HAM CHOWDER.....THE BIRTHDAY SOUP!


You know, our family is very strong on tradition, especially when it comes to food! Even if we go out for a family birthday, I always have a family birthday meal at home as well! Everyone has a favorite they like me to make; For my husband, BLT's and Corn on the Cob, for the oldest it's Hamburger Steaks with Mushroom Gravy, for 2nd oldest, it's Chipped Beef on Toast and for the youngest, it's this delicious Ham and Potato Chowder. We've been having the soup for years and it seems to get better each time I make it! 
Yum  


The family scarfed it down last Sunday for the birthday dinner   It's easy soup full flavor but I'm sure your family will love as much as ours does. For some reason the best crackers to serve with this soup are the buttery Townhouse originals.


HAM CHOWDER
  
 INGREDIENTS
4 cups diced potatoes
4 cups water
1 cup diced/cubed ham (can add more if you love ham)
1/3 cup diced onion
1/3 cup diced celery
2-3 Tablespoons dry chicken base
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 stick butter
8 Tablespoons flour
3 cups skim milk
Shredded cheese, bacon and/or green onions for garnish.

 DIRECTIONS
Dice celery, onion and potatoes, add to large stock pot and add the water. Boil for about 20 minutes on med-high heat until tender. Add the chicken base, salt and pepper. In the meantime, make your rue by melting the butter in a medium saucepan and slowly adding the flour, whisking until like a paste, slowly add the milk, whisking over medium heat continuously until thickened. Pour into soup mixture, stir well, cook for an addition 10 minutes over med-low heat and serve with colby-jack shredded cheese and bacon crumbled on top.




What the Rue looks like before adding the milk



Mmm, Mmm Good!!

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 "Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world."
~Susan Lieberman 

39 comments:

  1. YUM! This looks amazing - perfect for a cozy birthday meal <3

    Green Fashionista

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    1. Aww, yes!! It got devoured quickly!! Have a wonderful and tasty Tuesday girl!!! ;-)

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  2. Oh I LOVE soup...I could eat it every day! Can't wait to try this:)

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    1. Me too! Soup is good for the soul and my taste buds. Lol! Have a wonderful day!! ;-)

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  3. Looks delicious!! I will have try this some time. It is also very colorful which makes for a great birthday meal. Thank you for sharing!! :-)

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    1. I just love making birthdays special, bright and cheery!! Hope you have a wonderful day my friend!!

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  4. I'm so ready for soup season! I made a tuscan kale soup the other night and have been eating on it for days

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    1. Isn't that the great thing about soups, leftovers are awesome! I love making a big pot and it lasts for several days! I hope you're enjoying a wonderful Tuesday!!

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  5. This sounds so yummy! Can't wait to make it!

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    1. Yay!! Thanks Karen!! Have a fantastic day!

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    2. Made this last night. I felt like poo (I think it was a reaction to the flu shot!) but it was so easy and soooo comforting and delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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  6. I love it when family traditions stand the test of time like this! It is fun that you know what each person will request for their birthday. This soup looks perfect for this time of year!

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    1. Aww, thank you Carlee!! Feeds the soul!! Hope you have an amazing day!

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  7. Yum! This looks delicious!

    XO Jessi
    www.thedarlingdetail.com

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    1. Thanks love! Have an amazing day!!

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  8. That looks sooooo good!!! I am ALL about family traditions. We had "birthdays dinners" with my family too, and my choice was always my mom's spaghetti!!

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    1. Mmmmm mama's spaghetti! Bet it's so good!!! Hope you're having an amazing day!! :-)

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  9. Yum! This looks so delicious, Andrea! I love the family traditions -- I know I have a favorite birthday dinner and get so excited for my mom to make it each year. I will have to make this soup for my husband, he LOVES ham haha! I'm so excited for soup season, I was just looking at recipes the other day trying to come up with ideas! I will add this to the list!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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    1. Yay! Soups are the best! I love making a big pot on Sunday and then eating on it throughout the week! I hope your day is going great!!

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  10. This sounds so delicious!!! Chris's favorite meals are my Pork Medallions and Lasagna....so I try to make one of those around his birthday. My mom always makes homemade pierogies at Christmas because it is mine and my sister's favorite dish ever. Happy Birthday to your youngest!

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    1. Aww thank you!! Homemade pierogies, YUM!!!! Your mama sounds like an amazing cook!! She taught you well!!! ;-) Happy Tuesday!!

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  11. Holy cow, you've done it again! I am 100% making this soup and I don't even know if my husband will get any, I am a HUGE fan of potato soup and throwing in ham sounds amazing! I love that your family is big on tradition, we are too, and maybe our traditions will cross paths because I definitely think this will have to be made yearly as it gets cold! I hope you are having a most amazing Tuesday (and national coffee day haha!) my gorgeous, sweet, wonderful friend! XO -Kim

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    1. Oh Kim, this is one that is even better heated up. Yeah, you and I can share a pot of this soup because after the boys get done with this, I barely get any. Ha ha!! Hope your day is going great beauty!!

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  12. This looks a lot easier than I would have thought! And how delicious. I'm a huge, huge soup person.

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    1. It is very easy and so flavorful!! I love soups too!! Hope you're having a great day!!

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  13. Sounds like my family too :) My parents always make us our favorite for birthdays, even if we go out to eat. Last year my dad made me his fried chicken and my mom made my favorite side dishes. Yum! This soup definitely looks like something Cody would like so I'm going to have to make it for him.

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    1. Aww, I love how both parents make you your faves!!! So sweet! If Cody is anything like the men in my house, he'll love it and go back for more. lol. Happy Tuesday!!

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  14. Sounds amazing!! I've never made any sport of chowder. Yummy!

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    1. You'll love it, it's thick, hearty and flavorful! Hope you're having a great day!!

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  15. Hello, big old bowl of cheese, hammy goodness! This looks absolutely divine, lady friend!

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  16. Mmmm! This looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com/

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  17. Oh wow - now this looks amazing! I've got to try as soon as I can!

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  18. This looks great! I can't find the ham mentioned anywhere in the recipe though. I see your picture of it. We have a terrific ham in the freezer just waiting for a chowder like this. Thanks!

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  19. Perfect comfort food for this time of year! #foodpornthursdays

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  20. Sounds yummy - I just love soup and now that the weather is cooling down, I look forward to trying this!!

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  21. This is the perfect day to find a yummy-sounding soup recipe, because we are getting a bit of rain and lower temps here in the AZ desert! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  22. This looks fab! I thought it'd be much harder to make a chowder, I've never tried one before. Love the twist with ham! Thanks so much for linking up with #foodpornthursdays x

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  23. Looks yummy!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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