In the last year or so, it has become apparent that Clayton can't eat dairy like he used to.  We don't have to cut it out completely, but I am trying to cut back on it.  Once I realized it wasn't as simple as not cooking with cheese, I started doing more research.  This was inspired by a recipe I found in the book Cooking for Isaiah, by Silvana Nardone.  I didn't have all the same ingredients, so I had to improvise a bit.  All the same, I'm grateful to Silvana for even suggesting that something as creamy and comforting as corn chowder could still be enjoyed in a dairy-free household.