4 Moms: Link up with Soup

Welcome back to the weekly 4 Moms post, in which 4 moms with a collective total of 35 children share our knowledge, experience and and helpful tips in maintaining health, order and sanity.

This week we’re swapping recipes for our favorite cold-weather soups and stews.  First, I recommend you see what’s cookin’ in the other 3 kitchens:

  • Connie at Smockity Frocks
  • Headmistress at The Common Room
  • Kimberly at Raising Olives
  • I don’t know about you, but I think there are precious few reasons to look forward to cold weather.  The food is high on that short list.

    I love soups and stews, but my favorite cold weather is chowder.  I may be just making things up (wanna call my bluff?) but I consider any milk-based soup that starts out with sauteed onions and celery a chowder. I consider any chowder delicious.

    Clam chowder is nice, but clams are expensive and don’t thrill most of my household.  Theoretically, this means it would be affordable because I wouldn’t have to make it for all 12 of us.  Practically, this means I would have to cook 2 separate meals.  In my world, practicality wins every time.

    Instead, we eat  mexican corn chowder, and ham/potato chowder – without the ham it’s a cheap and wildly popular lunch in our house.  An older recipe called smoky corn chowder is very similar but with smoked sausage and more corn.

    Have you heard me complain about my poor memory?  I found the mexican chowder posted twice, 2 years apart.  The later post mentioned that I had just made it for the first time and had no idea of the origin.  Yup, everything is new every day in my world.  It’s a fun place.

    Potato chowder

    serves 6-8 as a main dish

    • 2 Tbs. butter
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 2-4 cloves minced garlic (optional, but we love fresh garlic)
    • 2 stalks celery, chopped
    • 6-8 potatoes, diced (peel if desired)
    • chicken broth/bouillon
    • 2 quarts milk
    • thickening: 1 1/2 cups flour (or 3/4 cup cornstarch) plus 2 add’l cups milk
    • opt: ham, grated cheddar cheese

    Saute onion, garlic and celery in butter over medium heat until soft.  If using ham, add it now; heat and stir a few more minutes.  Add potatoes and just enough broth to nearly cover the potatoes.  Simmer gently until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.

    Add milk and heat to boiling, stirring frequently.  Thicken by whisking in a paste of flour and milk.  Stir until thickened, returning to a boil.  Remove from heat and season with salt & pepper as desired.  Add cheese now, if desired.  Serve and devour.

    Join the fun: Link up with your favorite soup, stew or other cold-weather recipe!  Just 2 easy rules:

    1. Link to an individual recipe post, not the home page of your blog.
    2. Please remember to link back to at least one of the 4 Moms in your post.

    oops.  No linky here?  I probably forgot to come back and add it.  Y’all quit giggling and acting embarrassed for me, and just blurt it out like good southern girls.  Like that lady did when I came out of the bathroom with my skirt tucked into my undies.

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    Confession: I did remember to add the linky, but remembering that embarrassing moment gave me a giggle so I decided to leave it in there for you too.  Just think: by doing so, I’m helping you remember to check your own skirt before you leave the restroom so you can avoid having one of those moments yourself.  Much better to laugh at someone else’s, isn’t it?

    Upcoming topics for 4 Moms 35 Kids:

    • January 20: Book recommendations for preschoolers
    • January 27: Q & A.  Got a question?  Leave it in the comments on my last Q&A post.


    1. To make clam chowder just heat some canned clams in the serving for the people who like clams, I have even just put the cooked canned clams in the bowl and put the hot soup over it. Clam chowder is my husband’s favorite, but I am a potato soup person, so this works great for us.

    2. Try making chicken potato chowder. I use large cans of chicken from the bent and dent store, with potatoes, onions, celery, shredded carrots and use evaporated milk(at least one can) with chicken bullion (or real broth) and spinach or parsley. A dollop of cream cheese melted in is great too!
      Do the same thing, but substitute chicken for a can of pink or red sockeye salmon, and add corn.MMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

    3. Patricia,
      I have to admit I was guessing, but I do like my soup thick. Cream sauce sounds about right to me. Of course if you like it thinner just add flour paste a little at a time until it looks right to you.

    4. Great recipe, but I have to ask: is the quantity of flour correct? I followed the recipe exactly and ended up with an incredibly thick soup, more like a cream sauce than a chowder! I strained it overnight, removing most of the gloop, took the remaining potato, celery, and ham and cooked it up with another quart of milk, and then it was delicious.

    5. Yum! That Potato Chowder sounds wonderful! I always post a recipe on Food Friday on my blog, and just happened to post Pasta Fagioli Soup today! Great timing for linking up, and so glad to participate–what fun!
      I just noticed I forgot to have the name of the soup show up in the title–oops! Sorry about that. Since I hadn’t posted a recipe for a few weeks, I posted two today, so hope you’ll also check out the Ginger Spice Cookies–they are really, really good, and you will love them! (I can say that, because I didn’t originate the recipe:) So happy to get more heart and soul warming soup recipes! Nothing better on a cold winter’s night.
      Thanks for hosting this!
      Wendy Gunn

    6. I just have to ask. Did she say “Bless your heart” after she told you about your skirt?

    7. Reading the recipe this morning sounded so yummy I just made up a pot for dinner! I halved it since our four kids are still all “littles” -and I didn’t have a big enough pot for a full recipe -lol, I guess that will have to change soon!
      I also added a shredded carrot(to the saute stage) and used bacon instead of ham since that’s what I had on hand.
      Smells great! Can’t wait to enjoy it when my husband gets home tonight!

    8. Sounds good, and I had to laugh about what you said about your “bad” memory. I can relate!

    9. Great recipe! I actually love cold weather (even though we’re in Dallas!) and great soups are one of the things that make chilly days perfect.

    10. Looks like some great recipes for our cold weather in Georgia, this week!

    11. Yum! We are very partial to chowders, too – they are delicious, and, more important – FILLING.


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