Mother Nature has been giving us quite the ride this week with weather here in New England! We had gorgeous springtime weather this past weekend with temps in the 70’s! (It was so awesome to finally be outside without needing a jacket!) Then we had wind and torrential rain earlier this week – and yesterday we woke up to a coating of snow on the ground, plus freezing rain! Three hours later – glorious sunshine, but still quite cold.
I’m just hoping that this is the last of the cold weather because I’m really ready for warm weather to be here for good!
But this not-so-great weather has been the perfect excuse to enjoy some delicious, hearty comfort food – like this Salmon and Parsnip Chowder – before swimsuit season (and lighter eating) is here for good! This delicious chowder came about from what we like to call “A.I.” – or “Available Ingredients” in our refrigerator and the results were fantastic!
We combined some fresh salmon, parsnips, leeks and potatoes with some open containers of cream and vegetable stock that we had in the fridge. Some additional clam juice, pancetta, thyme and other seasonings rounded out this fantastic, comforting chowder – and a garnish of smoked salmon (which we also had on hand – but adding that is optional) was a perfect finishing touch!
We didn’t set out to make this salmon and parsnip chowder recipe to feature here on the blog – but it was so delicious, we had to share!
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