Lobster & Corn Chowder by Barbara Ross

This hearty soup is derived from one of my treasured family recipes. It was originally Corn and Turkey Chowder, a Depression-era meal popular in our house after Thanksgiving. Bill Carito adapted it for lobster and brought it into the current millennium.


4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
2 onions, chopped
3 Tablespoons flour
6 cups lobster or fish stock, warmed
1 can creamed corn
1 pound frozen corn
½ pint heavy cream
½ pound lobster meat, chopped
Corn nuts for garnish
Chopped chives for garnish


Melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté for 5 minutes. Add flour and stir constantly for 2-3 minutes.

Add warm stock, a ladleful at a time, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil, then simmer gently for 5 minutes. Add creamed corn and frozen corn and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in heavy cream and lobster meat and cook for 5 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls, and garnish with corn nuts and chopped chives.

Serves: 6-8.


About the Book

An autumn chill has settled over Busman’s Harbor, Maine, but Julia Snowden is warming up the town by offering lobster stew at the local diner. When her landlord discovers a dead body in the walk-in refrigerator, Julia must figure out who ordered up a side of murder.

Nothing’s colder than a corpse—especially one stashed inside a sub-zero fridge. The victim spent his last night on earth dining at the restaurant bar, so naturally Julia finds herself at the center of the ensuing investigation. Lost in the November fog, however, is who’d want to kill the unidentified stranger—and why. It might have something to do with a suspicious group of retirees and a decades-old tragedy to which they’re all connected. One thing’s for sure: Julia’s going to make solving this mystery her early bird special…


BarbaraRossAbout the Author

Barbara and her husband own the former Seafarer Inn at the head of the harbor in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. She blogs with a wonderful group of Maine mystery authors at Maine Crime Writers and with a group of writers of New England-based cozy mysteries at Wicked Cozy Authors.

Visit her website: www.maineclambakemysteries.com