When I went to Trader Joe’s tonight, I wasn’t particularly in the mood for corn chowder, but when I came face to face with a towering display of these little cans, I found myself instinctively reaching for one — and for a very simple reason: its bulbous midriff. Had the corn chowder been packaged in merely plain old cans, I would have gone my merry way. But these soups were in miniature kettles!!! Or rather, miniature kettle-type cans. I don’t know if kettles play a prominent role in the world of chowders, but I knew one thing: I HAD TO HAVE ONE.
Sadly, packaging masked a mediocre product. The chowder wasn’t that bad, but it was just entirely too salty, almost like a chicken broth, minus the chicken. Some black pepper helped matters out, but overall, I’m not sure I’d buy this product again.
And for no other reason than I was bored/procrastinating, some bonus pics of my dinner after the jump…

I decided to make an old standard: Roasted Chicken with Smokey Orange Sauce. Everything went fine except I forgot to buy aluminum foil, so I found myself with quite the besmirched roasting pan (courtesy of the orange marmalade in the sauce).

It looks worse than it is.

The chicken was perfectly juicy, if I do say so myself. A bit salty though, but that’s because I accidentally used kosher chicken. OY!