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

Green Bean and Fennel Salad

Green Bean and Fennel Salad www.epicurious.com

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons water
1/2 pound green beans, trimmed, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
2 fennel bulbs, trimmed, quartered lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise (about 4 cups)
4 ounces button mushrooms, trimmed, quartered (about 2 cups)
2 cups chopped fresh Italian parsley
3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel

Whisk first 4 ingredients in medium bowl to blend. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook green beans in large pot of boiling water until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain. Transfer to large bowl of ice water. Drain beans. Pat dry. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill dressing. Wrap green beans in paper towels and chill.)

Place beans in large bowl. Add fennel, mushrooms, parsley, chives and lemon peel. Drizzle dressing over; toss. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill 30 minutes. Toss again and serve.

Leek And Potato Soup

Leek And Potato Soup

3 tablespoons butter
3 large leeks (white and pale green parts only), halved lengthwise, thinly sliced (about 4 1/2 cups)
2 large red potatoes (about 18 ounces total), peeled, diced
4 1/2 cups (or more) chicken stock or canned low-salt broth
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add leeks; stir to coat with butter. Cover saucepan; cook until leeks are tender, stirring often, about 10 minutes. Add potatoes. Cover and cook until potatoes begin to soften but do not brown, stirring often, about 10 minutes. Add 4 1/2 cups stock. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until vegetables are very tender, about 30 minutes. Puree soup in batches in processor until smooth. Return to saucepan. Thin with additional stock if soup is too thick. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.) Bring soup to simmer. Ladle into bowls. Garnish with chives and serve.