Monday, December 21, 2015

Countdown to Christmas

Only four days left until Christmas and if you're anything like me (way behind in preparation) you could use some help around the house. Our eldest son and his family arrived from Southern California last night and the house instantly brightened up! Full of laughing, noisy children! It's slushy raining outside this morning threatening to snow so to keep the kids occupied we'll be baking cookies and continuously peeking out the windows praying for snow.
On days like this I like to start up the crock pot and have dinner all ready no matter what happens the rest of the day. I'll be baking with the kids, we may have snow and that means lots of outside fun and not much time to think about a meal for a crowd. I'm making Corn Chowder with sausage and garlic bread. It will be ready whenever we are and smells so delicious.

Patrica’s  Slow Cooker Corn Chowder
Serves 8-12

1 yellow onion, diced
1 cup diced carrots – 2 med
1 red bell pepper, diced
4 cups diced potatoes – about 6 small
2 15 oz cans cream corn
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 lb ready to eat smoked sausage, cut in half lengthwise and sliced into bite size pieces.  (I use turkey kielbasa; you could leave this out for vegetarian chowder)
2 tsp dried Italian herbs
1 bay leaf
1 qt chicken broth
¼ tsp liquid smoke
1 cup half and half

NOTE: Do not add any salt as the sausage has plenty of salt.

Use a 6 qt slow cooker. Put everything but half and half and liquid smoke in cooker, cover and cook on low for 8 to 9 hours, or on high for 4 to 5 hours. Use a potato masher and gently break up potatoes, this also helps to thicken soup. Taste and add liquid smoke if it needs more smoky flavor. Add half and half before serving to add richness.

This is a great pot luck take along especially if you have one of those locking lid slow cookers which my DIL does and which I borrow from her all the time.

Hearty & Delicious!
Have a great countdown to Christmas!

Until next time,


  1. Oh this sounds wonderful, Patrica. I'm definitely going to give this one a try.

    Hope you all have a great time and get some snow.

    1. All we've had so far is about 9" of rain which we certainly need but no snow. Maybe tomorrow it will be cold enough for that white stuff. Remember to skip the salt on this and it tastes better the next day like most soups and stews don't you think?
      Merry Christmas Jeanna!

  2. Looks yummy (except the corn...yuk!) hahaha!! Thanks for sharing your joy with us...I'm praying for snow for ya!

    1. You really the only person I have ever met who doesn't like corn -really what is wrong with you? LOL! Still waiting for the snow flakes, maybe tomorrow.

  3. That chowder sure looks Yummy! I'm going to get the ingredients and give it a whirl! Thank you!


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