Creamy Potato & Spinach Chowder
The less people know, the more stubbornly they know it.
— Rajneesh

I think it might almost be officially fall here in Alaska. And yes, in case you're wondering, fall in the Last Frontier starts in July. Prompt and decidedly unapologetic. I judge it's early arrival by the daybreak. It's been exceptionally cold here in the mornings, which is always the first telling.

Steam breathes up from the dirt road as soon the sun peeks above the mountain tops in the dawn. I start to see Bailey's breath on our morning walks as he quietly pads down our driveway and branches are softly nudged from a gentle, crisp breeze, encouraging little yellow leaves to float to the earth. And there's the rain. Everlasting rain. The kind of wearisome drizzle you think might never end until it turns out one evening to spontaneously decide to be snow. 

It's not all bad though. Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year. I love snuggling up in cozy sweaters and blankets and my special teacup deploys each evening for tea or cocoa. Coffee consumption surges as my wakings get a little colder, and a little darker with each passing sleep. 

I'll miss the light the most though. 

Last night, a lonely, bleak, and dreary evening indeed, beckoned for a chowder. A potato and spinach chowder. To be frank, any chowder would have sufficed, but I happened to have a bag of mixed baby fingerling potatoes and a lovely bundle of fresh spinach on hand and so it was. 

Produce On Parade - Creamy Potato & Spinach Chowder

I'm not really sure what exactly constitutes a chowder and for fear of being incorrect on a technicality, I decided against Googling it. This is a chowder, dammit. A chunky and hot chowder promising couch snuggle-time while watching The Borgias on Netflix. That show is amazing by the way. 

Produce On Parade - Creamy Potato & Spinach Chowder
Produce On Parade - Creamy Potato & Spinach Chowder
Produce On Parade - Creamy Potato & Spinach Chowder
Produce On Parade - Creamy Potato & Spinach Chowder
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Creamy Potato & Spinach Chowder
This is a rich, luxurious and chunky soup laden with tender baby potatoes and fresh, silky spinach. Note: Peel the potatoes if you must, but I definitely recommend keeping the peels on. Kombu is a type of seaweed that helps with digestion and is a good source of natural iodine. It’s often used in broths. I get mine off Amazon, but it is optional for this soup.
Ingredients
  • 3 lbs. (about 6 cups) mixed baby fingerling potatoes, whole
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large brown onion, diced
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 12 oz. non-dairy milk (I used hazelnut)
  • 1 small strip of kombu (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch (10 oz.) fresh spinach leaves, washed and torn
  • 1/2 diced avocado, for garnish (optional)
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds, for garnish (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
Scrub the potatoes and place them in a large saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cover. Allow to boil for about 10-15 minutes, until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain and set aside to cool slightly.Meanwhile, in a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes, until the onions become fragrant and begin to brown. Stir in the flour. Then, stir in the remaining ingredients excluding the spinach and garnishes. Stir often, until the soup begins to thicken. Turn to low and add the spinach leaves. Mash 2 cups of boiled potatoes and add them to the soup. Dice the remaining potatoes and add to the soup as well. Stir to combine. Add more broth or milk for a thinner soup, if desired. The kombu can be removed and discarded once softened, or diced up and added back to the soup.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6-8
Produce On Parade - Creamy Potato & Spinach Chowder

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