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Curry Corn Chowder With Pancetta

Updated on October 24, 2017
4.5 stars from 11 ratings of Curry Corn Chowder With Pancetta

Soup-a-licious!

Whenever I eat out, the first thing I do is ask the question; What is the soup of the day? I love soup on so many levels. It's creamy, it's thick, it's savory or sweet. Eat it hot, eat it cold. Make it fruity, make it bold. Who doesn't love soup! It's the type dish that never gets old!

For my "soup-ed up" version of corn chowder, I've gone all out with fresh ingredients and whole foods. I kept it simple, but vibrant. I married American sweet corn to Indian curry and Italian pancetta for surprising flavors that come through in every mouthful.



Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 8-10 servings

Just Three Easy Steps

This curry corn chowder has just three simple components to it.

#1. Prepare the meat

#2. Prepare the vegetables

#3. Prepare the white sauce.

Once these components are complete, simply put them together and stir. Then enjoy!

Ingredient List

  • 5 oz. pancetta, diced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cups unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 3 ears fresh whole kernel corn, cut from the cob
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder

How to Make Curry Corn Chowder With Pancetta

  1. Pan fry the pancetta in olive oil, over medium high heat. Remove from pan onto a paper towel covered plate. Set aside.
  2. Dice onion, celery, and peeled potatoes. Place in large pot and add water just to cover. Place on high heat. Bring to boil, then turn heat to simmer and let cook, covered, for fifteen minutes. Turn burner off, remove covered pan from heat.
  3. In sauce pan, melt butter over medium low heat. Add all-purpose flour and whisk quickly until flour is dissolved into the butter. Continue whisking. Add sugar, salt and pepper. Add milk and cream all at once. Whisk until incorporated and no lumps are showing. Cook and whisk until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and pour directly into large pot of cooked vegetables. Using a spoon, stir well. Add corn, pancetta and curry powder. Taste. Season with more salt, pepper and curry, as needed.

Steps 1 and 2; Meat and Vegetables

Pancetta is really just Italian bacon.
Pancetta is really just Italian bacon.
That is a beautiful color, nice and crisp.
That is a beautiful color, nice and crisp.
I like to cook the corn still in its the husk, in my microwave.  Three ears takes 9 to 10 minutes.
I like to cook the corn still in its the husk, in my microwave. Three ears takes 9 to 10 minutes.
The potatoes should be diced a little larger than the onion and celery.
The potatoes should be diced a little larger than the onion and celery.
The corn is cooked so just peel back the husk.  So easy for making soup or eating off the cob.
The corn is cooked so just peel back the husk. So easy for making soup or eating off the cob.
It's best to have a very sharp knife so you can cut the corn clean off the cob.
It's best to have a very sharp knife so you can cut the corn clean off the cob.
I use a large pot for this soup.
I use a large pot for this soup.
You need enough water to cover the top of these vegetables.
You need enough water to cover the top of these vegetables.

Step 3; White Sauce Made With Butter, Milk, Cream, and Flour

Cutting up the butter helps it to melt evenly so there's less chance of burning it.  Use low heat when melting butter.
Cutting up the butter helps it to melt evenly so there's less chance of burning it. Use low heat when melting butter.
Whisk quickly while adding flour to avoid lumps from developing.
Whisk quickly while adding flour to avoid lumps from developing.
The flour and butter constitute what is called a rue.
The flour and butter constitute what is called a rue.
Add the milk and cream quickly and whisk continually.  At this point you can turn up the heat to medium.
Add the milk and cream quickly and whisk continually. At this point you can turn up the heat to medium.
That looks delicious all by itself.
That looks delicious all by itself.
Quickly add the white sauce to the vegetables.  See how creamy it looks?
Quickly add the white sauce to the vegetables. See how creamy it looks?
Now you can add the corn.
Now you can add the corn.
Yum.
Yum.
Doesn't that pancetta look good?
Doesn't that pancetta look good?
Curry powder will give this soup great flavor and a nice color.
Curry powder will give this soup great flavor and a nice color.
Can't wait to stir together all the components of this soup, and dish up a bowlful!
Can't wait to stir together all the components of this soup, and dish up a bowlful!
I like to melt my butter in a bowl and dip one side of the french bread rounds into it before placing on a baking sheet.
I like to melt my butter in a bowl and dip one side of the french bread rounds into it before placing on a baking sheet.
There's really nothing to do but add the cheese and broil for a few minutes.
There's really nothing to do but add the cheese and broil for a few minutes.

