I went to the freezer and got out a package of sweet corn I had frozen this summer because I wanted a little of the summer back on this cold dreary day. I opened the fridge and saw milk, heavy cream, cheese and Pancetta. There were four small potatoes in the bin next to the remaining onions we grew. Inspiration!!! Cheesy Pancetta and Corn Chowder with drop biscuits and tomato slices from the garden that I have been keeping in a box to ripen. Yeahhhh, I love my garden. :)
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, saute the pancetta until browned and crisp. Remove with slotted spoon and reserve. Remove all but 1 Tbsp of rendered fat from the pan. (If there is not that much, add a little butter)
In the same pan, saute the onion, carrot, and celery in the fat until translucent. Add potatoes, bay leaf, chicken broth, hot sauce and curry powder. Cook over medium high until potatoes are tender. Reduce heat to medium low. Remove bay leaf. Add corn, milk and cream.
Melt the 2 Tbsp of butter in a small microwaveable bowl, Add flour and stir. Microwave for 30-45 sec to cook out raw flour taste. Stir flour into hot soup mixture quickly to avoid lumps. Let simmer over low heat for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the cheeses and allow to melt. Stir to combine and then adjust seasonings.