While I never regret moving here to Wilmington, NC – there are those moments that I do wish I could spend more time with my friends and family back home! I especially miss the opportunities to just pop over to a friends house for dinner, or share a morning coffee with my dad.
This recipe will warm your belly, and your heart! From Amish Country in Pennsylvania comes Cheddar Chowder – a dinner from my best friend’s mother in law!
I grew up with Steve in farm-town USA. If there’s one thing we share, it’s our love for the Amish homelands; and, well, our love for my Hope.
I met Hope the night before she and Steve got engaged. Then, going our separate ways, I ended up missing the wedding and not seeing her again until I moved to Wilmington (an hour south of where she and Steve were stationed)!
Steve’s time in the Marines wasn’t our favorite. And while I wouldn’t wish that lifestyle on anyone, those deployments gave me the opportunity to get to know and love Hope.
Fast forward, she’s got two
baby boys and is a total super-mom! Needless to say, all recipes from Hope are guaranteed! And since this one came first from Steve’s mom Darlene, it’s double verified! (Trust me, I ate a lot in that house growing up!)
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups diced, unpeeled red potatoes
- 1/2 cup diced carrots
- 1/2 cup diced celery
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups shredded cheddar
- 1 cup chopped ham
- Combine water, potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, salt and pepper in a large kettle. Boil 10-12 minutes.
- In a medium skillet, melt butter. Add flour and stir until smooth.
- Slowly add milk and cook until thickened.
- Add grated cheese and stir until melted.
- Add this mixture and your chopped ham to the boiling vegetables.
- Serves well with cornbread or crescent rolls!
*** A great part about this recipe is that you can change how much you want to use of each vegetable! If you prefer more potatoes or less celery, give it a shot! ***
Let us know how you like this recipe! We can’t wait to hear your feedback!