Friday, February 4, 2011
Tuna Chowder: Memories in Every Bowl
Unless it was tuna soup.
For some reason, my mother was a miracle worker with a can of tuna. She made the best tuna salad sandwiches. The best casseroles. And, apparently, the very best soup.
There are some dishes that , once eaten, leave an indelible impression. For me, "tuna soup" was one of those dishes. Mom made it regularly. And she frequently brought it to pot-lucks and soup dinners. The flavors of the soup were so indelibly ingrained in my head by the time I went to college that I took after my mother, cooking up pot after pot of this fantastic soup. Of course, I had to give it my own special twist. So, I started calling it tuna "chowder" -- after all, a chowder is much more sophisticated sounding than a soup. Right?
Like tuna casserole, this deliciously creamy soup pulls together the comforting flavors of tuna, dill, cream, and peas. But, rather than noodles, you'll find spoonful after spoonful of perfectly cooked potatoes that have been rendered deliciously tender by a gentle 20 minute milk bath.
It's quick. It's nourishing. And it's basic enough to appeal to the most frugal gourmet's budget.
Tuna chowder... it's what's for dinner.
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