Corn and Green Chile Chowder or Thank Goodness for Corn

This green chile, corn and salmon chowder is made in a flash. Garnish with goat's cheese and bacon. This is good! #chowder #greenchile #soup #smokedsalmon

Some days do not have gold or platinum linings. Some days do not have even silver. Some days just have corn. And thank goodness for corn. (I also could have used the word potatoes. As in thank goodness for potatoes. But I digress, because today is about corn.) Maybe tomorrow there will be potatoes. Of course, I could have added potatoes to this chowder, because then it would be chowder, which technically this isn’t, because it has no potatoes. So shoot me…but wait until tomorrow. Because well, tomorrow is another day…

Some days are like rough cobblestones on bare feet. Some days are like sour milk. Some days are like flowers that never bloomed. Some days are like this. A massive mistake of butter, softened a bit too much.


Some days are just wishful thinking for tomorrow. ย And some days are for corn chowder, even if it doesn’t have potatoes. But thank goodness for corn. And bacon. And goat cheese and salmon. Smoked salmon that is. Thank goodness for comfort in a bowl; as in soup or chowder, giving way to spoonfuls of rich, soothing, golden ladles straight into your pie hole.


This green chile, corn and salmon chowder is made in a flash. Garnish with goat's cheese and bacon. This is good! #chowder #greenchile #soup #smokedsalmon

It requires no talking. Just spooning. Just contemplating the next bite. Until you get up to refill. And then you start all over again. Which when I think about it, is what each day really is. Starting all over again. Trying to get something right. Whatever right may be. Finding that golden sunshine, those rays of warmth to help point you in the right direction, maybe only changing course by a couple of degrees.

Damn! All this philosophy and all I’m writing about is a cup of soup. Well, it is a really good cup of soup. Food has a way of doing that to me. Food can take me to places that I visited decades ago. Food has a story and it is called life. Enjoy it for all it’s worth.


This green chile, corn and salmon chowder is made in a flash. Garnish with goat's cheese and bacon. This is good! #chowder #greenchile #soup #smokedsalmon

Corn and Green Chile Chowder
Serves 4
2 T butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 minced garlic cloves
1 c fresh roasted or frozen green chilies seeded and chopped orย Hatch Chilies
2 c chicken stock
3 ears of corn, cut off the cob (reserve about a cup)
1/2 t salt
1/2 t oregano
1 c half and half
1 c goat cheese
8 bacon slices, cooked to crisp

1/2 lb honey smoked salmon

3 T shredded basil

Melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent. Add garlic and cook another minute. Stir in green chilies, chicken stock, most of the corn, salt and oregano. Cook until corn is soft. Now using your handy dandy hand blender, puree this. It will not be totally smooth. That is OK!

Now stir in the half and half. and the reserved corn. Heat, without boiling until the reserved corn is cooked through. When ready to serve garnish with goat cheese, bacon, and salmon. Dot with Sriracha. Sprinkle with basil. Get ready to ladle some golden goodness into your pie hole. Just perhaps there are silver linings!


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This green chile, corn and salmon chowder is made in a flash. Garnish with goat's cheese and bacon. This is good! #chowder #greenchile #soup #smokedsalmon

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  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes
    June 29, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I just loved this post Abbe… the non-chowder (without salmon for me) is perfect for rough days. And a bowl of soup is always so much more! Wonderful recipe to remind us that 'food has a story and it's called life' , love that!

  • Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)
    June 22, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Well this looks really good Abbe. Love your photo pointing out the ingredients.

  • Jerry | Simply Good Eating
    June 19, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    That is one mouth watering looking chowder! Its got everything I love in one meal. Gotta love that! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • vanillasugarblog
    June 19, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Oh girl I just love this.
    I would add a few shrimp in there and call it a party.
    I just saw Saigon Chex Mix? Oh boy

  • kumars kitchen
    June 19, 2014 at 11:48 am

    wow…wow…amazing….we love chowders…get to savor them only rarely…but you have taken it to another level….can imagine a burst of scrumptious flavors in every spoonful of this sunny goodness…how wonderful a combination of crisp bacon,goat cheese and honey smoked salmon along with sriracha….gorgeous food clicks too,thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anna and Liz Recipes
    June 19, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Sounds really good! What's not to love! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • Biz
    June 19, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Abbe, can I assume that the 3 T shredded … after sriracha means shredded cheese? While I am not a fan of salmon, I think shrimp would work just as well- you had me at green chiles and goat cheese!

