Thursday, October 6, 2016

Salmon Chowder and My First Day Back

Salmon Chowder
We arrived home, in Phoenix two nights ago. First thing the next morning was our walk and then coffee. After checking my email I couldn’t believe my good fortune when I realized that my favorite farm, McClendon’s Select was having their opening day, that day…..right then. Well, I’m sure by now you guessed, I was on my way.

Uptown Farmer's Market, Phoenix Arizona
When I first stepped out of my car I heard the music, there is always music at this market. Next I saw people of all ages milling around the bins of veggies, some were even chatting like old friends. I noticed a little girl, no more than 3 chewing on a stalk of broccoli and asking for more.

McClendon's Select Farm
Then I saw one of the gentlemen that works at the market help an older woman with her basket to her car. I saw that everyone was so careful and thoughtful with each other. All of a sudden I felt my eyes tear up and I had the most incredible urge to cry. I just spent the summer in a very small town. Now I was witnessing the same type of kindness here in the large city of Phoenix, Arizona. People really are wonderful.

I meant to publish this recipe for Salmon Chowder right before we left Oregon but I ran out of time. 

yield: 5 to 6print recipe

Salmon Chowder

This simple but hearty salmon chowder is the perfect segway from summer to fall, all these ingredients are at their best.

INGREDIENTS:


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ small onion, minced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into 1/8-inch slices
  • 1 to 2 medium Yukon potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 medium ears corn, shucked
  • 1 to 2 roasted red peppers, chopped, I bought mine from Trader Joe’s
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 pound salmon, skin and pin bones removed, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary, (keep intact, remove from soup before serving).

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Over medium heat in a large heavy soup pot sauté the onion and shallots until translucent about 5 to 8 minutes. Add the celery and sauté another 2 to 3 minutes. Turn up heat to medium-high, add potatoes, chicken stock, salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, simmer about 10 to 12 minutes, until potatoes are tender.
  2. Add the cream and simmer, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the salmon, corn and peppers. Simmer gently until the salmon is just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Add more stock if needed. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Remove rosemary sprig.
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Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

80 comments:

  1. It's rather chilly and windy over here and all I want is a bowl of your salmon chowder to warm me up. My neighbourhood market is rather small..just a few of stalls selling veggies, flowers and bread...nothing compared with your favourite market.

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    1. Thanks Angie, aren't farmers markets wonderful? besides the wonderful veggies, you have the wonderful people.

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  2. The market looks great and your chowder is just what I need today!

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    1. Aaaww, thanks Caroline, such a great time of the year.

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  3. Cheri:
    I'm glad you made it back home safely. Your post brings tears to my eyes. You are amongst the kind people of your community.
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    1. Aaaw thanks Dena, that was a very sweet thing to say.

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  4. I love chowders and this salmon chowder looks perfect for a cool day! It's so great to live in a nice community.

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  5. I love those kind of comforting, hearty soups like this one! Salmon is so delicious:)

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  6. So true, Cheri... People really are wonderful! Nice soup ♥

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  7. Cooler here and your great chowder would be perfect. I love salmon, but have never made salmon chowder, thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Thanks Pam, hope you get the chance to make this chowder. Have a wonderful week-end!

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  8. Love the market!
    Nice you back home safely Cheri.
    Love this salmon chodwer !!

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  9. How nice to witness such goodness - great atmosphere at farmers a market. I love salmon chowder and my grandma used to make it so this will be fun to try.

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    1. Hi Mindy, my grandma was a wonderful cook and baker, wish I would have spent some time with her in the kitchen. Take care.

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  10. Very touching post Cheri. There is hope in the world. Your salmon dish look wonderful.. Have a great weekend.

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  11. Welcome home Cheri. There are wonderful people every where but you do have to look for them, don't you? The chowder looks delish!

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    1. Thanks Chris, my hope is that most people really do care. Love that!

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  12. Cheri, this chowder looks so good. I love it when people are mindful of one another.

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    1. Me too Tandy, I think that food bloggers are very mindful;)

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  13. What a great welcome back moment. I find myself experiencing those overwhelming moments, when I feel a burst of emotion. Always happy. Love them. :)

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    1. Me too Lea Ann, and I guess I appreciate now a little more. Take care and have a great week-end.

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  14. Welcome back Cheri! I know it is always great to be home. I wish people were like that all the time and it's so good to see. We are on the same page - making salmon chowder today. Hope mine turns out as good as yours looks! Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Thanks Tricia, it does feel good to be back, taking care of the grandboys for 6 nights, I will be worn out but will have the time of my life, they are so much fun. I bet your chowder is wonderful. Take care!

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  15. It's so wonderful when you run into kind and caring people. I love salmon but have never made salmon chowder. Yours looks fantastic.

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    1. Thanks Gerlinde, I've made other chowders but this was my first time making a salmon one. There is a restaurant in the next town that makes a salmon bisque and it is wonderful. This was delicious in it's own way.

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  16. I love farmer's markets! Such a pleasure to be greeted with kind, caring people too.
    Your soup has everything I love in it....it may still be hot in Florida, but I love soup all year round!

