I've never made clam chowder in my life, until this week. We had it at the birthday party we were at with our dear friends Carroll and Martha and family (Carroll turned 70), and after tasting Mrs. Martha's chowder, decided to try it.
I sprang for the good stuff at Publix. Bar Harbor brand - bottled right there in Maine. Notice the top of the bottle - had to go find a bottle opener to get into it. Been a long time since I saw one of those.
Bottle of clam juice and can of clams simmering together.
And the completed soup simmering for awhile. It's very good.
And if you are interested, here is Mrs. Martha's clam chowder recipe:
2 CANS (6-I/2 OUNCES EAC H) CHOPPED CLAMS
2 CANS CLAM JUICE ( BOTTLES )
1 CUP WATER
1 CUP DICED CELERY
1/2 CUP DICED ONIONS
2 CUPS POTATOES DICED
SIMMER CLAMS, JUICE AND VEGETABLES TOGETHER FOR 30 MINS
1 QUART HALF AND HALF (CREAM)
1/2 CUP FLOUR
1/2 CUP BUTTER
1 TEASPOON THYME
MAKE AS WHITE SAUCE. ADD 1 TABLESPOON ACCENT, SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE. MIX WITH THE CLAM MIXTURE AND SIMMER ON LOW HEAT FOR 45 MINS. STIR OFTEN.