I love shopping at farmers markets and local vegetables stands.
With sweet corn in abundance right now, I came up with this hearty soup I made for one of my weekly clients using produce I bought from Stade’s Farm and Market.
For this recipe, I bought the onions, potatoes, sweet corn and garlic there, and you can really taste the freshness.
Hearty And Healthy Corn Soup
1/2 pound bacon
2 large onions, chopped
1 stalk organic celery, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3 1/2 cups reduced-sodium organic chicken broth
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
2 cups fresh corn kernels (about four ears)
4 red potatoes, peeled and diced
1 pound smoked sausage
1 12-ounce can nonfat evaporated milk
1/2 cup water
Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
Pinch cayenne pepper
To cut corn from the cob: Place an ear of corn, trimmed end down, on a cutting board or place the corn in the hole of a bundt pan, holding near the top of the ear. Using a sharp knife, start at the top and cut downward with a gentle sawing motion, cutting corn from the cob at about two-thirds the depth of the kernels. Continue cutting until all of the corn is removed.
Heat a large, heavy saucepan over low heat. Add bacon and cook until crisp. Drain on paper towel. Add onions to the pan and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add celery, sausage, garlic and cumin. Cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the broth and milk, thyme and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
Add the corn and potatoes. Return to a simmer and cook until all the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
If you want a thicker soup, place cornstarch in a small bowl and slowly add water, stirring until smooth. Stir into the soup and return to a simmer.
Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 2 minutes.
Discard the bay leaf. Season with salt, pepper, dill and cayenne.
• Chef Debi Stuckwisch is the owner of Meals Like Mom’s Personal Chef service in McHenry County. She can be reached at 847-778-9351 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.mealslikemom.com.