We will be celebrating the First Sunday of Advent on November 30. Some friends will gather with us at our home, have a small Advent service and eat a meal together. Everyone will most likely bring some dish to share, and I am planning on making my favorite recipe for New England Clam Chowder. (In case you missed it last week, you can find a list of my favorite Advent resources HERE.)
In the weeks to follow, I'll be posting a few of my favorite Christmas recipes. These will be repeats for those of you who have read this blog for a while, but I tend to
My mom's Christmas dishes
New England Clam Chowder Recipe, my version:
10 slices of hickory-smoked bacon, fried crisp, broken into tiny pieces
4 small potatoes, skin on, diced
3 small carrots, diced
4 ribs of celery, minced
1 med. onion, minced
1 Carmen red pepper or red bell pepper (sweet), diced
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
3-4 cans of clams. Do not drain. If minced, use as is. If chopt, run through food processor first. This is simply a preference. I don't like big, rubbery hunks of clam. Ew!!!Also, I prefer Gorton's brand.
2 quarts of whole milk
3/4 c. flour
1 bay leaf, broken in pieces
1-2 t. thyme (I used 2 t.)
sea salt to taste
Open 3-4 cans of clams, pour all (incl. juice) into saucepan. Add potatoes and carrots and cook til they are just tender, not mushy.
In a skillet, saute celery, onion, peppers in a couple T. butter until tender.
In a separate bowl, whisk flour into a couple cups of the milk. Add remaining milk little by little, whisking as you add so there are no lumps.
Pour all (including the liquid from the potato/carrots/clams) into my large Martha Stewart stainless steel pot which doesn't let anything stick on the bottom. Heat on Low, stirring. Add seasonings.
Bring to near boil, but DON'T BOIL. At this point, you can then cool the chowder and keep refrigerated overnight OR (if you're going to eat in a couple hours,) let sit covered, then bring back to temperature and serve.
A great accompaniment to my clam chowder: popovers (an old post, but the recipe is still good).
Misty, Christmas 2003
I'm thinking that today might be a good time to get the Christmas tree that will go on the front porch. I like to get a tall balsam. Maybe we'll get another very small, tabletop tree to put in the house. Do you get a large tree? small tree? When do you put up your Christmas tree? What kind of tree do you prefer? Did you eat too much Thanksgiving dinner yesterday?
Front Porch Christmas Tree, December 2013
Check out my handcrafted, vegan soaps
Buy any 5 or more, Get 1 FREE
Natural, Vegan, Handcrafted
lthough I usually forget to do it, there is a chance that this post will be linked to one or more of these great linky parties: Amaze Me Monday and Inspiration Monday and Mosaic Monday and The Barn Collective and Treasure Box Tuesday and Vintage Bliss Tuesday and KatheWithAnE and Rubbish Tuesday and Our World Tuesday and Tuesdays at our Home and Tuesday with a Twist and Knick of Time Tuesday (vintage) and Tweak it Tuesday and Vintage Inspiration Wednesday and Ivy and Elephants Wednesday and Adorned From Above and Artsy Corner Thursday and All Things With Purpose and Home & Garden Thursday and Good Fences on Thursdays and Time Travel Thursday and Freedom Fridays and Vintage Inspiration Friday and Saturday's Critters