So, I like soup. I like it a lot. I could eat it every day. My family, not so much - my older two girls, yes, but the rest of the family, nope.
I don't care. I make it anyway. I really like corn chowder, and wanted to make it tonight, but I didn't have the exact ingredients called for in my go to recipe - so I made my own. (Also, hi, it was the day before payday and I typically get somewhat, uh, creative, with using up odds and ends.)
It was really, really good.
Heat one bag diced frozen hash brown potatoes in the microwave for five minutes, until the potatoes are thoroughly warmed. (The original recipe called for 6 peeled and diced potatoes to be brought to a boil in a pan of water and cooked until tender, and then drain. I had hash browns, so I went with those.)
While they are heating, chop one large onion and brown in 2 T. butter. When it's softened, add in one bag of frozen corn and one can of whole corn. (The recipe called for two cans of creamed corn, but like I said, this is my "day before payday" version.) Add in crumbled bacon (we had already cooked bacon, which, yes, I do buy, because my daughter likes bacon for breakfast and I am not about that early morning bacon frying life.)
In a separate bowl, dump the warmed diced potatoes. Add 3 cups milk and mash thoroughly. You can use a stick blender if you'd like - the object is to make a thinner mashed potato version. (At this point, I got super frustrated and so I dumped it all in the Vitamix and blended really well, adding more milk as it was very thick. Eyeball it, but probably in the neighborhood of 3.5 - 4 cups.)
Stir the corn mixture into the potato mixture, and add in one 16 ounce bag of shredded Colby Jack cheese. Season to taste (I used about 2 t. salt and 1 t. pepper.)
NOTE: this is not a scientific recipe, mostly a "clean out the pantry and the fridge before payday" type deal - but it was very, very good.
And don't forget to freeze the leftovers in your silicone pan to save for lunches next month! Future You will adore Present You.