Potato Corn Chowder with Bacon

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We have been having many damp, cold days this spring in Upstate New York. Nothing takes the chill out, like a nice piping hot bowl of chowder. My family and I love this chowder recipe.
 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 8 oz smoked bacon, diced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cup frozen yellow corn
  • 1lb white or red potatoes, washed and chopped into 1″ chunks
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken (or vegetable) broth
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, washed
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives, washed and chopped
 Instructions
  1. In a large soup pot or dutch oven, saute onion, celery, and bacon in olive oil on medium heat for 5-6 minutes, until softened
  2. Add corn, potatoes, stock, salt, pepper, and paprika
  3. Cover and bring to a boil
  4. Reduce heat and simmer on med-low 15-20 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender
  5. In a food processor, puree 1.5 cups of chowder with 1 tbsp of flour
  6. Whisk pureed mixture back into chowder
  7. Add half and half, thyme and chives
  8. Cover and simmer on med-low for another 10 minutes
  9. Serve hot with chives and black pepper
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Spinach Pinwheels

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These make a delicious appetizer for any Sunday lunch. Easter is this Sunday, and my family has already requested these.

Ingredients:

1 pkg puff pastry dough (contains to pastry sheets,thawing takes about 40 minutes)

1 8 ounce package frozen spinach (place in colander)

4 ounces diced ham or bacon

6 ounces ricotta cheese

3 ounces Parmesan, grated

2 large cloves garlic, smashed

4 Tbs finely minced onion

1/4 tsp cracked black pepper

Salt to taste

Olive oil for coating

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350

2) Brush baking sheets with olive oil, unfold puff pastry dough, set aside

3) In medium mixing bowl, combine cheeses, garlic, onion, and your choice of meat (if you are using bacon, precook and crumble)

4) Run cool water over the spinach, when thawed squeeze dry and place in mixing bowl.

5) Add spices to mixture and fold together.

6) Spoon mixture onto pastry, only on 2/3 of the pastry

7) Roll the dough (like you are making a jellyroll)

8) Slice dough into 1 inch sections, and place flat on baking sheet.

9) Place in oven and cook for 12-15 minutes.