The COOK and the BAKER

Seasonal recipe blog from our farm kitchen to yours. Family meals, appetizers, breads, and desserts sprinkled with a touch of culinary exploration from around the world.

New England Clam Chowder

Every fall we find ourselves dreaming of the East Coast beauty & charm. There’s something very special about autumn in Maine. The mild weather, stunning fall beauty, and smell of a fire burning in the fireplace make us daydream of cooking a family dinner in our quaint Cape Cod cottage.

Food has a way of transporting you to another place – we think it’s beautiful. We believe in bringing family & friends together around the table through healthy, farm cooking favorites. Think of it as healthy comfort food; food you’re familiar with – bursting with new flavors and fresh ingredients.

Since we couldn’t make the trip to Maine this season, we decided to bring a little East Coast to the Midwest. This warm and healthy chowder is a comforting classic – perfect for a cozy, autumn evening with family. Interested in those lovely Maine Blueberry Scones? Miranda’s full recipe can be found here!

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We decided to have a little fun with this chowder recipe and used these cute potatoes. You can use any potato of your choice; though we recommend Yukon gold.

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The real secret to amazing clam chowder? Good clams and white wine! 😊

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New England Clam Chowder (Yields: 6 servings)

Prep time: 30 minutes | Cook time: 20-30 minutes

Ingredients

  • Bottle of White Wine
  • 1 1/2 pounds live littleneck clams, scrubbed
  • 1/2 pounds salt pork or bacon, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup clam juice
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 1 1/2 pounds russet or Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Hydrated sun dried tomatoes, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh chopped chives (garnish)
  • Oyster crackers (garnish)

Directions

  1. Bring clams, 1 cup water, and 1 1/2 cups white wine to boil in a large pot over high heat. Cook until clams open, about 8 minutes (discard any that don’t open). Transfer clams to a plate and let cool slightly. Pull meat from shells and roughly chop.
  2. Combine pork and 1/4 cup white wine in a Dutch oven. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until water has evaporated and pork has begun to brown and crisp, (about 8 minutes). Add butter, onion, celery, garlic, and 1/4 cup white wine. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened but not browned, about 4 minutes.
  3. Add clam juice, milk, potatoes, bay leaves, thyme and a pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, (about 15 minutes).
  4. Strain, blend liquids. Return both liquid and strained soup to dutch oven and add heavy cream. Heat until simmering. Add clams and sun dried tomatoes. Season with salt & pepper. Garnish with chives and crackers.

 


Spinach Blueberry Goat Cheese Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette

Salad

  • Fresh spinach, rinsed and dried
  • New England blueberries
  • Diced dried apricots
  • Blueberry goat cheese
  • Slivered almonds
  • Sugar

Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. minced fresh parsley
  • 3/4 tsp. salt

Directions

    1. Toss greens in a large bowl. Add blueberries and dried apricots.
    2. Combine all vinaigrette ingredients in a separate dish and stir.
    3. In a nonstick skillet, toast almonds with a spoonful of sugar over medium heat, until caramelized (about 5 minutes). Be sure not to burn almonds. Once the sugar begins to caramelize, it goes quickly!
    4. Drizzle with sweet vinaigrette and garnish with goat cheese.

Love,

Ben & Miranda

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