Merry Monday | Winter Solstice

So today is the shortest day of the year, also known as the Winter Solstice. Today we have the fewest hours of daylight because the sun on our sky’s dome reaches its farthest southward point for the year. In the U.S. that’s 11:48 pm (EST). This happens at the same time all over the world, so use your local time. But, if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, it is your summer solstice which is just the opposite for the north. The sun is on the south longer, making it the longest day of the year.

Well in our part of the world, it’s officially winter and my favorite season! The holidays are upon us as well, and it’s just a wonderful time of year. For this brisk season, a good throw and stew recipe is all you need to get through the shortest day of the year.

One of my favorite and easiest soups is salsa corn chowder. In culinary school, we made this for our guests and it’s been one of my go-to’s since.

Salsa Corn Chowder

corn chowder

1 1/2 c. chopped onion
2 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. flour
1 tbsp. chili powder (less if you don’t like the heat)
1 tsp. ground cumin
16 oz. pkg. frozen corn, thawed
2 c. med. thick and chunky salsa
13 3/4 oz. can chicken broth
8 oz. container soft cream cheese
1 c. milk

Sauté onions in large saucepan. Stir in flour and seasonings. Add corn, salsa, and broth. Bring to boil; remove from heat.

Gradually add 1/4 cup hot mixture to cream cheese in small bowl, stirring until well blended.

Add cream cheese mixture and milk to saucepan, stirring until well blended. Cook until thoroughly heated. Do not boil!

Let simmer in pot for about 30 minutes before serving to let flavor come out and chowder thicken. Serves 6-8.

It’s a creamy mix of textures and bold flavors that can easily qualify this soup as a comfort food staple. This recipe is quick, easy, and can be made in large quantities for freezing to have for later. Enjoy with tortilla chips, warm soft tortillas, or by itself.

Now for cozying up on the couch, I love a good throw. I don’t like to be too hot, so getting a simple throw is just perfect for me. Here’s one I love from Restoration Hardware.

RH Vintage Linen Throw

Perfect for watching tv, sitting with a loved one, or taking a nap after the holiday eating frenzy.

Have a wonderful holiday season!