Now We're Cookin'!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Remember when I lived in an apartment with no kitchen? For a year & a half?

Unsurprisingly, I have absolutely no idea how to cook. A few kind friends have offered to assist me, but I've yet to take any of them up on it. Sometimes I call my mom with frantic questions, like "What does sauté mean?" & other times, I just tweet my questions into the oblivion & hope for help:

Today, with some help from the Twitterverse, I made soup. I know - easy, right? For you. Not for me, OK? Cooking feels totally foreign to me. I get bored. I get impatient. I can't figure out the timing. But I made this soup tonight after cleaning my apartment (I'm so domestic, y'all!), & I even messed with the recipe a little bit, changing things to my liking. There are only six steps, so I didn't have time to get all that impatient or bored.

End result? MY SOUP WAS AMAZING. I'm so happy. Life is good. And, of course, so is bacon.

Creamy Corn (& Bacon!) Soup

  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 pieces of bacon
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn
  • 1 (8 oz) can creamed corn
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ground cayenne pepper to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • salt to taste


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, combine the onion, garlic, & butter or margarine. Saute for about 5 minutes, or until onions are tender.
  2. Add the flour, stirring well, to make a pasty mixture.
  3. Whisk in the milk & the broth.
  4. Add the corn & cream cheese & allow to heat through.
  5. Cook bacon & cut into small pieces; add to soup.
  6. Add salt, garlic powder, black pepper & cayenne pepper to taste. Stir together & serve with oyster crackers or bread.


Julie @ Bunsen Burner Bakery said...

My offer still stands to teach you how to cook whenever you are up for it!

Wearing Mascara said...

YAY! Success! That looks so yummy!

Malnurtured Snay said...

I swear, you've had the weirdest living arrangements. No kitchen ... no window in your bedroom ... the next apartment you're going to have will probably be sans-toilet.

Alice said...

i wish i liked creamed corn, because this soup sounds like it would be fantastic. uh, if you like creamed corn, i mean.

congrats on the cooking success! :-)

Anonymous said...

I KNEW you could do this! Once you get started & get hooked cooking is a lot of fun & very satisfying. So what recipe will you be testing on your mother when you visit?! (-:

Anonymous said...

This soup sounds delicious, but I'm afraid you clogged your arteries!

lemmonex said...

Yum...good job. See, not that hard?

And I am sure your arteries are healthy and happy. I am sure anon only eats salad.

Rachel said...

that soup looks awesome! might have to try it out very very soon :)

justjp said...

I am glad to see all turned out well... we were worried for a hot minute.

steph anne said...

I can't cook either... sad thing is I'm only good at making desserts.

That soup looks good though!

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