This is a week full of all of my favorite foods from my childhood. Corn chowder was a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember. Sweet corn, potatoes and onions. So simple, yet sooooo delicious. To this day, potatoes corn and onions are still some of my favorite foods. Especially potatoes! I have not had my Mom's corn chowder in at least 10 years. I'm sure more than that. I thought I had the recipe but when I looked last night I realized that I don't. I'm not even sure if my mom has a recipe anymore. I am pretty sure hers called for either evaporated milk or condensed. Either way, I needed to find an alternative.
This week my new favorite discovery is So Delicious Coconut Milk. I've found that not only is it thick and creamy, it doesn't leave any coconut taste in the finished recipes. I decided to use a basic corn chowder recipe from All Recipes.com and use the coconut milk in place of regular milk. I also subbed Earth Balance for the butter. The finished product was a little less creamy than my mom's version plus I used red potatoes with the skin on in bigger chunks as opposed to peeled idaho potatoes in small chunks. Other than that, it was delicious. Next time, I think I will use a little less water and So Delicious Creamer instead of milk.
And the breadsticks? Schar of course! My favorite part of Mom's corn chowder was crushing up saltine crackers and letting them soak up the chowder. The Schar breadsticks were a great substitute for the saltines. Next time I will use Schar table crackers but the store I was at last night didn't carry them. I am loving this stroll down memory lane during this holiday season.