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Friday, December 19, 2008

Clam Chowder

I don't like fish. As a kid, I would have said I hated it. I still mostly prefer fish sticks over anything else. I've expanded my fish eating tendencies, but just a bit. I would probably die in Poland at Christmas time (not really, but I'd definitely not enjoy the food.) Other than fish sticks, and sometimes certain salmon dishes, I only like clam chowder. My parents would take us to this fancy (not really, but we thought so as kids) restaurant and they'd order fish and us kids would get clam chowder. I loved it. I still love it. I don't really love the chewy rubberness of the clams, but I try not to think about that.

The following is a combo of my mom's Aunt Thurma* and my brother-in-law's yummy clam chowder recipes:

Clam Chowder


1 cup onion, finely chopped

1 cup celery, finely diced

2 cups potatoes, finely diced

1 cup carrots, finely diced

2 cans (6.5 oz. each) clams, undrained

¾ cup butter

¾ cup flour

1 quart half and half

**1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper


Combine vegetables in small saucepan. Drain clams; pour juice over veggies; add enough water to barely cover. Cook, covered until tender – about 15 minutes. In meantime, melt butter in large heavy saucepan. Stir in flour until blended and bubbly. Remove from heat; stir in cream until smooth and blended. Return to heat; cook and stir with wire whisk until thick and smooth. Add undrained veggies and clams; heat through. Season with salt and pepper.

*My only memory of my Great Aunt Thurma is when she visited my house when I was 6 or 7, right before my grandma and grandpa died and she would read and read all of my Care Bear books to me.

**Because my mom is pretty sure my great aunt used more heavy whipping cream in her recipe than my brother-in-law does. It was the olden days, people were less health conscious.


wendys said...

We are having salmon for Christmas dinner because we don't do turkey or ham! So maybe it's kind of polish? I think I would like that clam chowder recipe (but minus the clam!)

Erin said...

That sounds delicious. I know others who have a clam chowder tradition at Christmas. Is that common?

Nance said...

Erin- I don't know. We don't do it as a tradition, although it does seem like I've heard that before. My family's tradition is tamales for Christmas Eve dinner (just adopting the local, southern California customs, I guess) and Jed's adopted his brother in law's families, which is Chinese food on Christmas Eve.

Erin said...

Do you make tamales from scratch? I love tamales, but they seem hard to make. I don't my kids would love them though. I would really like that tradition.

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