Buttery Homemade Croutons
Cut bacon into tiny little strips (like lardons). In a heavy soup pot, slowly sauté the chopped bacon, Red Onion, Celery and minced Garlic cloves in the olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add the flour, stirring for 2 minutes. Slowly add the warm chicken stock while stirring to combine. Add the fresh Thyme, heavy cream and diced Potatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes or so until the Potatoes are cooked and the soup begins to thicken. Add the Corn kernels from 6 ears of just-blanched Corn cobs and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes to meld flavors. Remove Thyme sprigs.
Buttery Homemade Croutons: melt butter in a skillet and toss in the sour dough bread cubes, stirring for 3 minutes to toast lightly. Remove from the heat, stir in the chopped Parsley to lightly coat the croutons. Serve soup steaming hot with floating croutons. Serves a lot.