Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sarah's Food

We spent Labor Day weekend plus with Daughter Sarah and her Andy in Minneapolis (well, actually Chanhassen) and, of course, any visit revolves around food!

We didn't eat all of our meals out nor did we eat all of our meals in.    We did go to the Minnesota State Fair while we were there and ate several meals "on a stick"!

 Husband Jim with an 18 INCH long  corn dog!   Corn Dog Heaven                                                                                                

We ate breakfast at home one morning -- the lazy Labor Day Monday morning -- with plenty of freshly brewed coffee.

Crispy fried Polish Bacon, Scrambled eggs with fresh chives and Farmer's Market sautéed cherry tomatoes

Since it was a lazy day,we leisurely did the dishes and then we all piled into Andy's car and  we motored to Stillwater, Minnesota and then wandered into Wisconsin before we headed home.    Lunch was at a restaurant overlooking the St. Croix.

Tropical Shrimp

With shrimp slated for dinner, Sarah's Andy made us a dish called Tropical Shrimp, sautéed shrimp, mango, cilantro, lime, red pepper and pineapple served over a bed of rice.    I confess to more than one helping!

Roasted Corn and Roasted Potato Chowder

We awoke to a chill in the air on Sunday morning and headed downtown to the Farmer's Market and after arriving back with a load of fresh vegetables, a warming chowder was a winning lunch.      Andy handled the roasting on the grill of both corn and potatoes while Sarah put the chowder together.     It was a great lunch (served with corn and roasted poblano pepper quesadillas) and gave us enough energy to walk around their wonderful Arboretum.

It's a recipe that I plan to make -- unfortunately, corn season is over on the prairie but I have packages of Trader Joe's Fire Roasted Corn in the freezer and that should make a good substitute!!!!

The visit was all too short and we headed back to Kansas -- a Kansas that was filled with wonderfully cool air -- a nice change from the triple digits that was the temps the day we left.


1 pound small red potatoes, quartered
1 T. salt, divided
3 T. softened butter, divided
4 ears shucked corn
Cooking spray
3/4 c. finely chopped onion
1/8 t. ground red pepper
3 cups milk (Sarah used 2%)
1/2 c. half and half
2 thyme sprigs
3 T. finely chopped chives
1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper

Preheat grill to medium high heat.    Place a grill basket on grill.   Place potatoes and 2 t. salt in a saucepan; cover with water.    Bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes.    Remove from heat.    Let potatoes stand in hot water 5 minutes.    Drain; cut into 1/4 inch cubes.

Melt 1 T. butter; brush evenly over corn.    Place corn on grill rack coated with cooking spray.   Place potatoes in grill basket coated with cooking spray.    Grill corn and potatoes 14 minutes or until slightly charred, turning occasionally.    Cool corn slightly; cut kernels from cobs.   Place 1 cup corn kernels in a food processor; process until smooth.

Melt remaining 2 T. butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.    Add onion, sauté 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.   Add remaining 1 t. salt and red pepper; cook for 30 seconds; stirring frequently.    Stir in potatoes, remaining corn kernels, pureed corn, milk, half and half and thyme sprigs; bring to a simmer.    Reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.    Discard thyme sprigs.   Stir in chives and remaining ingredients.

It's Friday and I'm sharing my Minnesota feast with Michael at Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday.


mecookin said...

The chowder sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing! That is a helluva corndog! haha

Blondie's Journal said...

The Tropical Shrimp and chowder sound SO good. It makes me want to put a pot on the stove and start cooking! Don't you love soups and stew in this weather? And now that you are back in Kansas, you're ready!! :-)


Amy said...

Polish sausage? Never heard of it. Interesting.

A Kitchen Witch said...

That soup sounds delish. Can't wait for TX to cool off so that I can enjoy fall flavors again. ; )

Bernideen said...

What a great recipe that I am printing for my files! I have 2 signs at my store that I bought in Stillwater - you've seen them around.
They say "Your husband called and said you can buy anything you want!"
It is a cute town!

From the Kitchen said...

Is there anything better than spending time with our children? It appears that Sarah and her Andy provided some delicious meals and good times.

And, is there anyone happier than your Jim appears to be with an 18 inch corn dog?


Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Yum Yum, it all looks delicious! Even the 18" corn dog...did he eat all of that! :)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Oh Martha! I am a soup girl and this looks just fabulous! Corn is still available and I'm making this great soup!

I would love you to join me for ON THE MENU MONDAY at StoneGable with this recipe. This is a recipe to share and share!

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Hi, Martha. Thanks so much for stopping by my first post, and your nice comments. I'm sure glad I found you and what sounds like a wonderful chowder recipe. I shall try it! Good to know you, Martha. Thank you!!

Pondside said...

It all sounds so good - and so much fun! Time with our adult children is such a gift to give ourselves.

Unknown said...

Cowder looks delish. The longest corn dog I have ever seen!! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! :)

Maura @ Kisiwa Creek Photography said...

Hello Martha!
OH goodness I LOVE chowder especially corn chowder so I will have to try this recipe from your daughter. The Tropical Shrimp also sounds for cool days and one for when the heat comes back like it looks like it may be doing. Don't you just love these cooler temperatures! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a's nice to see you again.
Maura :)