Deglaze the pan with vegetable broth (bring the broth to a boil and scrape the yummy brown bits off the bottom). Add this and the rest of the broth to the crock pot.
OK, this is the first time I ever made or ate a chowder (there aren't too many commercial vegetarian chowders out there), so I chopped the potatoes a little big, you really are supposed to chop these into pieces abour 1/2" big so basically bite size or a little smaller.
Add the potatoes to the crock pot, cover and cook on low for about 8 hours on low.
1 hour before serving, add corn, thyme and milk to crock pot, add salt and pepper to taste (I added this to my bowl instead of the crock, I try not to uses salt & pepper in cooking) and cook on high for said 1 hour.
Here's my dinner.
Verdict: Yummy, buttery taste the first night, the spice comes through a bit more as it sits, good as leftovers too. Oh, and this is supposed to serve 6, but I really think it would serve more than that, I had a ton leftover.
I would definitely recommend this soup!