It's a staple around here (whitefish chowder, not milkweed). We like to do fish on Fridays and whitefish is fresh and local. Kind of a no brainer. Our version is adapted from Hollyhocks and Radishes, one of those local/regional cookbooks that is always a little suspect. But we really like this one. It's big on character and big on yum. Whitefish chowder is a year-round soup for us.
Speaking of our seasonal menus, I'm working out the kinks in our summer rotation. I somehow got lucky on the spring menus and didn't really need to edit much after the first 4 weeks. But summer has been a little trickier. I'll post them here when I think they're ready for prime time.
In the meantime, Whitefish Chowder. Enjoy!
2 Tbsp butter
6 green onions, chopped
3 carrots, diced
1 large potato, diced (we leave the peel on)
Melt butter in a large saucepan or dutch oven. Saute onions, carrots, and potato (you may want to put celery in here. I don't of course).
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp dill
2 Tbsp flour
Add herbs and flour, stir to mix.
16 oz can of diced or stewed tomatoes
3 cups of milk
1 1/2# Lake Superior Whitefish (we've also made with lake trout, walleye... other meaty white fish)
Add the tomatoes, milk, and fish. Simmer until heated through. Stir in:
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp parsley
before serving. Serves about 4-6 happily.