russet potatoes, diced small
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced small
  • 2 cups of corn kernels
  • 2 teaspoons of Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup of half and half (could use fat free if you want)
  • 2 cans of crab meat
Key ingredient – do not skip it!
In a large sauce pan, melt the butter and saute the onion and garlic for a couple minutes.  Add the pepper, potatoes, corn, Old Bay, bay leaf and veggie broth.  Simmer for about 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender.  The smaller the dice, the quicker this cooks!
After the potatoes are done, puree part of the batch.  Then add the half and half and the crab and heat through.
Makes 6 very generous servings.  I added one piece of bacon crumbled on top.  Perfection:

 

Sunday was cold, but sunny and not windy, so we just couldn’t resist getting out on the bikes for one last hurrah.  My bike pants are knicker length, so I had to borrow a pair of John’s socks to pull up and cover my calves.

I love how the feet part of his socks come up to my ankles. Yes – I do go out in public like this.

Just a short ride today of almost 7 miles.  It was cold LOL! I had on a technical turtleneck and 2 jackets. My body was warm, but my face was freezing and my thumbs were cold, even with gloves on.  It was nice, though.

 

The forecast coming up just isn’t looking any warmer and it is time to face the inevitable of bringing the bikes inside. Wahhh!!!  After this ride, we brought them in, although I haven’t hooked my bike to the trainer just yet.  Still fighting  :mrgreen:

Total outdoor miles for 2012:

Not too shabby!

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