Summer Corn Chowder

This past weekend 
the girls in our family had a terrible stomach flu.
It was just awful,
and what made it worse
was that we had to cancel plans 
with our friends who we had been so looking 
forward to having over.

So, come Sunday we had 12 ears of corn
to consume before it went too starchy.
There is nothing worse than starchy corn.
Okay, there are lots of things worse than that.
But wasting 12 beautiful cobs of corn isn't fun.

When the weather became slightly cooler
I jumped at the chance to make a soup.
Especially since we had weak tummies,
I knew a bowl of soup would be the perfect remedy.
And what better soup to make that particular day
than Summer Corn Chowder? 

I grew up in Abbotsford
which prides itself,
almost as much as Chilliwack does,
on how delicious Chilliwack corn is.
However, since moving to Delta
I now know the true goodness of corn,
thanks to Ladner corn! 
Corn from the Guichon farms is simply the best. 
I purchased my corn from the Guichon sisters at 
Part of my reason for choosing to purchase 
Ladner corn for our family dinner with friends
is because they are from Chilliwack
and I wanted to show them how delicious our corn is, too!

One of my favourite ways to make 
a chowder is with a smokey flavour. 
This leads me to
two key ingredients in the soup;
corn (obviously) that has been charred on the grill
and a chipotle pepper in adobo sauce.
in the Mexican foods aisle at your grocery store.

My kids don't love spicey food 
as much as my husband and I do,
so I add the chipotle pepper just while cooking 
and then take it out with the bay leaf.
If you like the extra kick,
simple chop it up and add it right to the soup.
A little trick my friend taught me
is to freeze the extra chipotle peppers in some of the sauce
in little freezer bags for future use.
This way you aren't purchasing and 
wasting a can each time you need one pepper.

You will need

  • 6-8 ears of corn, shucked
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1-14oz can of evaporated milk (cream works fine, too)
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 8 slices of bacon, chopped into pieces
  • 3 russet potatoes, scrubbed. Chopped into bite size pieces.
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp of white pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp smoked paprika

1. Once you have shucked your corn, place it on the heated grill and let it sit a minute or so on each side. Long enough that there are some grill marks and black spots on it, but not burned. Then using a large sharp knife, cut off the kernels of all the corn cobs. 

2. Heat your dutch oven on medium heat and add the butter. Once it has melted add your onion, once it has softened add your garlic, don't let it burn. Once fragrant, add your bacon pieces. Adjust cooking temperature as needed. Once your bacon has cooked, drain the fat. 

3. Turn the heat to medium-high and add your broth. Using your wooden spoon, work quickly to scrape the bottom of the dutch oven. This gives your soup some depth of flavour and adds a beautiful colour. Remove all the bits from the bottom and sides of the pan. Then add your water. Add the corn, potatoes, bay leaf, the chipotle pepper (either whole to remove later, or chopped if you are leaving it in) and other spices. Bring to a low boil. Put the lid on and allow it to simmer for 20 minutes. 

4. Remove the bay leaf and the chipotle pepper. Taste your soup and adjust your seasonings as you desire. Bring the temperature to low. Once the soup has cooled slightly, very slowly add your evaporated milk. Serve and enjoy. 


  1. Love you, friend! Sad we missed out on your Ladner corn ;) Maybe with this long summer, we'll still get to taste it next month! Glad you're all feeling better!


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