Monday, October 5, 2009

Corn Chowder
By Roz Brown

2 large onions, chopped
5 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 cans cream-style corn
3 cans whole kernel corn
1 cup water*
4 cups milk*
1 can evaporated milk*
Tarragon to taste (instead of salt and pepper)
1 pack of bacon/or jar of bits

Sauté onion in bacon drippings if cooking bacon, or butter if not. Pour into pot once sautéed with potatoes and water. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender. Stir in milk, corn and tarragon, stirring frequently. Add bacon to taste when eating. *I like my soup thin and added a lot more liquid. Keep to the recipe for thicker soup.

Tarragon fun facts: Tarragon is one of the four fines herbes of French cooking, and particularly suitable for chicken, fish and egg dishes. Tarragon is one of the main components of Béarnaise sauce. Fresh, lightly bruised sprigs of tarragon may be steeped in vinegar to impart their flavor.

Tarragon is used to flavor a popular carbonated soft drink in the countries of Armenia, Georgia and, by extension, Russia and Ukraine. The drink—named Tarhun (թարխուն, pronounced [tarˈxuːn]; Тархун), which is the Armenian, Persian and Russian word for tarragon—is made out of sugary tarragon concentrate and colored bright green.

Roz Tarragon fun fact: how I discovered it's use in potatoes and salads, I don't remember - just remember that it's a strong herb like curry so start small.

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