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Southwest meets Northwest: Green Chile and Smoked Salmon Chowder

roasted green chile and smoked salmon chowder

My freezer is stocked with New Mexican green chile after a trip home over Thanksgiving, so I’m about as content as a Southwestern girl can get.  I have plans for all that chile–it absolutely shines in soups and stews, and it’s high season for big ‘ol batches of soup in the Northwest.  This is the only time of year my slow cooker maintains its own place on the counter and my freezer is full of soup ready to defrost and heat, perfect for dinner when it’s dark by 4:30pm.
You won’t need your slow cooker for this chowder since it’s so fast and easy.  Most of the work is in chopping up all those veggies.  If you’re pressed for time, a few pulses in your food processor will do the job.  If you’ve had a particularly frustrating day then sharpen your knife and get to chopping.  Sometimes food prep can be the most meditative and centering thing you do in single a day.  Breathe in, breathe out…chop chop chop.  Get into the rhythm and take solace in the fact that you’re creating a delicious dinner and will soon bask in the warmth of a perfect bowl of chowdah.

And abandoning modesty for a moment–this is one of the best things I’ve made this winter.  Ivar and Duke can kiss my green chile.  Enjoy!

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