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Recreated New England Clam Chowder

Discussion in 'Foods of the Civil War' started by donna, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. donna

    donna Brev. Brig. Gen'l Forum Host

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    Here is a clam chowder recipe from "Early American Recipes" a collection of New England Family-Favorites By Heloise Frost.

    New England Clam Chowder

    Ingredients:

    3-inch piece of salt prk
    2 medium onions, sliced
    2 cups potatoes, diced
    salt
    pepper
    1 quart shucked claims or 24 shucked quahogs
    1 quart whole milk
    1 cup cream or evaorated milk

    Preparation:

    Fry out the salt pork. Drain the crisp scraps on paper, using the fat to cook the onions until tender. Add the potatoes, salt and pepper, and any liquor strained from the clams. Add just enough water to cover and cook while you prepare the clams.

    Clip off the tip of the black neck. Pinch off soft black portion of the stomach. Chop the remainder rather coursely, then add to the chowder and cook gently until the potatoes are done.

    Add the milk and cream and set aside to ripen. Any chowder needs to stand to have the best flavor.

    Reheat before serving and thicken with 1 tablespoon flour in 1/4 cup milk or pour over a few common crackers soaked in milk.

    The author, Heloise Frost comes from a family of native New Englanders, dating back to Elder Edmund Frost (1632) and Governor Winslow. Thus the recipes are traditional New England food deeply rooted.
     

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  3. diane

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    Oh, that is my favorite! It's been a long time since I had real clam chowder. Anything in a can ain't worth it! Going to make this one for sure - we'll go to the coast and get the clams, too.
     
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    donna Brev. Brig. Gen'l Forum Host

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    There is nothing like good clam chowder. My Aunt made it the best. She lived in Queens, New York. diane, As you say, the can soup is not very good.
     
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    MMM, MMMMM looks like another winner. Thanks for posting, Donna.
     
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    donna Brev. Brig. Gen'l Forum Host

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    With all the frigid temperatures, thought I bring up this delicious Clam Chowder recipe. A good hearty soup like this, can be perfect for these cold days.
     
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    You did it again.

    New England Clam Chowder is me favorite too. Real chowder at it best.
    Can chowder....so..so. Red Lobster chowder comes close.
     
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    Made it. It's good but the I'll thicken the leftover and I will add corn to it. (And I put in too much salt pork and not enough clams.)
     
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    Thicker is good, but if you add corn it's no longer New England clam chowdah!
    The recipe needs more potatoes, too.
     
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    I got something to make for dinner tomorrow night.....cool.

    One question though, not being that familiar with cleaning clams (more of a fish guy myself). That thing about pinching off the black portion of the stomach, what exactly does the stomach of a clam look like?

    sorry for sounding like a noob there.....
     
  11. donna

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    Today, Jan. 21 is National Clam Chowder Day, so bringing this recipe back up.
     
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    with some nice clam cakes to go along with it..
     
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    donna Brev. Brig. Gen'l Forum Host

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    It is again National New England Clam Chowder Day (Jan. 21). It is cold with snow on the ground here in Ky. and a perfect day for clam chowder.
     
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    Just the thing for the snowy cold weather!!!! Warms up from the inside out. And delicious, too!
     
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    With snow on the ground don't you wish you back in florida.48° this morning.
     
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    Jealous of your temperate weather! We are expecting a very large snow storm starting tomorrow and on into Sunday.
     
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    Saturday we are expecting another hard freeze like Monday when it reached 26°.
     
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    Snow on the ground here and more expected for tonight. A bowl of clam chowder would be just the thing.
     
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    You are invited, TinCan. Making a batch tomorrow or saturday.

    Just have to get to the store for some of the ingredients.
     
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    donna Brev. Brig. Gen'l Forum Host

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    Ole can I come too?
     
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    What do New Englanders use for bread with authentic clam chowder? Fry bread is good, that I know! :D Just wondered if there was something traditional?
     

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