There are many things I have tried to suppress about myself, but one little peccadillo remains regardless of how hard I try to pretend it is not there. I wish I could play football. Like real football. I watch Rudy and I get choked up, wishing it were me flying down that field. I loved going to the football games in high school and not just to “walk the track” and try to flirt with all the non-football players. I just loved that energy. And I’m not even from Texas. In P.E. when we’d play flag football, I could almost always get to the quarterback’s flags before he threw the ball, and if I got the pass, I’d be off to the end zone. Like all the little guys, I dreamt of being “x” enough that I’d get to have my moment under the bright lights, and not just to pass out the water bottles. Too bad I was born a girl. But that didn’t stop me from dreaming.
So when I married a football-loving non-football playing guy, it was like two folks coming out of some athletic closet…a match made in heaven. As you might expect, we watch the Super Bowls – and not even just in hopes of catching a wardrobe malfunction. We watch it for all the same reasons that so many people sit on the edge of the couch and shout instructions at the television. Because we wish we were on that field as well.
And, it helps that Super Bowl parties always have such great food.
So we took the kids out for pizza last night and I had one of those “eyebrow raising” moments. Mayonnaise on pizza? That is just wrong. I don’t care if the basic ingredients might not be disgusting on a pizza, but to just lay down a layer of mayonnaise on a pizza just shouts bad idea to me. This is not the first time I’ve had this rather visceral response to pizza preparation either. In England, I had the “honor” of eating pizza with corn on it. Yeah, corn. Talk about weird.
So this got me to thinking about the gastronomic things that just do not make my tummy sit up and take notice. Like peanut butter on a hamburger. People eat some weird-ass stuff out there. Let’s see what other finds we can come up with. I’ll be the first one to admit a certain level of “conventionality” when it comes to my pizza preferences. But I can be open-minded about such things, I think.
So here’s one of those super easy things to whip together for a time when you are needing some comfort food. If you are a purist, then just use the “regular” items in your pantry, but this is super quick for when you need to put something together without much time.
Easy Corn Chowder
1 bag frozen O’Brien potatoes
2 cups frozen corn
1 can cream of corn
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups cubed ham
2 stalks celery, chopped
3 peeled carrot, sliced
1 can evaporated milk
In a large soup pot or dutch oven, saute onions and celery until the onions are nearly transparent. I like to use a mixture of extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil to saute. Add carrots, garlic, and frozen potatoes. Cover and cook until potatoes begin to thaw. Stir the veggies frequently so they don’t scorch or stick. Add both types of corn and stock. Simmer until all veggies are soft. I usually use about 8 cups of stock. Remove about 2 cups of the veggies, and gently mash them. Return to the pot and add the ham and milk. Heat throughout and season as needed.