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    1. Hi Barbara, we are back in Phoenix now and the last few days have been quite warm. I love soup regardless of the weather as well. Hope you are having a great week-end.

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  17. Welcome Back to Arizona Betsy and a touching experience to go along! The Salmon Chowder is beautiful and I'm sure very delicious as well!

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    1. Thanks Peggy, yes, it feels good to be back, missed the family very much.

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  18. Welcome back! The weather is just perfect for your return, Cheri! So funny that you would post this - I am thinking of making fish chowder for dinner tonight!

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    1. Great minds think alike don't they? I bet your's will be delicious. Thanks David.

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  19. Welcome home, Cheri! How wonderful to be greeted by the lovely sights and kind hearts of your farmers' market. You soup sounds amazing and I'm saving the recipe to try :)

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    1. Thanks Susan, hope you have a chance to enjoy the chowder. Always feels good to be back home.

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  20. I make a smoked salmon chowder and know that salmon chowder rocks! Good people are everywhere-sometimes you just have to believe! Welcome home!

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    1. You are so right Abbe. and a smoked salmon chowder sounds even more flavorful, salmon is my favorite.

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  21. This salmon chowder sounds so delicious!

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  22. Hi Cheri,
    It's so wonderful and blessed to greeted with kind, caring people.
    My big kids love salmon and thanks for sharing this delish salmon chowder.

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  23. Hi Cheri,
    It's so wonderful and blessed to greeted with kind, caring people.
    My big kids love salmon and thanks for sharing this delish salmon chowder.

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  24. <3 <3 <3 this post...So glad you are a positive influencer, Cheri reminding people (myself very much included!) that there is goodness in the world! Also, love salmon and chowder. So this is a double / triple post winner for yours truly.

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  25. Your chowder looks wonderful. And I am always moved by the small kindnesses of others!

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    1. Yes, me too Beth, most people are good and kind.

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  26. What a great idea! I belong to a CSF (community supported fishery) that delivers sustainable salmon from Alaska so I have a freezerful to experiment with!

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    1. That is such a wonderful community, wish we had one here. Thanks Inger!

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  27. Cheri my mouth is WATERING! This has to be one of my all time favorite meals :)

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  28. I just love love to go to these farmer's market.

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    1. Me too Haddock, one of my favorite things to do.

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  29. It's really cold and gloomy at this part of world. And this chowder looks so comfy and delicious, Cheri. Sounds like a great Fall meal. And that market looks nice.

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    1. Thanks Anu, we have a couple of really great markets by us, I feel very fortunate.

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  30. That's so great the timing worked out like that :) Thank you for sharing the wonderful story, and this soup sounds delicious

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    1. Thanks Phi, people really are great, don't you think?

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  31. I never think to make much with fish at home and this salmon chowdah is the first thing I'm making this Fall!

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    1. Thanks Coco, hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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  32. Love farmers markets and wet markets. This is one cozy chowder. I have not tried salmon before so will need to give your recipe a try soon. Wishing you a super week!

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    1. Salmon is my favorite Bobbi, hope you get a chance. Thanks!

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  33. Oh, yum! What a wonderful looking soup! Chowder is good stuff, isn't it? This looks terrific. And how nice to be back in Phoenix!

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    1. Thanks John, yes it is nice to be back home.

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  34. Welcome back home, Cheri! So happy you were there in time to visit your favorite market. Witnessing random acts of kindness really does restore your faith in humanity doesn't it? I get all teary-eyed when I see those types of interactions too. <3 I'm always in the mood for soup and this chowder looks comforting and delicious!!

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    1. Thanks Marcelle, I'm a big soup person too.

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  35. The chowder looks delicious and I'm so happy you came back to sunshine and your favorite market. It's wonderful that you spotted kindness and it reminded you of the goodness all around...I know the feeling. Hope you are settling back in and enjoying the days.

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    1. Thanks Monica, yes I am getting settled. Though it is taking me a little longer this year.

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  36. It is always nice when you witness nice gesture...
    I love the idea of salmon chowder...looks delicious Cheri.
    Hope your week is going well :)

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    1. Thanks Juliana, yes my week is going great. Take care!

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  37. I love the farmers' markets for exactly the reason you described, Cheri. My cousins were recently visiting from Michigan and they were so overwhelmed by the atmosphere at the farms when we visited. People are just so happy to be around fresh produce and eating well that it generates the best feelings!
    Your chowder looks amazing and your photography is fabulous, girl!

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    1. You are so right, how could you not be happy and caring. It is the best place to meet people.

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  38. What a lovely and colorful chowder! This is making my mouth water.

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  39. What a great market day! And, I love salmon chowder. Perfect with late season corn.

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    1. Thanks Lisa, yes, I think so too. Have a great week!

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  40. Something about farmers markets, always seems to bring out the good in people. Always a sense of peace at them. Your chowder sounds like the perfect way to warm up on a cool fall day :)

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  41. I love salmon and chowder sounds so wonderfully comforting! Your market looks and sounds lovely. I enjoy our local markets as well, but no one is nearly that thoughtful. I often feel like I need battle armor.

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