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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Clam Chowder

Have I mentioned that it's been a little chilly where I live???  It was actually in the 40's this morning.  In Texas!  In October!!  That's about 20 degrees lower than normal... and I'm loving every bit of it!!  "Chilly" is cozy weather.  And there's nothing cozier, food-wise anyways, than a bowl of hot, thick clam chowder.  It's a recipe I got from my Aunt Joanie many years ago, and it's rich and delicious, making me happy every time I eat it!

It was also a perfect day to make bread.  So I made a boule, thinly sliced a couple of pieces, and toasted them to have with my soup.  The perfect go-with.

Hearty and delicious soup and homemade bread.  NOW I feel cozy!

Clam Chowder

2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup thinly sliced leeks
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup diced celery
3 tablespoons flour
2 cans clams, reserve broth
1 cup milk
1 cup cream
1/2 cup diced potatoes
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
3 drops Tabasco sauce
dash black ground pepper

Heat butter in 4 quart pot.  Saute leeks, onion, and celery 6 to 8 minutes.  Add flour to mixture and cook 2 minutes.

Add enough water to reserved broth to make 2 cups of combined liquid. Add to vegetable mixture.

Scald milk and cream.  Add to soup, and stir in potatoes, Worcestershire, salt, thyme, Tabasco, and pepper.  Bring to boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 25 to 40 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.  Add clams, cooking an additional 5 minutes.  Serve.

Note:  This soup freezes well.

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NMOS said...

Looks delicious. I just had that yesterday on the waterfront/pier here in Seattle. I love the classic New England chowder. You should also try salmon chowder.

Linda said...

Looks really wonderful Lori!
Great for a chilly day!

Cathy said...

This is my all time favorite soup, so warming on a cold winter day. You've made it just the way I like it too. The touch of Tabasco makes it perfect.

Thibeault's Table said...

Lori, your clam chowder looks warm and inviting. I'm imagining just how creamy and delicious it is.

theUngourmet said...

It's been pretty chilly here as well. Your chowder would sure hit the spot right about now!

The Fajdich Times said...

Your chowder looks perfect. Great pictures as well:)

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

That looks divine Lori!

We adore clam chowder, and with homemade bread ~ it's a perfect meal.

I'm so happy you are enjoying the cooler weather, it must be so nice for a change.

Have a lovely weekend! xo

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