French Bread On The Side or On Top of the Soup? Your Choice.

The great thing about this chowder is that it's a thick rustic kind of soup that's both filling and satisfying any time of the year. Because of its consistancy, I like to top individual bowls of soup with a slice of butter and parmesan encrusted french style bread. You can also use pan toasted croutons, or rustic rolls on the side.

BON APETITE!

If you like this recipe and the way I've put together this hub, please send me a comment, and if you feel so inclined, give me a thumbs up with your vote! Thanks. Look forward to hearing from you.

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      Penny Lulich 3 years ago from Indiana

      Oh, I hope you.

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      Indra Prasetya 3 years ago from Indonesia

      So cool! I have to try some of these!

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      Penny Lulich 4 years ago from Indiana

      Nice comment, thank you. Cooking corn in the micro, still in the husk, is so much easier and less messy than boiling it. Never going back.

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      soulfully 4 years ago

      This is one of the best step by step recipe's I've seen on Hubpages. My mouth was immediately watering upon seeing the Italian fried bacon.

      I like the way you cook your corn on the cob in the microwave, still in the husk.

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Hi DeborahNeyens! So glad you liked the recipe. Thank you, so very much, for taking the time to comment. I always appreciate that.

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      This sounds delicious and the photos are great!

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      H-Chris 5 years ago from Nebraska

      Thank you for your answer about the corn. I wish I'd known about this sooner, I can't wait to try this at home. Sure to be much better than the canned stuff.

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      ElleBee, that's a great idea. If you like, you can purchase bacon salt, and/or Betty Crocker "Bak-O's" product which is bacon bits made from soy (I believe but best to do your research). Glad you enjoyed the recipe. I hope you do make it, and when you do please let me know how it turns out.

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Hi H-Chris! In answer to your question; I put the corn still in its husk right into the micro and cook on high for 3 to 5 minutes. Pull it out and allow it to cool a little before pulling the husk and silk away. The silk comes off fairly easily, so it's a quick (though a bit hot) process. If you're cutting corn from the cob, you can cool it even more before handling, but the corn releases best when it is still warm. We have been cooking our corn on the cob for years, this way. It's delicious.

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Oh, thank you Glimmer Twin Fan! This is a perfect dish for cold days, but I love it in the summer too when the corn is coming on. Thanks for commenting, and pining.

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      You're so welcome. I see you live in Oregon, a great garden producing state. I lived there for many years, and still miss it. My corn chowder recipe journey began there.

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      I wish I could reach through the screen and hand you a bowl. Love your comment and enthusiasm. Thanks for taking time to look at the hub and leave a nice comment.

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Oh, my goodness, what a delightfully nice person you are. That is probably the nicest thing anyone has ever said about any of my recipes. I would love to do that, especially since you live in Northern Cal. which is one of the most beautiful places to live in the country. Thank you, for taking time to come by and leave such a nice comment. It's also very nice to meet you, starstream.

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you. Again, I'm not sure which hub won this award, but I do so appreciate your thoughtful comment. It's always nice to meet a farmer!

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you, purl3agony. You're so sweet. Nice to make your acquaintance.

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Oh, thanks! It's a favortie at our house. I think I've been developing it for twenty years. I had never added the pancetta before, and I really liked the result. Nice to meet you, btw.

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      I saw that I had a "hub of the day" but I've been off line with a huge move across country, so I'm not sure which hub won the award. Thank you, for stopping by and leaving a comment. Nice to meet you!

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you, very much, gmwilliams! This is my husband's favorite dish. I get to stay in practice making it, for him and all the family.

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      ElleBee 5 years ago

      this looks phenomenal! i've really been wanting to make something with curry in it soon, and wasn't sure where to start so this might have to be my recipe to try! might leave out the pancetta and make it for a few of my vegetarian friends who like indian food (then make it again at home w/ the pancetta).

