Summer Corn Chowder with Bacon

Summer Corn Chowder with Bacon
Bon Appétit | June 2004

6 slices bacon, chopped
6 cups fresh corn kernels (cut from 6 to 8 ears)
1 chopped fresh fennel bulb
1 cup diced zucchini or yellow squash (about 2)
1 cup 1/2-inch cubes peeled potatoes
3 cups (or more) low-salt chicken broth
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Sauté bacon in large pot over medium-high heat until crisp and brown. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Add corn, fennel, zucchini, and potatoes to drippings in pot; sauté 5 minutes. Add 3 cups broth and simmer uncovered over medium heat until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Transfer 3 cups soup to blender. Holding blender top firmly, puree until smooth. Return puree to soup in pot. Stir in cream and cayenne. Bring chowder to simmer, thinning with more broth if too thick. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle chowder into bowls and sprinkle with bacon and chives

Grilled Zucchini or Summer Squash

Grilled Zucchini or Summer Squash

4 medium zucchini or summer squash, trimmed and sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick strips
2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and ground black pepper

Lay the zucchini slices on a large baking sheet and brush both sides with oil. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper to taste. Grill the zucchini over a medium-hot fire, turning once, until marked with dark stripes, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

Vegetable Risotto w/ Walnut Pesto

Here’s a good recipe that a member sent in which uses a lot of different vegetables. You could easily substitute other veggies for the peas and asparagus.

Vegetable Risotto w/ Walnut Pesto

1/2 cup walnuts and/or pine nuts, toasted
1 clove garlic
1 cup fresh basil
1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 tsp salt
8 oz carrots, cut into 1/4-inch rounds
8 oz green beans, cut to 1/2-inch
1-2 summer squash, cut into 1/2-inch dice
8-16 thin asparagus stalks, cut to 1/2-inch
1/2 c. shelled peas
4 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
1 tbs olive oil
1 leek, chopped
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
2 cups spinach, chopped

Toast the walnuts and/or pine nuts in a small skillet over medium heat or in the oven (@375) on a cookie sheet. Allow to cool. In a blender or food processor, blend together the fresh garlic and walnuts/pine nuts. Add the other four ingredients and blend until fairly smooth. Set aside or store in the refrigerator. In a medium pot, bring 3-4 cups water to a boil. Add carrots. Cook for 3 minutes, until soft. Add beans, squash, peas, and/or any other vegetable you are using. Bring to a boil again, cook for about 1 minute, then drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside. Warm the stock in a saucepan without letting it boil and set that aside. In a large pan or pot, warm the oil. Add the leak and sauté over low heat until golden. Add the rice and mix to coat with oil. Add 1/2 cup of warmed stock at a time, stirring until it is mostly absorbed before adding another 1/2 cup. Continue at a low simmer until all the stock is absorbed and the rice is al dente. Add the salt and spinach, mixing until the spinach has wilted. Add in the other vegetables. Serve right away, topped with a spoonful of pesto.