Does anyone remembers the Department Store - Lazarus, which is now owned by Macy's? I grew up going there and always would have lunch when shopping. They had the best Broccoli Mushroom chowder ever! When I started cooking, I was thrilled to find they finally shared the recipe. The tarragon spice gives it a perfect compliment. It is scrumptious.
Clean and cut broccoli into 1/2 " pieces. Steam the broccoli for 5 minutes in 1/2 C. of boiling water until tender. Do not drain, set aside.
Rinse and slice mushrooms.
Melt butter in a large heavy bottomed pan over medium heat. Add the flour to make a roux. Cook for 2-4 minutes. Add chicken stock stirring with a wire whisk. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Add broccoli, mushrooms, half and half, and spices.