Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mr. Hawthorne Makes Clam Chowder.

On a day like today,
what could be better than a bowl of Clam Chowder?
Mr. Hawthorne whipped this up in under thirty minutes.

First he fried up some bacon pieces.

While the bacon was happily sizzling away,
Mr. H. chopped a carrot, a celery stalk, a potato, and ...

... half a large onion.

Add vegetables to pot
and stir occasionally until potatoes get slightly tender.

He has 46-ounce cans of clam juice and chopped clams.
Mr. H. rinsed and drained the clams
and poured remaining juice through cheesecloth
to filter any bits that might be in with the clams.

Add in the clam juice.

A cup of frozen peas.

About 2/3 cup of cream.
Bring to a bare simmer.

Mr. Hawthorne wanted to thicken it a bit
so he made a buerre manié.
Mix equal amounts of unsalted butter and flour,
kneading them together to evenly distribute the flour.
(2 TB each in this case.)
Add pinches at a time, stirring.

Add in clams.
Heat through.
Taste test and season, if needed.

A little freshly cracked pepper is all i need.

You know what I forgot?

 Oyster crackers!
Must have another bowl
and correct this oversight.

 Now, again, I ask you,
what can be better on a day like this than clam chowder?

 That would be snow cream!

 8 cups of snow
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup cream
2 tsp vanilla

 Whup it.

Don't forget homemade chocolate sauce!


zzzadig said...

Pinch of nutmeg, slash of sherry
Kibitz, kibitz.........

Rosie Hawthorne said...

I had the same thought as I was finishing up my second bowl. Not to worry - plenty more where that came from.