on the main road that leads to our neighborhood, there used to be a roadside stand that sold freshly farmed sweet corn. its launch is a moment we definitely await each summer. this summer, we’ve yet to see its standing. so instead, we trek over a few towns in search of the golden kernels. no matter how many years it’s been since nils first introduced me to this seaside area, i’m still awed by the gorgeous farmland and orchards that are nestled not too far from the shore. it’s truly the best of both environments.
we eventually strike gold and return home with a brown bag stuffed with the goods and a sleeping babe in the backseat. nils likes the corn simmered tender and dressed scantily with barely a spritz of his “bad” butter. i have grander plans. although summer, i crave a hearty chowder —- something for lunch that will tide me over til supper.
the recipe that catches my craving rests within the pages of the edible cookbook. this cookbook is rich with seasonal recipe inspiration. it often leads the way when i have local farm finds in hand. the chowder has “rich” in its name and that’s apropos. creamy. sweet. slight heat. hearty. comfort. i added old bay seasoning because, well, here on the coast, i’m learning that it’s the standby spice blend. if you are also lucky enough to strike gold this summer, make good use of this recipe.
p.s. **vegetarians, skip the bacon and cook the vegetables in a few glugs of olive oil.**