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      H-Chris 5 years ago from Nebraska

      I have a question about the corn. How do you cook it in the microwave? I've never heard of that, but it sounds like a great idea.

      Your soup looks wonderful and makes my mouth water even though I've just eaten. *^_^*

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      This looks absolutely delicious, especially on these cold winter days. Thanks and congratulations on your HOTD! Pinned.

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      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      This looks delicious thanks for sharing the recipe. I really enjoyed the full size images that you included displaying the process for making this curry corn chowder, tasty tasty.

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      Dreamer at heart 5 years ago from Northern California

      I hope you open a restaurant close to my neighborhood! Sounds so tasty and healthy too.

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      Jill Spencer 5 years ago from United States

      Awesome photos & lively writing style. A good choice for HOTD! Congratulations.

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      Donna Herron 5 years ago from USA

      Gosh, this looks soooo goooood! Great step by steps photos. Congrats on your HOTD! Well-deserved.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Your corn chowder looks great! Congratulations.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for this fabulous looking recipe!

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Very appetizing hub and video.

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Marco, thank you!

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      Marco 5 years ago

      Its a great recipe. http://www.micoequipment.com.

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Jeff, what a nice comment you left. Thank you, so much!

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      JSParker 5 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Well, congrats! And no wonder you won. This is gorgeous, delicious work. Cheers!

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you, Little Red Wagon! I'm so glad you stopped by. Yes, definitely, half and half would work very well with this recipe. Sometimes I add 1 can of creamed corn when I'm using half and half or milk. More potatoes can also give you the thicker, richer sauce for your chowder. Let me know what you do and how it turns out. I'm at the point where I'm ready to make it again. Have a blessed day!

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      Mickie‚Äôs Little Red Wagon 5 years ago from The South

      This recipe looks so good. I love a good chowder! I might use half and half instead of the cream; do you think that is ok?

      Congrats on winning the recipe contest. It is well deserved.

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you, Debby! You're so sweet! I'm glad you stopped by and left a comment. Blessings to you, too!

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you, snakeslane. It's nice of you to stop by, and I appreciate your comments.

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Oh, thank you, so much!

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you! I so appreciate your comments.

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Oh, my goodness, thank you! So glad you came by.

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Congratulations. You presented the winning soup du jour! Blessings, Debby

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Congratulations pennylu! Your curry corn chowder looks delicious. Regards, snakeslane

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      Peony 5 years ago

      Congrats on the win! A well laid-out hub and the pictures make it so tempting!

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      omo daddy 5 years ago

      Lovely and congrats. Well deserved, great work, well done you!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I had to drop by and say congratulations on your win. This looks delicious. Voted up.

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Wow, I am so thrilled to see all your comments. I really appreciate the time it takes to look at the recipe and then write out your thoughts.

      Akirchner, I see you live in Central Oregon. We used to live in Sunriver and then in Bend for many years. I miss it there.

      Some of you very kindly left fan mail. Thank you! I'm a little behind on my replies due to a move across the country this week and no internet for a week. I'm currently sitting at a Barnes and Noble so I can catch up.

      I am planning to do a lot more recipe hubs, so I hope you'll hang in there with me until I get my pots and pans unpacked, and the internet going. I wish I could have you all come over for a glass of wine, and to share some good food.

      I promise to come by each of your hubs and spend some time getting to know you too. Thanks again, for stopping by. Cheers!

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Washington

      Great job and congrats, pennylu on your win! Nicely presented and your photo detailing is awesome.

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      LTaylor99 5 years ago from USA

      I can't wait to try this! Congrats on your win!

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Great pennylu, thanks for the cooking tips :)

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      agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia

      Congratulations for winning the contest. The recipe is so attractive with pictures showing step-by-step instructions that make it easy to follow. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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      Vicky C. 5 years ago from New England

      Looks tasty and I love me some corn.

