New England Clam Chowder
There are more soup recipes in the Scottish section, but
Id like to put this one in because when we lived in Utah I went through a clam
chowder phase during the cold winters up there (thank goodness were now living in
Phoenix, Arizona) and we spent a lot of time shoveling snow, wrapping up in boots, gloves,
hats, scarves (all the things we no longer have in our wardrobes!) and trying to stay
warm! I especially remember one winter when it was so cold I wouldnt let Stephanie
and Elisabeth go to school (Churchill Jr. High) and we lived right next door to it. We had
two fireplaces in that house, both of them going that winter day, heater blazing, and we
were still cold. However, the kids not being fish people this great recipe became a meal
for one. Hope you enjoy it.
¼lb salt pork, cubed, or bacon substitute
at least 2 chopped onions
2 3 cans of clams, or more if you like
at least 6 diced medium potatoes
5 cups of water
Only a little added salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Cayenne or thyme if you like to spice this up
3 cups evaporated milk
Cornstarch if you need it to thicken up your broth.
Brown your meat in a deep, heavy pot cast iron kettles
are really good. Add onions and cook until nicely browned. Add potatoes to this mix, cover
with the cold water, heat to boiling and simmer until the potatoes are the texture you
Then mix in the clams, seasonings and the milk. Heat to a
nice boil, then simmer until the clams are cooked, and add the cornstarch if you need.
I like mushrooms, so a can of condensed cream of mushroom
soup goes into mine, and sometimes I brown mushrooms up there with the onions.
Im not real fond of the Manhattan style clam chowder,
but this can become that style if you add green pepper and celeries to your onions and if
you use tomato juice or, better still, cream of tomato soup instead of the milk.
Soup is always good on rainy days, especially in Scotland.
The little nursery rhyme (and the illustration is from the out of print Marguerite de
Angeli nursery rhyme book) was a favorite of mine and taught to all seven of the kids, and
my grandchildren, too.
Doctor Foster went to Gloucester
In a shower of rain.
He stepped in a puddle,
Right up to his middle,
And never went there again!
When I sent the original recipe book to Elisabeth in Florida
for Christmas, 1999, she made a fun project out of having her little boy, Jobe, color the
pictures and add some of his art work to the recipes. What a good idea. Dr. Foster
wasnt in the original book, but I think this is fun one for the kids. Hope you