Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Smoked Turkey Chowder


I brought out some Spring décor to get ready for Easter.  It's coming before we know it!!



This bunny came from Homegoods, last year.  He's nested in an old basket surrounded by flowers. 



These polka dot plates came from Homegoods, several years ago. 


Here's a close-up of the machine quilted topper I made.  I love the cheery fabrics!


The inspiration for this recipe came from The Dallas Morning News and it is perfect for those chilly evenings in Spring.  My favorite grocery store, Market Street, smokes their own turkey to sell in their deli, and it is so good.  Here's my slightly adapted recipe:

1 T. olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups chicken stock
2 cans (15-ounce) great northern beans (divided use)
1 ( 7-ounce) can diced green chiles
1 (11-ounce) can white corn, drained
1 pound smoked turkey, chopped
About 1 ounce shredded Pepper Jack cheese + more for serving
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven. Add onion and garlic and cook until soft. Add chicken broth and bring to a simmer.

Using a blender, purée half of one can of the beans, including liquid, then add to the Dutch oven. Reserve the remaining beans until later.

Add green chiles, corn, chopped turkey and cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. If serving immediately, add remaining beans and their liquid, and return to a simmer.

Stir in cilantro and season to taste.  Top with additional cheese, if desired.  For more spice, add some cayenne pepper and some diced jalapeño peppers.

NOTE:  I actually put everything in a slow cooker and cooked on low for several hours, while we went to The Dallas Arboretum.


One of the flower beds at Dallas Blooms at the Arboretum.  Happy first day of Spring!

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              Thank you for your visit!  xo


  1. Oh so beautiful and festive and springy, Kitty!

    And THANKS for the recipe- sounds great, will definately have to try it.

    We roast turkey all year and always have so much....I make a turkey noodle soup but would love to try this recipe for something a little different.



  2. That chowder looks so yummy...especially on a cold day like this one. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Your table looks so pretty. I love the square plates & the bunny. You did an excellent job on the topper. I see you're talents don't just lie in cooking! :)

  3. Kitty, I enjoy smoked turkey but cannot always find it, at least not freshly made. Soup sounds so good and warming. It is cold and blustery here for the first day of spring. I love love love the colors on this table, your centerpiece, everything. xo

  4. This sounds like my kind of soup Kitty! Love your pretty topper, the bunny fabric is so cute and the flowers are gorgeous! Happy Spring-enjoy:@)

  5. I'm glad you mentioned that Market Street's smoked turkey is good ~ now I will definitely make this! I was thinking of a soup for tomorrow so thanks for making my decision. :) Love the bunny and the topper. You are so talented! Do you do a lot of quilting?

    Glad you went to the Arboretum ~ one of my favorite places to visit!

  6. Hi Kitty,
    I always know I'm going to see something yummy when I visit you. Your chowder looks so good! I love the bunny centerpiece; simply adorable! The dotted green dishes are very pretty and just say Spring is here. Thanks for sharing at my HOME and have a lovely rest of the week.


  7. I am making that this week.. We are having some chilly evenings up here. And I'm off to the store tonight, it sounds wonderful!!! Love your quilted piece. You know I love to see your quilts and quilted pieces. The table looks so spring-like and inviting. Cute dot dishes.... but.... that bunny steals the show!! he's adorable.. Happy spring! xo marlis

  8. Kitty~ I love the spring blooms from the Dallas arboretum~ what a treat! Love your bunny centerpiece! Your soup looks & sounds delicious and perfect for our roller coaster weather here :)

  9. What a pretty table! I remember your bunny from last year...he's a cutie!
    Your machine emb. quilting design looks like it is from the Anita Goodesign CD that I have. Used it many times!

    Thanks for the soup recipe. It looks & sounds delicious. I can't wait to try it.


    p.s. Thanks for the view of Spring!!

  10. Kitty, what a wonderful post! The bunny is adorable! Can't wait to get down to the Arboretum this season!

  11. Wow, look at those gorgeous flowers, turkey soup for the soul!
    Your bunny is adorable, he would have hopped into my basket too!
    The runner is beautiful, you are so talented!
    Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish!

  12. The turkey chowder sounds delicious...for a cold or warm Spring evening. I have the tiny petal bunnies; the large one is darling! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  13. Kitty, I love your table topper! You are so talented! I am hoping the Easter bunny brings us some warm weather and flowers soon. Your bunny is adorable! The beds at Dallas Blooms are gorgeous.

  14. I love that bunny! Beautiful table topper, it really is perfect for Easter. I can't wait for my flowers to start popping up...

  15. Yummy soup and your Easter table is really beautiful. Those flowers are amazing!...Christine

  16. Hi Kitty! Your quilted table topper is adorable! I love it combined with the hydrangea bunny and the polka dot plates, you are ready for Easter!

