Hi there,

Hope you are enjoying your summer! The past couple of weeks in MN have actually been almost decent. We sure suffered a long period of high temps and dewpoints, lots of rain and this affects the crops seriously. With such a short growing season, it offers a serious challenge to our CSA. However, they seem to always come through with great veggies. Corn took a serious hit this year, but last week’s share was wonderful. So after the pre-requisite grilled corn on the cob…the result for the leftover ears was a great chowder. Here is my version…

Cream of the Crop Corn Chowder

  • 6 strips bacon
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 medium potatoes (Russet or Yukon Gold) peeled and cut in 1/2″ pieces
  • 5 – 6 ears of corn, cut off the cob. If you don’t have fresh, you can use frozen. That would be preferable over using canned because of the salt content.
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups  milk (Use at least 1%)
  • 1/2 cup half and half (full or non/low fat version)
  • 2 -3 oz. chopped green chiles (or one small can)
  • 1/2 – 1 Tbs. red pepper flakes (or to taste)

Cook bacon in soup pot. Remove and drain on paper towels. Let cool and crumble.

Saute onion in bacon grease until just tender.

Remove onions and drain the grease from the pan. Wipe the pan. Return the onions to the pan. Add the potatoes and the broth.

Bring to a boil, stir and simmer uncovered until potatoes are tender – 15 to 20 minutes.

Add corn and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

Remove about half of the potatoes and corn with some broth and puree in a blender or food processor until thick. Return to the soup pot.

Add the milk, half and half and stir. Add red pepper, green chiles, red pepper flakes and stir again. Let simmer for about 10 minutes for flavors to develop. Do not allow it to boil.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into serving bowls and top with crumbled bacon bits.

I made grilled turkey sandwiches to go along with the soup – sourdough bread spread with mayo and a bit of spicy mustard, sliced turkey breast, sliced tomatoes, fresh spinach and Swiss cheese.

Surprisingly, it was not a heavy dinner, even for a summer night.

Take care,




Posted by admin, filed under Healthy Food, Local Food Connections, Local Food Recipes, Vegetables. Date: August 14, 2011, 10:30 am | Comments Off on Cream of the Crop Corn Chowder

10  Dec
Using the Basket

Hi everyone,

It was a chilly Saturday so it turned out to be an experiment in the kitchen day. With the lovely squash from Featherstone Farm, I’ve been trying new recipes. One that is particularly delightful is from Cuisine Magazine – Italian Sausage and Squash Soup. Emeril Lagasse also has a similar recipe, but there are couple of extra ingredients that brightened the appeal of the Cuisine Magazine recipe. The prep takes a bit, but it is so worth it! I used the squash and fresh spinach from Featherstone Farm in the recipe.

Italian Sausage and Butternut Squash Soup

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Posted by admin, filed under Healthy Food, Local Food Recipes, Make-Ahead Dishes. Date: December 10, 2010, 7:24 pm | 1 Comment »

Hi everyone,

Zucchini season for sure! We’ve had an interesting summer (or some say lack of) here in MN. I think the cooler weather has caused some crops to go on overload. I have noticed an abundance of zucchini everywhere.

Take a minute to read my article on zucchini – it might help you use up some of the extras you have sitting around now!

Here a Zucchini… There a Zucchini… There a Zucchini – 5 Ways to Use Zucchini

Take care,

Posted by admin, filed under Local Food Recipes, Vegetables. Date: September 2, 2009, 7:41 pm | Comments Off on Here a Zucchini …. There a Zucchini

29  Aug
Zucchini Overload

Hi everyone,

It is summer and that means zucchini. I enjoy zucchini and summer squash, but sometimes I want to try something new and different.

This week, I will post a few different ideas to use the bountiful crop that summer brings.
Squash Blossom - Where it all starts
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Posted by admin, filed under CSA - Community Supported Agriculture, Local Food Recipes, Vegetables. Date: August 29, 2009, 12:38 pm | Comments Off on Zucchini Overload

Nothing like a summer trip to the Farmer’s Market or a basket from your CSA to get you cooking. I remembered a recipe in Prevention and personalized it a bit with all of the goodies in the fridge that I needed to use. Soup doesn’t need to be a cold weather dish. A lighter soup is refreshing because it isn’t heavy food to eat.

Fresh from the Market

Fresh from the Market

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Posted by admin, filed under At the Farmer's Market, CSA - Community Supported Agriculture, Local Food Recipes. Date: August 8, 2009, 4:50 pm | Comments Off on Farmer’s Market Vegetable Soup


Hi everyone,

One can never have too many cookbooks or at least I don’t think so. To me a good cookbook is like a story. The author had a premise based on a personal liking or experience and wants to share with others. This is especially true with this cookbook. It is authored by the Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition. 

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Posted by admin, filed under CSA - Community Supported Agriculture, Local Food Recipes, Local Food Resources. Date: August 15, 2008, 4:09 pm | 2 Comments »

Wild Rice

Hi everyone,

This is a recipe from a friend, Dawn Sievers, in Knoxville, TN. I am posting it to Local Food Connections because Minnesota is known for its locally grown wild rice, which really isn’t a rice, but a grass. Wild rice is the state grain of Minnesota. Not only that, it is family get-together time – lots of outside days, reunions, days at the lake, or even just a simple picnic in a local park.

Click here to read Dawn’s wonderful recipe for her Family Reunion Rice Salad

Posted by admin, filed under Local Food Recipes. Date: July 17, 2008, 1:41 pm | 3 Comments »


KaleHi everyone,    

What an interesting veggie – you look at it and think – what do I do with this? What does it taste like? Hmm…just a bunch of green leaves, but it isn’t lettuce or spinach? Kale was in our basket this week, so I wanted to showcase it on my blog. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin, filed under Local Food Recipes. Date: July 13, 2008, 12:51 pm | 4 Comments »

06  Jul
Radish Top Soup

Before you say ick!, now, I would never think of using radish tops. But, why not?Freshly Picked Radishes

This soup is thick and rich and hearty and is a favorite at Crazy Daisy Farm. This is not an original recipe, however, the source is not known. I did find reference to a discussion of Radish Top Soup from “The Origins of Fruits and Vegetables” by Jonathan Roberts and the same or a similar recipe on several other websites.

To learn more about making this different and tasty soup, click here
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Posted by admin, filed under Local Food Recipes. Date: July 6, 2008, 7:58 am | 1 Comment »

05  Jul
4th of July Nachos

Hi everyone,

I made a quick “nack” (as my grandson calls it) for us on the 4th of July afternoon. One of the things I love about nachos is that there is a basic idea and you make it your own.

In keeping with my trend of finding local products and sharing with all of you… here is my recipe for 4th of July Nachos. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin, filed under Local Food Recipes. Date: July 5, 2008, 8:27 am | 2 Comments »

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