Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Early morning trip to NYC and WIAW

Monday morning was an early day. I had to be in NYC by 9am for a meeting. This meant getting up at 5am. Taking the train by 6am and the grabbing a cab to my meeting. There was lots of hustle and bustle. 

All my meals were on the road.  Most were not the healthy.  5am does not scream a healthy day for me.  Lattes were on the mind.  I grabbed an everything bagel and cream cheese from Junior's at Grand Central along with a nonfat grande latte. I have to hand it to Starbucks.  The line was huge but I didn't have to wait long.  The bagel had me worried all day that my breath smelled like garlic and onion.

Lunch was on the run as well.  My meeting ran long and thus I missed the train I was planning on taking back to New Haven.  I grabbed lunch at Hale and Hearty Soups - a combo of chicken tortilla and salad.  My four toppings in my mixed greens cost an additional $4.  In total it was $15.  This is why I couldn't live in the city.  Too expensive.

After picking up lunch I barely made the next train.  I chowed down on the train ride back.  It was good. I wondered if my fellow train riders were jealous of my meal.  The soup smelled so good.  I would have been envious if I was watching someone else eat this up next to me.

Dinner wasn't too special.  We made soup.  Potatoes. Corn. Bacon.  It was good but not great.  I would have preferred the chicken tortilla soup again. There was enough to feed an army.  Not something you want when you have soup that is good but not great. I bet you could make it better by adding some extra spice. 

Potato Corn Chowder

by Emily Morris
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: soup/stew

Ingredients (serves 8)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 pound bacon, diced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 4 cups peeled, finely diced all-purpose potato
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
Sling the butter into a soup kettle and melt over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook till crisp. Scoop out the bacon and drain on paper towels. Save for later.

Pour off all but 1/4 cup of fat from the pot. Toss in the onions, seasoning them with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook till soft and then throw in the garlic, cooking it all for 1 minute more. Sprinkle on the flour and mix into the veggies.

Add in the broth and potatoes. Cover the pot and bring to a boil; then lower the heat and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, or till the potatoes are tender. Add the corn. Cover and simmer everything 5 to 6 minutes longer to blend the flavors.

Stir in the half-and-half. Season with the thyme, cayenne, some more salt, and lots of freshly ground black pepper to taste. Sprinkle with parsley and the bacon bits you've been saving. Give it one last stir, and ladle it up piping hot.
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  1. I'm with on never being able to live in the city with costs like that... geesh! However, Kuwait is kind of similar unfortunately :(

    1. High costs stink but sometimes they have the best/unique things too.

  2. Geez that's expensive. I feel like that with the food in the dining halls here at college. At the grocery store I could get the same amount of food for at least half of what it costs here. 69 cents for a banana? Try again :D

    All of your food looks great, especially considering that you were on the go for most of the day!

    1. I kept thinking I could get the same thing at Panera for $9.

  3. Yup, I would've been one of the jealous riders on the train - I can smell food on a bus, on a train, on a plane - from like a mile away! lmao

  4. What a crazy day! That food looks yumtastic though :)

  5. Crazy day full of travel. I am exhausted just listening to all you had to go through. That bowl of soup was a perfect way to end the day... comforting and filling. :)


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