So Sorry New England, Clam Chowder

New England v. Giants is one of my favorite match ups. Wait, let me revise. New England v. Giants is the only match up that piques my interest. I have no real allegiance to either team, but my Poppop, the only person in my family who cared a bit about pro sports, was a Giants fan, so I like them in his memory. But I'm from New England so I care an iota about them too, mostly because I have close friends who care, and who doesn't like to see their friends to be happy?

So I watched the Superbowl with S and a Giants-fan friend of his and ate guacamole to excess. During the game there was a little sharing going on at which point it was revealed that a certain member of S's family, who will remain nameless since it's unclear if I'm laughing at or with him, used to run off to his room in tears whenever the Redskins lost. At first wondered if at some point the Redskins ever won games, and then the Giants fan in the room said that his mood for the entire week used to be based on whether the Giants won. And then I was all "OMG baby M shield your ears and eyes, these men are nuts! Let's go play with sticks and jump in puddles like mom used to do for hours and hours on Sundays." Then Madonna came on and I was like, now THIS is a show I can watch. Thank you, Madonna, for showing that the black turtleneck can be sexy. Anyway, I have no idea where I was going with all of this except Madonna is still amazing, I still love Like a Prayer, grown men crying over pro sports is absurd and Giselle is kind of a twit.

I'd be sad for either losing team; the coverage of Bob Kraft's reaction to the loss kind of pulled at my heart a little since he's had such a tough year. I'm a sucker for old guys with gray hair, see Poppop above. So in honor of New England and to show our love for home despite their loss, we made New England clam chowder last night. Yum.
I used to dig my own clams for chowder, but since we live in the city now we had to settle for canned clams and wouldn't you know, they taste the same. Score one for the city dwellers among us. Or the landlocked.

Clam Chowder

2 onions, chopped
1 package center-cut bacon
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut to small cubes
12 cans clams, juice reserved (we used a mix of chopped and whole)
1 quart fat free half and half
salt & ground pepper

1. In a large stockpot or dutch oven (use one that has a cover) cook bacon until very crisp, but not burnt

2. Place bacon on a paper towel and set aside and drain all but a few tablespoons of the bacon fat from the pan

3. Add chopped onions to the pot, stir to coat with the drippings, cover and sweat on medium low heat, stirring frequently until onions are translucent. Do not brown the onions

4. Add potatoes to the onions, cook on medium low, covered for 5 minutes, stirring frequently

5. Add clams and enough juice to just cover the potatoes, reserve any remaining juice. Cook on low heat for 20 minutes, until potatoes are soft

6. Add half and half, turn heat to low and cook just until warm. Do not boil

7. Crumble the cooled bacon and add to the chowder

8. Add pepper and reserved clam juice to taste - the juice can be used to add salty flavor, but don't add so much as to water down the chowder

serve warm with blueberry muffins, the Maine way!

Chowder is always best the second day, so allow the pot to cool and refrigerate. Reheat slowly on medium low heat, stirring frequently, being careful not to boil

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  1. Hmmm, chowder with blueberry muffins...I've never heard of that, but I will definitely try it next time!

  2. Of course I would stumble across your blog as I'm starving! Looks deeeeevine!!


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