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Claudia, thank you! I was just the opposite in my hopes. I really hoped to win a category but was pretty sure I wouldn't because there were so many excellent recipes. I never dreamed of winning the grand prize, so I was completely taken by surprise. I did enjoy so many of the recipes that were shared. As far as the soup, it is a meal in itself, and yes you can use milk, even skim milk. It won't have the same creamy texture but the flavor will still be delicious and your soup will still be creamy. One thing I've done in the past, is to add a can of cream corn when I'm using skim milk. That helps a lot. Congrats to you on your win, as well, and thank you, so much, for your kind words and for sharing my hub on your facebook. You are so nice!!

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Oh, thank you, so much, FreezeFrame!

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you, Purple Perl! I think I realize I need to get a tri-pod for taking pics as I cook. I'm going to look for one at a garage sale.

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      By the look of it, this is not just a soup, it is a complete meal!! Could one use milk instead of the heavy cream, like the woman cook does in the video?

      I am sharing your hub in my facebook to show my friends who won the grand prize. I was very enthusiastic about winning that contest and was talking a lot about it in my profile. Did win a daily drawing but not the final big prizes :( So I guess you are very lucky :), there was a lot of good competition. Congratulations.

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      FreezeFrame34 5 years ago from Charleston SC

      Congratulations on your win! Looks great; love all of the pictures and details!

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      Purple Perl 5 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Excellent pictures. Made my mouth water. Congrats on winning! Truly well deserved.

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      ktrapp, you are so correct that I was working under not so great conditions. A four hundred sq. ft. park model trailer with a tiny kitchen and hardly any tools. No running cold water. And, we were packing to get ready to move across country which is why I stopped submitting recipes. So, you can imagine my utter and complete surprise when I saw that email informing me that I had won. I really do appreciate your very kind congrats, and would like to extend mine to you, as well.

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      prasetio30, you are very kind and I appreciate your comments. Thank you, for voting me up. I hope you do make the soup soon. Let me know how it turns out for you.

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Ahhh, thank you habee!

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you, so much, Rebeccamealey. So glad you stopped by, and I hope you let me know how your own curry corn chowder turns out.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I love curry and I love corn! Will have to give this a try. Great photos and instructions!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Congrats on the win! Looks awesome!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I found another delicious recipe of Curry Corn here. I can't wait to make it soon. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up :-)

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Vespawoolf, thank you so much. And, congratulations on the best dessert recipe! Looks so yummy! I'm definitely going to make it.

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Peggy, thanks! I was shocked when I saw my recipe had won. There were so many great recipes in the contest that I would not have wanted to be one of the judges. I hope you do get a chance to try the curry corn chowder. We never seem to get enough of it.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Congratulations on your win! This soup recipe sounds delicious! We are getting fresh ears of corn in the stores now so this is the perfect time of year to try your curry corn chowder. Like you...we love homemade soups all times of the year. Voted useful, tweeting and sharing with my followers.

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      farmloft 5 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub, great soup! Even if my thermometer says it's 100 degrees this soup is great anytime of the year.

      And I didn't know soups got their start in Greece.

      Fresh sweet corn is calling my name...

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      This certainly looks like a grand-prize winning recipe and I bet it tastes like one too. What a delicious assortment of ingredients. Correct me if I'm wrong, but did I read somewhere in one of your recipe hubs that you were preparing these recipes for the contest in a small kitchen (perhaps an RV???) while vacationing? Either way, this recipe hub and all your other ones are fabulous. Congratulations again!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Congratulations for winning grand prize in the recipe contest!!

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Vespawoolf, thank you, so much! Appreciate your comments and kind congrats.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Wow, what a sumptuous chowder! I love the idea of fresh corn, pancetta and a slice of french bread floating on the top. Voted up and shared. Congrats on placing in the contest!

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Oh, thank you, Kelleyward! Glad to see you again. You're comments are always so kind.

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks, Mhatter! I'm glad you stopped by and left such a nice comment.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Love the pictures. This sounds amazing. Congrats on the win!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      did someone say corn? Then find this great recipe! thank you

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks, rjsadowski! I appreciate you stopping by to check it out, and leaving a nice comment.

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      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      Great pictures and a fine recipe.

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      Penny Lulich 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you, Kaili!

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      Kaili Bisson 5 years ago from Canada

      Great recipe...I love the idea of curry in corn chowder. I will make this one for sure. Voted up!

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