Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Garden Chowder

A week or so ago, before our first snowfall, we finished our garden harvest for the year. Right now, in the fridge is the last of our carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, and brussel sprouts. Only a meal or two and we will have to eat the vegetables that are stored in the freezer and basement shelves.

Our garden did well this year and Thanksgiving is a good time to remember how much good food God provided from the garden.

One recipe I've enjoyed with our fall veggies is Garden Chowder. I've seen this at various places online but I think I first tasted it at my friend Kim's home. I double this recipe since it is great the next day or even good frozen.  Serve with some garlic cheese biscuits!

Garden Chowder

 1/2 chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup butter
1 cup each diced potato, cau­li­flower, carrot, and broc­coli
3 cups chicken broth
(or water with bouil­lon cubes)
1 tea­spoon salt
3 garlic cloves or 1-2 tsp of garlic powder
1/4 tea­spoon pepper
1/2 cup flour 
 2 cups milk
1 T pars­ley
1/4 tsp  paprika 
2 cups shred­ded ched­dar cheese 

Saute green pepper, onion and butter until tender in a large pot. Add veg­eta­bles, broth, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 min­utes or until the veg­eta­bles are tender. Com­bine flour and milk until smooth; stir into pan. Allow to thicken at a low temperature. Add the pars­ley and paprika. Just before serv­ing, stir in the cheese until melted.


  1. Hi Gina, I love soup, and this sounds wonderful! I also loved all your Christmas ideas! I miss having my babies little :)
    Blessings, Roxy

  2. Could you give us the recipe for the garlic cheese biscuits?

    1. Here is the link for the biscuits.

  3. The recipe looks good. We make cauliflower-corn-potato chowder a lot in the winter. (I freeze cauliflower and I can and freeze corn) Do you have a root cellar? We are lucky enough to have one...we have potatoes, carrots, squash, rutabaga, pumpkins, zuchinni (large ones), apples, red and green cabbages. Onions I keep elsewhere. I can and freeze a lot but don't have to do as much because of the root cellar.

    1. I don't have a real root cellar. I have a cool spot in the basement where we keep potatoes but it isn't cool enough to do the job of a real root cellar. I'm sure a root cellar would be a wonderful addition to food storage!

    2. All five houses on our family property have root cellars, the oldest two built in 1870's had them. Then when my grandmother's family built a new house in 1920 they had one built in then. Next my great uncle built a house during WW II while waiting for his son to return from CO service. My uncle and his family moved in there along with five younger brothers and sisters that my uncle's wife was responsible for. Plus their own two children. So he built a root cellar too. Finally in 2000 we built a ranch house as we were going to be having my husband's parents and older brother coming to live with us and they needed a handicap accessible house. We should have put a root cellar in there at the time but didn't . We moved in there this fall (daughter and family took over our house) So we built a root cellar into the coolest corner of the basically unfinished basement . My husband and my uncles figured it out and it was ready in time for harvest and seems to be maintaining a good temperature. There would probably be more houses but everyone adds on and has multigenerational houses. My mother will be moving in with my daughter within the next couple years. Long story, sorry. Back to root cellars...I am glad you were able to figure out a solution.

  4. I made this tonight for the family. They loved it!! :) Thank you for sharing.


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