Corn Chowder

6 slices bacon
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, sliced
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 (17 ounce) can whole kernel corn
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups milk

Cut bacon in 1-inch pieces. Cook in a large saucepan until crisp. Remove bacon. Reserve 2 tablespoons drippings in pan. Add onion and celery. Sauté until onion is tender. Add potatoes, corn and liquid, water, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Combine flour and 1/4 cup milk in a small bowl until smooth. Stir in remaining milk. Pour into corn mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a full boil. Stir and boil 1 minute. Stir in bacon. Heat 5 minutes.

Makes about 6 cups.

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