At our ladies’ lunch that I prepared for our observance, we began with a first course of Summer Corn Soup, with the recipe springing from the latest (September 2011) issue of Prevention magazine. One often doesn’t think soup in the middle of the tormenting summer heat, but my friend, Mary Ann, and I agreed that we’re up for soup most any time of the year. This recipe was special because it used some of that great sweet corn that’s overflowing in our supermarkets’ produce areas right now.
The prep time on the stove is brief, to avoid heating up the kitchen with an overly warm stovetop—only 20 minutes to simmer in the first stage (note: the recipe calls for leaving the corn cobs in the boiling broth to make the stock more flavorful) and 15 minutes after the potatoes and corn kernels are added. One seeded and chopped jalapeno added just the right amount of sizzle to the recipe.
The corn was sweet and tender and the potatoes mellow for this dish that also could be a main course—Hubby and I certainly enjoyed it as a stand-alone when we consumed leftovers that evening after the lunch.
My friend and I don’t look or feel as though we’ve (or our friendship has) been around a half-century, but the Summer Corn Soup to kick off our celebration helped frame the half-century part in a cheerful perspective!
Summer Corn Soup
6 ears fresh corn
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 large onion, chopped
3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 large fresh jalapeno, seeded and chopped
3/4 pound Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup half-and-half (could use skim milk)
1/4 cup chopped green onions
Cut corn kernels from cobs. Reserve cobs. In large pot melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until onion is soft, about 4 minutes. Add broth, 3 cups water, jalapeno, and reserved corn cobs. Simmer 20 minutes. Remove cobs and discard. Add potatoes and corn kernels. Simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in half-and-half; season to taste. Ladle soup into bowls; top with green onions. Makes 6 servings.