Tuesday, May 02, 2006


Crystal's Award-Winning Halibut Chowda

Seriously, I won 1st place at my workplace's "Souper Bowl." It ain't healthy, but it's yummy!

1 C butter, separated
2 medium onions, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely diced
3 stalks celery, finely diced
2 C chicken or fish broth
2 potatoes, diced
1 bouquet garni (fresh herbs: 3 sprigs parsley, 1 sprig thyme, 1 bay leaf wrapped and tied in cheesecloth; dry herbs: 1 tsp. parsley, 1 tsp. thyme, 1 bay leaf wrapped and tied in cheesecloth)
2 lb. white fish (halibut, cod, snapper, etc.), raw, cut into bite-size pieces
2 C heavy whipping cream (yeah, baby!)
3/4 C flour or 6 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 C dry white wine
freshly ground pepper to taste

  1. In a large soup kettle, cook onions, carrots and celery in 1/4 C butter over low heat until softened. Keep the heat low and be patient.. it may take 20 minutes for the vegetables to soften and you don't want to brown them.
  2. Add broth, potatoes and bouquet garni. Keep the heat on low and simmer for another 20 minutes or until the potatoes are softened but not squishy. Add the fish and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt the remaining 3/4 C butter over medium heat. Add the flour or cornstarch and whisk until smooth. Add cream and whisk constantly until thick and smooth. Add to the fish soup and blend well.
  4. Note: if you are making this ahead of time, now would be the time to remove the soup from the heat and store it in the fridge.
  5. Just before serving the soup, add the wine, remove the bouquet garni and season with pepper. Enjoy!

how does one wrap and tie something in cheese cloth?
Well, the cheesecloth is like a piece of fabric. So you put your ingredients in the center of and just kind of fold the fabric around the ingredients to keep them inside. You can gather the fabric together like a pouch. I use a piece of hemp string to tie around the whole thing. It's basically like wrapping a present!
Why doesn't it surprise me that you tie it with hemp? :) You are so earthy-crunchy and I just love that about you! *smooch*
Thanks Alanna! I love you too!
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