Hi everybody! How was your week? You made it! Happy weekend! I have been crafting like crazy, getting ready for the Pender Island Christmas craft fair next weekend. Just today I started making all of the candy I'll be selling there. I have the filling done for the peppermint patties, some hazelnut praline made (for truffles), and a batch of marbled halva ready to slice! I think I'll have to break into the chocolate tomorrow! So, now that we've discussed dessert, which should always come first, how about some real food?
Here's another Grandpa recipe for you! In case you hadn't figured it out yet, my grandpa is a pretty cool guy! I loved growing up with delicious food all around! Now, I am really enjoying trying all of his recipes myself. This is a good one, so be prepared to bolt for you kitchen as soon as you're done reading!
Grandpa Dave's Clam Chowder
5-6 small slices of ham, if desired (I didn't use any)
3 med. red potatoes (I used 6 tiny yukon golds)
1 bottle clam juice
2-4 cans clams (I only used 2, but do what you like)
1/2 cup white wine
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp tabasco
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
dash of pepper
1 tsp dried thyme
2 cups half and half
2 Tbsp butter
1 carrot, sliced very thin
1 stalk celery, sliced very thin (I would have used this, but I didn't have any!)
3 large cloves garlic, minced
-Saute vegetables in butter until soft.
-Add potatoes and clam juice
-Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer until potatoes are tender. About 15 minutes. Have some wine while you wait!
-Stir in bay leaf, tabasco, pepper, worcestershire, thyme, cream and ham.
-Stir in clams and their juices shortly before serving. Just long enough to heat them through, but not make them tough.
This freezes well!
I decided that it wasn't quite as thick as I like, so at the very end I stirred in a bit of roux. Not really the way it should be done, but it worked! I used about 2 Tbsp flour, and made a paste of it with some olive oil, then brought it all to a boil quickly.
Perfect clam chowder! YUM! Just right for a cool evening. Enjoy!
Question of the day: What is your favorite cool weather comfort food?