New England Clam 'Chowdah'

Why is it that the colder it gets, the more we want to eat? With winter dragging on, I find myself cooking more than ever. My latest kitchen obsession is the new slow cooker my mother sent me from Massachusetts, and this weekend I had the inkling to make one of my favorite childhood foods, New England Clam Chowder — or as we call it in Massachusetts — clam chowdah!

This classic recipe can be adapted to your preference: fry some bacon, chop, and throw in the pot for a meatier flavor or use fat-free evaporated milk for a more figure-friendly version of the recipe.

New England Clam ‘Chowdah’

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can of corn (12 ounces)
  • 2 cans of clams (16 ounces)
  • 1 bottle of of clam juice (8 ounces)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 can of evaporated milk (12 oz.)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a skillet, saute the onions and celery in the olive oil until juices are released, for about 5  minutes.
  2. Move the vegetables to a slow cooker and add all other ingredients, except the evaporated milk.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Add the evaporated milk during the last hour.
  4. Garnish with plenty of oyster crackers!

How about you ModChefs? What do you cook to remind you of home?


About Sarah

Who would have thought the little girl in the oversized Goofy t-shirt would grow up to become a fashion writer? Definitely not young Sarah; she was too busy daydreaming about becoming a ninja. A native New Englander, Sarah's goal is to one day own a lake or beach house -- she changes her mind daily. She has a mean curveball and once tried out for the Olympics. She loves pretty purses, going to baseball games, and will go to extraordinary lengths for chocolate. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and a Bachelor's Degree in Awesomeness.


5 Responses to New England Clam 'Chowdah'

  1. Kristie 02/23/2010 at 4:02 pm #

    Mmmm. I’m from Massachusetts and Clam Chowdah is my thing. I live in Utah and oh how I’m missing good seafood.

  2. Sophie 02/23/2010 at 4:03 pm #

    Yum! Clam Chowdah is WICKED good! go MA!

  3. Jaclyn J. 02/23/2010 at 4:24 pm #

    new england <3

  4. Jill 02/23/2010 at 4:56 pm #

    Seafood is the #1 best thing about living in New England.

    My favorite cold-weather comfort foods are chicken-pot pie (key ingredient: mashed sweet potatoes in the rue!) and cassoulet (with rib-meat AND bacon… mmm)

  5. Jenny K. 02/24/2010 at 12:08 am #

    Mmmm I’m definitely going to try this recipe out! I’m from the south so when I need a good cup of soup I make homemade chicken noodle, I know it’s simple but something about it reminds me of my grandmother making it for me.
    Great recipe..I can’t wait to try it!

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