Curried Corn Chowder and A Cookbook GIVEAWAY

I know I’m not alone when I say Fall is my favorite season. I love the the way the trees look, I love putting on my pea coat and cute boots, but most importantly I love the feeling of coming home after being in the crisp air and eating something wholesome. There are so many great fall recipes out there on the internet, but I recently came across this cookbook and love the variety of recipes in it.

Inspired by a sisterhood of good family cooks, In My Mother’s Kitchen is a collection of great home cooking remembered, preserved and renewed, but from a contemporary, busy working-mom’s perspective. The first recipe I tried was this curried corn chowder and I love it! I even made extra the next day to freeze for later when I need a quick fix. Since I love this book so much I thought I would share it with you and have a GIVEAWAY! I’m excited for this.

Giveaway Details:
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Just tell me what cookbooks you’re liking these days? Any suggestions for the fall season?

Want extra entries?
Each item you do will get you ONE chance to win (for a total of 5 chances), if you ALREADY do any of these things, they DO count! So make sure to comment for each item! You MUST leave each entry as a separate comment or only one comment will count!

1. Like Warm Vanilla Sugar on Facebook
2. Follow @katrinadingle on Twitter and tweet the following statement, then come back to this post and tell me you tweeted.

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5. Subscribe to Warm Vanilla Sugar’s email updates. Once you subscribe to the email updates, you will get an emailing confirming your subscription.

Important Details:
-This giveaway is open to USA and Canadian residents only and will run until Wednesday, October 12th at 11:59 pm EST.
-Winners will be generated via a random number generator software program.
-Winners will be notified via the contact email provided on the comment contact form.
-Winners will have until October 19th 2011 to claim their prize.

This giveaway is provided to you by Warm Vanilla Sugar. The views and opinions expressed on Warm Vanilla Sugar are purely my own and based upon my personal taste buds. I was not monetarily compensated for a positive review or giveaway.

In the meantime, try this recipe out!

Elena’s Curried Corn Chowder

1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tsp (5 mL) curry powder
8 baby new potatoes, quartered (or 2 medium Yukon Golds, peeled and cut into chunks)
Salt and pepper to taste
4 cups (1 L) fresh or thawed frozen corn kernels
1 sweet red pepper, diced
1/2 jalapeño or red chili pepper, finely diced
1/2 cup (125 mL) white wine
1 can (10 oz/284 mL) creamed corn
3 1/2 cups (875 mL) chicken stock
6 small tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup (125 mL) 35% cream
Chives, for garnish

In a large heavy soup pot, melt butter with oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until soft, about 3 minutes. Add curry powder and sauté another minute. Stir in potatoes, salt and pepper; sauté another minute. Stir in corn kernels and cook until corn is lightly brown, about 5 minutes.

Stir in red pepper and jalapeño; sauté for another 2 minutes. Stir in wine and let evaporate. Add creamed corn and chicken stock, reduce heat to low and simmer 20 minutes.

Remove from heat. Remove two-thirds of the mixture and set aside. Using a hand blender, purée remaining soup in the pot. Return reserved soup to the pot.

Return to medium-high heat and add tomatoes and cream. Cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Serve garnished with chives.


  1. Curry and corn…,why haven’t I thought of it? Love it!

  2. I don’t own cookbooks. A lot of recipes are available online and that’s usually my first resource. Plus having a food blog makes me make up my own recipes all the time! Great giveaway! :)

  3. Emily Anderson says:

    I don’t do cookbooks unless they r family cookbooks. I love food blogs

  4. I love ur blog. I love running as well, out with injury currently though.

  5. I subscribed for ur emails.

  6. Unfortunately I can’t enter the giveaway as I reside in Australia, but just wanted to say that soup looks delicious! Such warm and comforting flavours. (P.S. I’ll be having a giveaway soon too, which is open for all, so feel free to pop by sometime!)

  7. The soup looks great! It’s hard to pick just one cookbook that I’m loving these days…since, I do think I own a good 500. Well, let’s just say I’d rather not count. A recent publication that I’m loving is Alison Fishman’s You Can Trust a Skinny Chef. It’s a great collection of great recipe!

  8. I like you on Facebook.

  9. My favorite cookbooks are usually from Cook’s Illustrated, though lately I’ve been digging my copy of Emeril’s newest book. Fun giveaway, the soup looks wonderful!

  10. Oh, I’m all about reading local cookbooks that various clubs and charities produce. Usually I can find interesting recipes using popular local ingredients, like trout! Nice giveaway!

