Corn is the poster child of the American summer, but Sopa de milho (Brazilian Corn Chowder), is one of the many popular dishes Brazilians savor during the winter when we have our Festas Juninas (translates to something like June parties). These parties are also known as Festas de São João (St. John’s Parties), to highlight the celebration of the birth the Saint John the Baptist, a custom introduced to us by the Portuguese during colonial times. For Catholic Brazilians, this is an opportunity to give thanks to St. John and other Saints, as well as celebrate rural life through food, clothing and music.
Either way, this soup is amazing no matter the time of the year, the season, or the occasion!!! It is sweet, smoky and just extraordinarily fantastic! I hope you love it as much as I do. —Aline Shaw