Good morning people.
I was a beautiful day in the Hinterlands yesterday and I hope all of you had a great Easter Sunday with your families.
Today’s post is a “leftovers” post that I have been thinking about for a while. Corn and Chicken Chowder done on the smoker. This is something like the leftover BBQ Turkey soup from Thanksgiving. I had cooked a whole chicken for a post on how to grill chicken (to be posted in the near future), and we had a few left overs so I decided to put together this chowder I have been wanting to create just to see how it would turn out.
The short grill description I will give you is I used hickory wood on my gas grill to “quick” smoke the chicken and this already smoked chicken is the core to the chowder I fixed the next day. Since this is a on the fly creation I made changes to the normal on the web recipes, I used cauliflower instead of potatoes and used fresh chilies to warm it up and cilantro to give it a Tex\Mex flavor. The other change I made was I cooked this on the charcoal smoker the next day again using hickory wood but I did not use the water pan that I would if I were cooking the meal on the grill. This was cooked in one of my trusty cast iron dutch ovens at a smoker temperature of around 300° . I monitored the smoker temp with the Maverick ET732 to be sure that it kept temp for the first part of the smoke. You will have to continually check the chowder as it cooks, stirring it so that it does not burn. The Dutch oven is left open so that the chowder can pickup more of the hickory wood flavor as it cooks at a very slow boil.
Happy Easter to all of those who are celebrating today!
Thank you to all of you who have stopped by this week even though I have not posted anything. I know I have mentioned going to school, in the past, but I am not sure if I have actually told you much about it. Last year, after quitting my teaching job, I decided to go back to school and take web design classes. Well, this week was the week to do most my final exam project for the semester. Somehow, I thought I could get it all done, and still blog, but that just didn’t happen. I still have couple of projects left, but I am mostly done, so I should be back. One day maybe I will have time to finish redesigning this site….
Anyway, on to the pasta salad. If has been a few weeks since I made this, but I just love it when fresh vegetables start arriving in the spring. And, when I found this beautiful delicate asparagus, I just had to make something with it!