Eating My Way Through the Alphabet; Letter C

What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Appetizers to Desserts: Chunky Clam Chowder! As the days grow shorter, take the damp chill off with a bowl of warm, creamy clam chowder. This made-from-scratch one-pot meal can be served now or later. The longer it sits, the more savory it becomes. Turn a simple classic into a filling favorite. 

2 red potatoes, peeled and diced

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 teaspoon sea salt 

1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper 

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons onion, diced

1 1/2 cups water

1 stalk celery, chopped

10-ounce can fancy whole baby clams in juice

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup instant potatoes 

1 teaspoon dill (optional)

Green onion snips

In a 2-quart pan over medium-high heat, combine water, potatoes, butter, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, onion, and celery. Cook 20 minutes until tender. Add clams in juice and heavy cream. Bring to low boil, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes. Slowly add instant potatoes and mix well. Reduce heat to low. Stir to thicken. Add dill to blend. Ladle into cups or bowls. Garnish with green onion snips. 

Dining Outside the Home: Point Loma Seafoods in San Diego, California 

Dining Outside the Home: Point Loma Seafoods San Diego, California! Quality fish and other creatures of the sea are caught straight from the boat, directly bought from local fishermen, and sold at the market the same day. It doesn’t get any fresher than that. What began as a family business of simply processing and selling sport-caught fish over 50 years ago, turned into a place to gather and nibble on the salt-water delicacies prepared with secret recipes. From flaky crab cakes and shrimp cocktail to breaded clam strips, seared ahi, and smoked salmon on bakery fresh sourdough bread, the selection is overwhelming. What a unique experience for the heartiest eaters. 

Dining Outside the Home: Petey’s Seafood by the Seashore¬†

Just north of the Hamptons on the Eastern Seaboard is a small community called Rye, where lobster is plentiful and people drive there to eat seafood. Yes, please. We indulged ourselves in a monstrous lobster roll, broiled lobster on a stick, crispy fried clams, and chunky clam chowder. Thank you, Leah, for the exceptional service!