While the weather in NYC this weekend was not your average January temperatures (it was 57 degrees on Saturday), my boyfriend and I were still in the mood to cook a hearty winter soup. This past fall some friends invited us to participate in a "Chowder Off", where each team made their own chowder recipe. While our Cheeseburger Chowder was quite tasty, my favorite chowder from the day was a Chorizo Seafood Chowder. The lovely chefs (who happened to me my roommates and one of their boyfriends) used Emeril's Chowder of Love Recipe (found here) as their base and modified a few ingredients. This included substituting chorizo for the bacon and adding in fresh shrimp. We decided to recreate this recipe on our own and went to Essex Street Market to get the freshest ingredients. While we excluded the shrimp in our version, we did find a great spicy chorizo that really gave the chowder some kick. Additionally, we cut almost the entire recipe in half (excluding the veggies) and it still made about 5 hearty servings.