Sherry A. Phillips

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Creamy Corn Chowder

My family is Orthodox Christian. If you’re not familiar with Orthodoxy, you can find out more here.
We are now in our Lenten season. Last Sunday was Meatfare Sunday, which means until Pascha (Easter Sunday), meat is a thing of the past for our family. This Sunday is Cheesefare Sunday and after that, a vegan diet. Pascha falls on May 5th for us year, as the Orthodox calendar has to do with Passover, Equinox and Full Moon cycles.

Last night, we had veggie chow mein and tonight, we’re having Vegetarian Corn Chowder. I’m putting the Vegetarian version on here and then I’ll put the variations I use to make it vegan afterward.

Creamy Corn Chowder

1/2 Stick Butter or vegan margarine
1 small onion, diced
1 small carrot, finely diced
1 small celery stalk, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups white corn kernels, fresh or frozen
3 cups vegetable stock
2 cups fat-free half-and-half
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic, and saute for 4 minutes. Add the flour and stir to make a roux. Cook until the roux is lightly browned; set aside to cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, combine the corn and vegetable stock in another saucepan, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Pour the boiling stock with the corn (a little at a time) into the saucepan with the roux, whisking briskly so it doesn’t lump. Return the skillet to the heat and bring to a boil. The mixture should become very thick.

In a small saucepan, gently heat the fat free half-and-half; stir it into the thick corn mixture. Add the nutmeg and salt and pepper, to taste. If you would like a thinner soup, add more vegetable stock until it is the consistency you prefer.


To Make it Vegan: Use Almond Milk instead of fat-free Half and Half. Use Vegan margarine instead of butter (I like Earth Balance). Although I have not tried it, for those who do not like flour, you can substitute the appropriate amount of corn starch.

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