Creamy Celery and Potato Chowder

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When shopping for groceries, our market had celery on special. So I bought two stalks. As it turned out, not all of it was used for making dinner. Which meant we still had one whole stalk of celery to use up. We really enjoyed the Root and Stem Salad, but we still had another stalk to eat.....

One morning I got out a large pot, a cutting board, and a sharp knife and went to work. This chowder is what I came up with, and it was actually quite good! A light chowder with all that celery, yet still potato soup hearty. Plus, celery is really good for you! Lucky for me, a bowl of this chowder found it's way into my lunch bag more than once.

Creamy Celery and Potato Chowder
Creamy Celery and Potato Chowder
Garnish with a little Tomato Serendipity for a wonderful bowl of chowder.

Creamy Celery and Potato Chowder
by the seat of my pants!
makes about 2 quarts

4-5 c sliced celery
1 large onion, diced
4 small potatoes, peeled, quartered and sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced (you can use more, I will next time!)
2 t thyme leaves, crushed
1 bay leaf
4 "grinds" fresh pepper
1 1/2 t salt
4 c bone broth - I used chicken, but ham would also be good

1 c whole milk
2-3 T flour - use all the flour for a thicker chowder
1/4 - 1/2 c torn parsley, celery or spinach leaves - if desired for color

Combine celery through broth in a large kettle. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and simmer until very tender, about 45 minutes.

Remove pan from the burner. Find and remove bay leaf. Using a potato masher, gently mash ingredients. You will have several pieces that escape the masher, and that is perfect!

Stir flour into the milk until no lumps remain. Return the soup to a boil, add parsley leaves if using and then slowly add the milk mixture, stirring well. Simmer 3-5 minutes to cook flour and thicken the chowder.

Taste for seasoning, correct if desired.


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