  • Abbe Odenwalder
    June 19, 2014 at 4:09 am

    This really is much better than corn chowder. All the add ins make it really special. Thanks Monet!

  • Monet
    June 19, 2014 at 3:46 am

    This is bound to be delicious. SO many good, fresh ingredients. I'm normally not a huge fan of corn chowder but your recipe just might change my mind!

  • Zoe
    June 19, 2014 at 1:12 am

    Hi Abbe,

    Sometimes I seem a little imaginative with my thoughts… I don't silver, gold or platinum will be useful at all when there is really an apocalypse!!! I would rather to have lots of corn :p

    Please pardon me and my crazy thoughts… Hope that you enjoy more of your delicious corn and chile chowder.


    • Abbe Odenwalder
      June 19, 2014 at 2:24 am

      Can't think apocalypse, Zoe! I think though if there was one that corn would survive! Crazy thoughts can be quite enlightening. Just see above ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Liz Berg
    June 19, 2014 at 1:09 am

    LOL, I've done the same thing while "softening" butter! Ugh. But the saving grace is your magnificent soup!! It sure looks like a silver lining to me!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      June 19, 2014 at 2:23 am

      Well…it's good to know I'm not the only one. And three sticks at once! The soup is great Liz!

  • Sippity Sup
    June 19, 2014 at 12:20 am

    "Rough cobblestones on bare feet" That's been my day. Thanks for putting it in perspective. GREG

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      June 19, 2014 at 2:22 am

      Damn, some days are like that! So go make a drink from your great cocktail book. I am so enjoying it! Will be posting something soon, but so far we keep running to the liquor store for something we are missing. It would be too easy to stick with what we have. Savory Cocktails – for those who want to know! Thanks, Greg!

  • Daniela Grimburg
    June 18, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Love the pic with the names of all the different ingredients of this yummy soup, it's comfort food at it's best!
    I enjoyed not only the recipe thoroughly but also the great writing .
    "Food has a story and it is called life" – so beautiful.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      June 19, 2014 at 2:19 am

      Oh, that's so sweet Daniela! This is comfort food and with all my favorites-well, except the potatoes! Thank you.

  • Guru Uru
    June 18, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Corn in chowder could make anyone feel happy and better ๐Ÿ˜€
    Delicious photos!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      June 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks, Uru! Definitely made us feel better!

  • Sugar et al
    June 18, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Beautiful words! As beautiful as the chowder and the amazing things that have gone into it. Food such as this can make anyone's day:-)

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      June 18, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks Sonali! Food should make someone's day. It is what makes life special!

  • mimi rippee
    June 18, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Hahaha! You crack me up! Sorry about the butter thing. This soup is absolute perfection. You left off basil at the end of the recipe, btw.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      June 18, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Thanks Mimi! The butter recipe is coming up. Great soup and thanks for the basil correction. It does add flavor! Love to crack people up. Better than down!

  • Angie Schneider
    June 18, 2014 at 2:55 am

    I am happy with corn everyday! Corn and green chilli sound like perfect pairing for a comforting and delicious chowder. The photos are very beautiful, Abbe.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      June 18, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks so much Angie! I love your photos so that is a compliment that i will take! Corn lovers unite!

  • Sharon D
    June 18, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Now, this is what I call soup for the soul. It looks like a heartwarming bowl of sunshine. I really love how you've brought it alive with bacon and goat cheese…. slurpppPppp…

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      June 18, 2014 at 3:17 am

      Oh Sharon! this was a good one. The goat cheese and bacon tasted great but the smokiness of the salmon was awesome!

  • Holly @
    June 18, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Oh I feel the sadness in that overly-melted butter and I agree that food can lift a day immensely. Hope this corn and chile dish did so for you!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      June 18, 2014 at 3:16 am

      Thanks, Holly! Manservant took the picture of the butter. He was amazed that the wrappers were still standing!

  • Kitchen Riffs
    June 17, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Oooh, I'm so going to put green chiles in corn chowder! Although I'll add some potatoes, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Really nice recipe. Love the colorful photos, too. And a cup of soup is a wonderful thing — worth all the philosophy in the world, IMO. But I'm probably weird about food that way. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      June 18, 2014 at 3:14 am

      Yeah, us foodies can be pretty weird. But truly corn and chilies go together like peanut butter and jelly!