Friday, January 16, 2009

Christmas Eve Clam Chowder

For my mama...
If you'd like a picture of the cookie trees we made, I have plenty. I didn't get one of the chowder.
This recipe originally came from my old backyard neighbor, Norma Nichols, who designed the CTR shield (yes, the very one) and whose house my sister now resides in.

Christmas Eve Clam Chowder
2 Stalks celery, sliced
1 onion, diced
2 large potatoes, cubed
2 cans chopped clams
3/4 c. butter
3/4 c. flour
1 qt. half and half
1 1/2 t. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
dash pepper
1 T. lemon juice (opt.)

Place onion, celery and potatoes in a large pot. Add the juice from the clams and enough water to barely cover. Cook until potatoes are just tender. In a mixing bowl, melt butter and stir in flour to make a roux. Add spices and enough half and half to make it smooth. Slowly stir into veggies and cook on medium until thick. Add clams and lemon juice, heat through.

Suggestions are as follows: I can't stand how clams chew and chew and never go away, so I use one can of minced and one can of chopped. Lemon juice is optional, but makes all the difference, so not really.


Lynnell Fulkerson said...

Nummy nummy. That's interesting that you got the recipe from Norma. I have a green and white cross-stitched on plastic canvas CTR sign that Norma made. Ryn just came across a picture of newly wed Norma and her hubby standing in front of the house. The true miracle here is that she did not throw the picture away :)
???berstiod??? That is the word verification in order for me to post this.

Heather said...

Your mom is funny. I was just reading her comment. Anyway I tagged you on my blog so have fun. Also, your clam chowder looks delicous I just don't like rubbery clams. Maybe I can make it with something else???

choncer that is my word. Huh?