#EdenCooks - Corn Chowder and English Muffins - Mon. Oct 17 at 8pm EDT

Antipova Antipova
Welcome to the October meeting of Eden Cooks! We're celebrating a meeting date change---to help you get your ingredients and work the recipes into your weekly cooking plan, we'll now be having our meeting on the 3rd Monday of every month, at the same time.

Eden Cooks is a cooking club for any interested members of the Eden community. We will meet on the forum to discuss everything from tips and pointers for less well-equipped kitchens, explanations of cooking terms, and important techniques. There will be a featured recipe each meeting, with pictures taken as I prepare it for you. I will cover some ingredient substitutions to make each recipe more friendly to people with dietary restrictions.

October can be a very busy month for a cook (if you garden, you'll be canning, pickling, or freezing lots of your crop), so it's good to have a quick, warm and hearty but refreshing recipe like corn chowder on hand when you're feeling rushed. English muffins go together wonderfully with soups, and are easy to prepare by the two-dozen and keep in the freezer to toast when you're feeling rushed later. I'll be sharing an original recipe for corn chowder, as well as the current state of my English muffin recipe (it's ever-evolving, but my mom's been calling the current version "Best Yet, Easiest Yet English Muffins.")

During the meeting, a $25 gift card will be awarded for the winner of a contest where you guess the lesser known kitchen implement from a series of photos that I take. Another will be given to the winner of a trivia contest from information that I will provide during the meeting.

The meeting will take place on the EdenFantasys forum in this very thread at 8 pm EST on Monday, October 17th. I'm really looking forward to this meeting, so I hope to see you there!
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Antipova Antipova
Hope everybody's excited to learn to make homemade English muffins! I'm uploading the pictures for Monday's meeting right now, and they looked so tasty I had to go eat one of the leftover muffins.

Mmmm...
10/11/2011
cheetahpita cheetahpita
Corn Chowder sounds delicious! I've been trying to add more soups/stews to my normal dinner routine, so this is perfect timing.
10/12/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by cheetahpita
Corn Chowder sounds delicious! I've been trying to add more soups/stews to my normal dinner routine, so this is perfect timing.
Excellent! And a great thing about soups, is once you have a basic idea, you can improvise for infinite variety!
10/12/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
I'd love to learn how to make corn chowder. I'm not so sure about the english muffins, but maybe I'll like them too. I'm looking forward to the meeting.
10/12/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Ivy Wilde
I'd love to learn how to make corn chowder. I'm not so sure about the english muffins, but maybe I'll like them too. I'm looking forward to the meeting.
I did set up the meeting in two steps---so if you're not feeling like making English muffins, you can always just pop some bread in the toaster to enjoy with your chowder Looking forward to having you there!
10/12/2011
Kkay Kkay
Ooh, corn chowder will be a new one for me. Sounds good!
10/12/2011
FaerieLove FaerieLove
This sounds so good. I'm excited!!
10/12/2011
badk1tty badk1tty
Sex & Cooking, what could be better? <3
10/12/2011
Antipova Antipova
My thoughts exactly, badk1tty!

Looking forward to seeing you all at the meeting
10/13/2011
Miss Voluptuous Miss Voluptuous
Mmmmm this sounds lovely! Now I want to make biscuits *drool*
10/14/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Miss Voluptuous
Mmmmm this sounds lovely! Now I want to make biscuits *drool*
Do it! Good biscuits are heavenly.
10/14/2011
Antipova Antipova
Everyone ready to get cooking tomorrow?
10/16/2011
Rarity Rarity
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Originally posted by Antipova
Everyone ready to get cooking tomorrow?
Yes! I'm excited to learn to make corn chowder!
10/16/2011
Midway through Midway through
This sounds divine!
10/16/2011
Valentinka Valentinka
Oh, that's gonna be 7 am in my time zone... But I'll try to wake up
10/17/2011
Antipova Antipova
I'm so glad everyone's excited I am too.

And Valentinka, and anyone else who can't make it due to time zones or other conflicts---the meeting will still be in the forum and you can read through it even after it's over. Hope you learn something, but no need to lose sleep over it
10/17/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I'm excited!
10/17/2011
Antipova Antipova
Four hours til we all come together to drool over food pictures and try to win a couple of gift cards, Chefs of Eden!
10/17/2011
Kkay Kkay
Any chance of an early ingredients list so I have a hope of following along?
10/17/2011
Antipova Antipova
Sure thing! The English muffins have a 45 minute rise time, so I don't think you'll be able to follow along in realtime, unless you started them rising a little before the meeting.

Easiest Yet, Tastiest Yet English Muffins (makes 24 muffins)

2 cups whole wheat flour
3 cups all-purpose flour
5 Tbsp yeast (active dry, or use less if you're using quick-rise stuff)
0.25 cup sugar
1 Tbsp salt
2 cups scalded milk
a bit of cornmeal


Quick Corn Chowder (serves 4 as a main course, 8 as a side dish)

3 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
2.5 tsp finely ground black pepper
~1 tsp salt
quick shake of paprika
1/2 a large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
12 oz frozen sweet corn (or fresh, if you have it)
1/3 cup chopped green pepper
3 cups chicken stock (or as much as you have, and fill the rest with water)
1/2 cup cream

If any of those ingredients strike fear into your heart, don't fret! We're going to cover replacement suggestions come meeting time.
10/17/2011
Kkay Kkay
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Originally posted by Antipova
Sure thing! The English muffins have a 45 minute rise time, so I don't think you'll be able to follow along in realtime, unless you started them rising a little before the meeting.

Easiest Yet, Tastiest Yet English Muffins (makes 24 ... More
Ack, looks like I won't be able to follow the corn chowder in realtime anyway- food intolerance means I have to make stock from scratch. ;^^ I should be around for the meeting anyway, though!
10/17/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Kkay
Ack, looks like I won't be able to follow the corn chowder in realtime anyway- food intolerance means I have to make stock from scratch. ;^^ I should be around for the meeting anyway, though!
Aw That's too bad! I make stock from scratch too (it's much tastier that way!) but I usually have a mason jar or two in the fridge so I can cook with it on short notice.
10/17/2011
Kkay Kkay
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Originally posted by Antipova
Aw That's too bad! I make stock from scratch too (it's much tastier that way!) but I usually have a mason jar or two in the fridge so I can cook with it on short notice.
That's a good idea. I freeze it in ice-cube trays, but it's hard for me to make a pot of stock and then -not- make it into chicken soup...
10/17/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Kkay
That's a good idea. I freeze it in ice-cube trays, but it's hard for me to make a pot of stock and then -not- make it into chicken soup...
I tend to save bones up in the freezer til I've got enough to make a few gallons of stock at a time, and then I can't possibly turn all of it into soup
10/17/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
Can't wait for tonights meeting!
10/17/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Starkiller87
Can't wait for tonights meeting!
Me too! Just another hour til Eden Cooks!
10/17/2011
macho99 macho99
ooooh. I'm up for a meeting! lol See you in a few!
10/17/2011
Antipova Antipova
Let's get cooking in just 20 minutes!
10/17/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I'm here!
10/17/2011
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