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Corn Chowder and Oliver Twist

February 21, 2009

In honor of Masterpiece Theatre’s presentation of Oliver Twist last Sunday night, we made corn chowder. It was so good. Who knew? I have never had the stuff before. We used fresh corn, as in, we cut the kernels off the ears, half-n-half (none of that skimpy skim milk), bacon (yes, fried), chicken broth, some other stuff, and asparagus tips.

This upcoming Sunday will be the second and final half of Oliver Twist, not sure what we will eat for the occasion.

Sophie Okonedo portrays Nancy, and she is so good. Also, Timothy Spall (That’s Peter Pettigrew for you Harry Potter fans) is working Fagin.

  1. The Fabulous Kitty Glendower permalink
    February 21, 2009 4:58 pm

    Wow, that corn chowder looks so good. Yummy. And I know the second half of Oliver Twist will be super Sunday night.

  2. Chris permalink
    February 21, 2009 11:30 pm

    That looks awesome! Perfect for a cold day. You are right, any corn dish is so much better with corn shucked off the cob instead of canned or frozen. I wish I would do that more often but it’s so much cheaper and easier the other way. So, you going to divulge a recipe or do we have to guess?

    We don’t have Oliver Twist going on, but the local youth symphony is performing a free concert tomorrow night and I think we’re taking Trevor to that.

  3. Shainzona permalink
    February 22, 2009 3:20 pm

    About 15 years ago I got addicted to Masterpiece theater and all of the wonderful English series. We lived in the east then. Then we moved to the Midwest on our way to our final destination (that sounds, well, final, doesn’t it!) in Arizona. Each move brought less and less stations that carry these shows. I am dying to catch up.

    I wonder if NetFlix carries these shows? Or, I guess I can buy CD’s and donate them to the local library.

  4. The Fabulous Kitty Glendower permalink
    February 22, 2009 8:52 pm

    Shainzona, check with your county (it has to be county, not city) library. Of course, some library branches in the city/town can be part of the county system. But, there is a difference sometimes. Anyway, most county libraries across the U.S. have a very friendly borrowing system, and you can do it from home (by use of the internet) and have the DVD sent to your local library. In addition, I think the more patrons use the library, the more the libraries can justify asking for more money.

    For the list of masterpiece features past and presents, here is the link:

    The newest presentations will probably not be at the library yet (such as this Oliver Twist and next month’s Little Dorrit. I don’t think they are even available on the DVD for U.S. buyers, yet). But the ones in repeat (as in the upcoming David Copperfield) will more than likely be available at the library. Also, if they are available on DVD, Netflix probaly does have them.

  5. The Fabulous Kitty Glendower permalink
    February 23, 2009 6:35 am

    Okay Chris, going by memory:
    5-Cut ears of corn

    3 Bunches asparagus tips

    3 or 4 lg potatos

    1-Large onion

    1/4-cup butter

    6-Thick cut bacon pcs.

    1-49.5 oz Chicken broth

    3-Cups 1/2 & 1/2

    3-Tbs flour (heap)

    3-Teaspoons salt

    2-teaspoons pepper

    Thyme to taste

  6. MargaretJamison permalink
    February 23, 2009 12:36 pm

    I watched the second half of Oliver Twist last night. It was really, really well done. Thanks for the recommendation, Kitty.


  7. The Fabulous Kitty Glendower permalink
    February 23, 2009 2:38 pm

    And no commercial breaks! I loved loved, Nancy haunting Bill Sikes.

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