Monday, July 2, 2012

Week 25: Regional-Boundary Bay Salmon Chowder

Every once in a while, and by that I mean all the time, I get a hankering for Boundary Bay salmon chowder. For non-local readers Boundary Bay is a Bellingham brewery and pub that makes pretty decent beer and damn good grub. For the regional challenge I wanted to make something specific to the 'Ham and this was an obvious choice.

I found the notorious salmon chowder recipe posted on this site and it seemed so easy! I cut the recipe in half knowing that as much as I love it, it is quite rich and even a half batch would leave plenty of leftovers.

First I got the vegetables (carrots, celery, potato, and onion) boiling in white wine and clam juice seasoned with thyme.

I let that cook until the veg were almost cooked. In a separate pot I made a thick roux.

In yet a third pot I warmed the heavy cream and added it slowly to the roux.

When the veg were all cooked and ready to go. I added the cream roux mixture.

Next I added about .5lb of smoked salmon and stirred using my wooden spoon to break up the salmon.

It was quite a bit thicker than I've had at Boundary Bay so I thinned it out with a more white wine and also some chicken stock. I added a bit of salt and pepper until it was perfect.

Lastly I warmed rosemary bread and pour glasses of a lovely Pino Grigio we picked up last weekend on a wine tasting tour of the Wenatchee valley.

It is a columbia valley vineyard Bella Terrazza with a gorgeous view.

All in all this chowder is FANTASTIC. I would make this for out of town guests and you can bet I'll make this regularly in the winter.

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  1. OMG, Becca. Do you have a parallel blog call 365 days in the gym?
    --Uncle Gary

    1. Hahaha. I should! I am not ashamed to tell you that through all this cooking and baking I have managed to loose about 15lbs (since I started working on it in April) and I recently completed my very first 5k. I used a cool program called Couch to 5K. It only took me 8 weeks to go from not being able to sustain a jog for more than a minute, to running 3 miles a few times a week. I always hated running, but I have begun to enjoy it and find it very rewarding. I am planning on running two more 5k races this month.

  2. MMMM, Becca, I think I'll call Milano's! Well done.