  11. this is a really nice giveaway!:D

  12. I have far, far too many cookbooks to count! A couple that I have picked up again recently are Nigella Lawson’s How to Eat and How to be a Domestic Godess. I’ve just recently discovered food blogs…I’m obsessed!! Some of the ones I’ve been enjoying are…Yours – obviously, Pioneer Woman, Eat,Live,Run, How Sweet it is, Annie’s Eats, and others. I love how you all include links to other blogs on your sites. It’s a great way for fans to compile a long list of amazing blogs! I bookmark them on my computer, I “like” them on facebook, I sign-up for email updates… Ya, I’d say it’s my new obsession!!
    The corn chowder looks awesome! You asked about fall suggestions…I love anything that incorporates apples and/or pumpkin. You guys are so talented…keep up the great work!! :)

  13. My current favorite is Sunday Suppers at Lucques – it’s wonderful!

  14. I always love Ina Garten books. Any and all of them, no matter what season it is.

  15. I love cookbooks that feature family recipes…that’s how you know they’re tried and true!

    I am SO COLD in my apartment right now and all I want is a piping hot bowl of this chowder

  16. My go-to cookbook these days is “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian,” because it literally has everything you can possibly think of! Love it. I’ve also been obsessed recently with Heidi Swanson over at — I want her latest book soooo bad!

  17. Tweeted!! (@TrebleTart)

  18. Liked on Facebook! (as Treble Tart)

  19. Following on Pinterest! (trebletart)

  20. Right now, I’m loving Taste of the East, Super Natural Every Day and Martha Stewart’s Pies and Tarts.

  21. I started following you on Instagram (as greenvegan).

  22. This looks so good! I would love this cookbook :) One of my favorites is Baked Explorations, it’s filled with amazingly creative desserts!

  23. The Baking Fairy liked you on Facebook!

  24. I already follow you on Twitter! (@thebakingfairy) :)

  25. Following on Pinterest :)

  26. What a great giveaway! I love hearty and wholesome dishes in the fall, too. Right now I’m enjoying One-Dish Country Suppers (A Country Living cookbook) since I am all over stews and soups!

  27. I can’t believe I didn’t follow you on Facebook before. But now I do! :-)

  28. I tweeted, too! :-)

  29. I now follow you on Pinterest as well. :-)

  30. I have been drooling over everything in Patricia Well’s Trattoria. I just recently found her book at an used bookstore, and now I want to make everything in her book ;-)

  31. Liked you on Facebook as Blissfully Delicious ;-)

  32. My favorite cookbook? My dad’s recipes! He is a professional chef and has won many awards… I love cooking up anything he has made.

  33. I like Pioneer Woman’s cookbook– simple yet scrumptious!

  34. Woohoo I’m creeping you on Twitter now, too! ;) I picked up Allison Fishman’s “You Can Trust a Skinny Cook” a couple of months back, it’s pretty awesome. It’s full of simple, healthy, and delicious recipes, like a great mixed green + apple + maple salad I now make weekly.

    (I work with you, by the way. I’m not just some random creep creeping you for the fun of it. Just thought I’d clear that up!)

  35. What a beautiful soup! I’m not eligible for the giveaway since I’m in Melbourne, Australia, but I love the combination of curry and corn and couldn’t resist stopping by for a visit :)

  36. I “like” you on facebook.

  37. I subscribe to email updates.

  38. i like your pictures and would like to invite you to share them on

  39. That chowder sounds great! I just attempted a sweet potato corn chowder that wasn’t quite right. I just liked your facebook page!

  40. Don’t use facebook or twitter–just follow your blog “the old-fashioned way.” And my favorite new cookbooks are the recipes on all the food blogs. They are the ones that I can trust to be tried and true and fit for the season.

  41. I’ll be honest…Pinterest has been my cookbook this season! SO many delicious looking things on there!

  42. I liked your blog on FB

  43. This recipe sounds fantastic! I love autumn too, but it’s definitely not pea coat weather yet in Phoenix :( I wish it’d hurry up! It’s basic, but I like Rachel Ray cookbooks for quick weeknight meals.

  44. decoybetty says:

    I live in Australia so I can’t enter, but man this looks yummy! My favourite cookbook recently has been The Enchanted Broccoli Forrest. I absolutely love it. there is an amazing recipe for twice baked potatoes that is just YUM.

  45. This book looks wonderful! I have so many favorite cookbooks. Lately “Lucid Food” is a hit.

  46. I like you on Facebook :)

  47. I follow you on Instagram :)

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