2 cans of corn (approximately 32 ounces, if using frozen corn)
1 white onion chopped
1 garlic clove minced
3 tablespoons of butter
4 and 1/2 cups of chicken stock
Place one tablespoon of butter in a large sauce pan over a low heat. Add onion and garlic as butter melts and increase temperature to medium heat. Stir repeatedly for five minutes. Add the corn, the chicken stock, some salt and pepperand the reamining butter. Increase heat and stir until soup begins a low boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. You can serve hot or you can place in the fridge and serve cold. I like to add a little more pepper after I put my own in the bowl but I'm a big nut for pepper.
Thank you to Mandy for that recipe. I tried it. Tried to have it hot Thursday night. But was so busy, I had to take it off the oven and take care of some other things. When I came back it was cold (but not chilled). I ate it that way because I was hungry and it really tasted good.
Now for the economy.
If you'll drop back several years, you'll see that while everyone was insisting the economy was sound, I was blogging that it wasn't. That's not to say, "Look how smart I am!" That's because the economy hasn't recovered and people are lying to you when they say it has.
Here, we knew the economy was bad because we shop. I don't mean for extravagant things, I mean for basic ingredients for the kitchen. And when we started seeing Tower Records and other stores declaring bankruptcy, we knew the economy was in trouble despite the claims otherwise.
When Bennigans joined in, I did a post about how this was effecting whole communities.
Borders Books has filed for bankruptcy. As best as I can tell,, we're losing only one store in my area (Boston). San Francisco is losing two or three (they'll still have at least one, according to Kat who looked over the list I'd made on a legal pad). Around the country people are losing their Borders.
What does it matter?
Well it means the employees of that store are now out of business. It means that those who deliver to those stores will now have more free time (in this economy, they will not find a lot more routes to go on). It means that the fast food places or cafes around the stores will not have customers or employees leaving Borders for a snack or lunch. It means that the store itself will go vacant and the landlord will not be making money off leasing the space. And on, and on, it goes.
And we're not in an economy where we can afford to see more chains go under.
As I was talking about this with friends, my good friend Cecilia pointed out that Barack was more than happy to bail out the banks that ripped off so many Americans but that a bookstore was on its own and it shows, she pointed out, just how little reading was valued in this country.
I agree. Where's the bail out for the book industry?
There is none.
If there's a Borders in your area, find out if it's closing. If it is closing, look at all the stores around it and grasp that when Borders closes, that's less foot traffic for those surrounding stores. This is how the economy continues to spiral and refuses to recover.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Friday: