Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Heat of the Oven

“Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…

it’s about learning how to dance in the rain!” –Vivian Greene

It is a cold raw day in Maine today, I finished farm chores with a chill. I got the back of my neck wet shoveling manure,and could not shake the chill after that.
Once in the house, I shut some windows, lit a couple candles, and popped a corn bread in the oven . I always prefer to turn on the oven rather than the heat.
On the Menu for dinner was, french bread pizza's I added a quick homemade chowder.
Nothing warms from the inside,like a steaming bowl of Clam Chowder!

New England Clam Chowder Recipe - EASY!

2-3 small cans of minced clams (this is a pantry staple)
1 cup finely chopped celery
1 cup finely chopped onions
2 cups chopped potatoes (garden fresh, no need to peal)
Corn from 2 ear or a small can
Drain the juices from the clams into a big pot and add just enough liquid to barely cover all vegetable. The liquid can be all water, I added 3 jars clam juice.(reserve clams) Cover and simmer for approximately 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
While your vegetables are simmering, you will make a white sauce...
Basic White Sauce 3/4 cup margarine or butter
3/4 cup flour 1/2 tsp. sugar (optional)
1quart half and half
1-1/2 tsp salt pepper to taste (If you are fussy, you can use white pepper)
Melt butter in sauce pan. Whisk in the flour.... and then add all of the half and half. You will continually stir this at a medium heat, until it thickens. (Please be patient with your white sauce, and don't turn the heat up, too high.)
Add the White Sauce to the cooked vegetables - add clams and stir to eat!


PS. Non horse people wont understand this, but can I just say even wet a Belgian is a Great Hugger!

1 comment:

goatldi said...

Good grief woman! A wet critter is a good hug despite what species. If all the humans in our lives accepted us for what our critters do , well, life would be perfect, no?