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Clam Chowder

In University, I had a friend who would always buy those 2 minute ready-made soups and his soup of choice was New England Clam Chowder. He used to eat them CONSTANTLY and I thought it was the grossest thing in existence and would actually gag at the smell of it. So when Brad and I first started dating and he had said he liked Clam Chowder, I was repulsed. But, for love, I made it one night and was gosh dang shocked at how good it was. So Jake- I’m sorry I thought you were gross, I was wrong and I hope you make this recipe so you never have to eat the 2-minute microwave version again. You’ll notice I don’t have celery in this recipe because it’s the worst, but please feel free to change the recipe to best suit your needs. Lord knows I put about double the amount of corn in that any normal person would. So here it is. Dundas Clam Chowder.


2 can minced clams

2 potatoes (cubed)

1 onion (diced)

1 carrot (diced)

1 can corn

2 cups half and half or milk

¼ cup all purpose flour

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

6 slices of bacon


Dice bacon and cook until desired crispiness. Remove with a slotted spoon, leaving the bacon grease behind.

In the meantime, drain juice from clams into a large skillet over the onions, corn, potatoes and carrots. Add water to cover and cook over medium heat until tender.

Once the vegetables are almost cooked through, in the bacon grease pan, melt a tablespoon of butter and whisk in the flour until smooth. Slowly whisk in the cream and stir constantly until thick and smooth. Stir in the vegetables and their juices and mix until combined and heated through. You don't want everything to cook any more, you just want to make sure it's up to temperature and fully combined.

Turn off the heat, stir in the clams and vinegar and season with salt and pepper. The first time I ever taste this recipe is after I add the vinegar in. It completely changes the flavour. I also don't salt this recipe until the very end, because the clam juice and bacon add enough salt and you won't know the full salt picture until the end when everything is combined.

Top with bacon and serve.


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