  17. So cheery! Love the bunny.

    - The Tablescaper

  18. They smoke their own turkeys??!?!?!! Is that legal in your state??!?!?! And how do they get the turkeys rolled up into those little papers?!??!?!?! :-) :-) :-) OK...enough messin' around! I don't think I've ever had turkey chowder, but it sure looks good! I'm on the hunt for lots of different meals to try for Ramon. I don't want him to get burned out on the same-old-same-old. This has all good stuff in it, so I can't go wrong! Your centerpiece is darling! I love those hydrangea bunnies!!! I hope you have a good weekend! Take care!

  19. Your tablescape is very pretty Kitty. I love the sweet floral rabbit and the quilt you made. The chowder looks really good too, especially since it is still a bit chilly here most days. A lot of people only eat turkey for Thanksgiving, but my family eats it year round, so it's nice to find recipes for it. Thanks for sharing yours!

  20. Your bunny centerpiece is ADORABLE, and I absolutely LOVE your beautiful table-topper!... Have a great day! ~tina

  21. I am going to make this for us, my husband loves chowder. I just adore tht bunnies from HG!!


  22. I love the recipe and those pokadot dishes are sooo sweet...and the centerpiece makes the whole table...I will take those flowers for my garden

  23. Kitty, that bunny is the cutest thing! He looks like he's made from hydrangea blossoms -- so fluffy! Your tabletopper is gorgeous -- it adds some wonderful seasonal color!

  24. Kitty:
    I have my printer going right now for this recipe - lovely. I hope you will add me to your links!

  25. I love soup - it is almost my favorite food and I am constantly looking for new recipes. Thanks for sharing this one. Darling bunny centerpiece!

  26. This recipe looks fantastic! I am a vegetarian BUT would definitely try making this with veggie stock and even would serve it to family! Can't wait to try it! I will be hosting tomorrow at - the link is up so please stop by if you can!

  27. Kitty,
    Pretty table..I am so impressed with the quilted topper you made. I seem to plan a lot of sewing projects but hardly ever get around to them.. :-) yours looks great on the table....thank you for visiting me...I hope you come again. I will be back..

  28. Kitty, I am coveting that pretty floral bunny. Your table looks so cheerful with all the pretty pastels. The soup looks delicious. I love cooking in the crock pot. I love coming in the house and smelling food cooking. Oh, those flowers took my breath! laurie

  29. I just am IN LUV with your header and background...:))
    I also love soup, polka dots and little bunnies. In other words, I love this post. :))

  30. First of all, love your quilt. The prints are perfect. Secondly ~ I will be making your recipe this weekend. I have some smoked turkey sausage in the freezer. I am always looking for new soup recipe and this one sounds very yummy!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  31. That bunny is soooo cute!! I am thinking Spring but it sure hasn't sprung here!

  32. Newest follower here! I found you though the blog hop, you have a wonderful blog. I look forward to reading more. You can find me at


  33. Kitty,
    Your bunny looks so cute. I'm ready for Easter and Spring.

  34. I've never cooked with smoked turkey. This soup has such great flavor.

  35. Pretty table. I love that little bunny!

  36. This looks delicious and your decorations are so cheery! Pinning! I've just posted this week's Homemaking Linkup and would love to have you join, if you'd like.

    Mrs. Sarah Coller

  37. Hi Kitty,
    Dallas Blooms is the place to see the most beautiful spring collections. Your Easter table looks so pretty and that Turkey Chowder would just be delicious on this cold day. Hope you'al didn't get any of that hail this morning. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  38. Easter table looks lovely in every aspect...The bunny so cute...Thank you...:):)

  39. The colors of your tablescape are so pretty & perfect for spring & Easter. Your chowder recipe looks delicious! Thank you for sharing!


  40. Love your table dear Kitty, so pretty and that bunny is adorable. I love soup and yours, sounds like a winner. I have had several lava flows. Tonight, we are going on a sunset cruise. Aloha from Hawaii. XO Linda

  41. Hi Kitty,

    I'm so glad you've been doing tablescapes lately, in addition to your wonderful recipes. I enjoy your tables so much! I have to tell you that is one of the cutest rabbits I have EVER seen!! I love Hydrangeas and I love bunnies, so your centerpiece is a win/win for me. :-D You did a beautiful job with your quilted table topper, Kitty; I love the four-leaf clover in the center and the beautiful spring fabrics.

    Your smoked turkey chowder sounds like a recipe I have for chicken chili. This looks yummy and just perfect for our cold and dreary weather. Thanks for sharing, Kitty, and have a wonderful day!

    Denise at Forest Manor

  42. Pretty table! I really like the polka dot plates, and that smoked chicken chowder sounds prefect for today...cold and windy. Yum. Gotta try your recipe.

  43. The soup sounds delicious! and I'm loving the flowers!

  44. I pinned this recipe to try later. I love soup. I make enough for dinner a couple nights in a row.


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