One of America’s Favorites – Steamed Clams

August 22, 2022 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Steamed clams

Steamed clams is a seafood dish consisting of clams cooked by steaming.

In the United States, steamed clams are usually made with small soft-shell clams (Mya arenaria) called steamers, and sometimes with other shellfish harvested and served along the East Coast and in New England.

Hard shell clams, sometimes known as quahogs, can also be steamed. They are categorized by size— the smaller ones are called littlenecks, medium-sized ones topnecks, the larger ones cherrystones, and the largest are simply called quahogs.

The clams used for steaming are usually cooked live. If in a hard shell, the clam should be closed when purchased and should open after being cooked. Soft shell clams are open slightly (agape) while alive. Larger chowder clams are not typically used for steaming.

There are many dishes based on steamed clams. In China, steamed clams can be served with eggs. In Thailand, steamed clams are served with lemongrass, ginger, or herbs. In France, they are often cooked with white wine, onion, garlic, shallots, and butter. Steamed clams are also eaten in Japan (oosari are large steamed clams).

The New England clam bake is a traditional preparation that includes clams layered with other ingredients such as corn, lobster, mussels, crabs, potatoes, and onions in a metal bucket. The layers are separated by seaweed and steamed over a fire outdoors and served family style as at a picnic.

Dish of steamers in Gloucester, Massachusetts

Live clams are rinsed carefully to remove sand and grit and then cooked in a large kettle of water with salt added. Lemon juice, beer, garlic, shallots, parsley, and wine are sometimes used.

They are served with the cooking broth and melted butter. The clam is given a few quick dips in broth to remove any lingering sand before being dipped in melted butter and eaten. Steamers can be held by the siphon or “neck” when eaten. The covering of black skin is pulled away and removed as the clams are ingested.

Steamers are praised by many chefs, for instance Jacques Pépin: “Plentiful and inexpensive during the summer, especially in the Northeast, steamers are one of the great treats of the season.” They are found in shallow waters from the Arctic Ocean to North Carolina, and have been found in Florida and Europe. They can be dug up by amateur clam diggers. Steamers have been transplanted to the West Coast and are available from San Francisco to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They are sold in tanks and can also be shipped directly to consumers, but their shells sometimes get cracked.

Healthy Soup Recipes

September 15, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Healthy Soup Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Soup Recipes with recipes including Southwestern Vegetable and Chicken Soup, Butternut Squash Soup with Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, and Loaded Baked Potato Soup. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Soup Recipes
Find healthy, delicious soup recipes including chicken soup, chowder, gumbo and vegetable soup. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Southwestern Vegetable and Chicken Soup
Who wouldn’t want to eat their vegetables when they’re tucked into a fragrant broth with bits of tasty chicken and spiked with a shot of fresh lime and cilantro? This healthy chicken vegetable soup seems even richer with the smoky flavor from roasted poblano peppers and garlic. Serve this healthy chicken soup recipe with tortilla chips…………..

Butternut Squash Soup with Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Layering apple slices into grilled cheese sandwiches adds a little crunch to a favorite soup dipper. And creamy butternut squash soup with ginger, cumin and turmeric is a nice change of pace from grilled cheese’s usual tomato soup partner. Serve the duo for a comforting and easy weeknight dinner for the family. The soup keeps well in the fridge, so save leftovers for lunch or dinner later in the week……………

Loaded Baked Potato Soup
This healthy loaded baked potato soup recipe is inspired by the comforting flavor of fully loaded baked potatoes with bacon, Cheddar, sour cream and chives. To make a vegetarian version of this potato soup, omit the bacon and use “no-chicken” broth. Serve it with a green salad and crusty bread to clean up the bowl………..

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Healthy Fall Comfort Food Recipes

September 11, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Healthy Fall Comfort Food Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Fall Comfort Food Recipes with recipes including Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili, Classic Lasagna, and New England Clam Chowder. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Fall Comfort Food Recipes
Find healthy, delicious fall comfort food recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili
Make a double batch of this quick vegetarian chili, full of black beans and sweet potatoes, and eat it for lunch the next day or freeze the extras for another night. We love the smoky heat from the ground chipotle, but omit it if you prefer a mild chili. Serve with tortilla chips or cornbread and coleslaw………..

Classic Lasagna
Here’s an old-fashioned meat-and-cheese lasagna made lighter. Whole-wheat lasagna noodles taste great in this recipe, plus they help boost the fiber to 9 grams, which is more than a third of the recommended daily intake and especially good news for a healthy heart………..

New England Clam Chowder
Chopped clams, aromatic vegetables and creamy potatoes blended with low-fat milk and just a half cup of cream gives this chunky New England-style clam chowder plenty of rich body. Serve with oyster crackers and a tossed salad to make it a meal………..

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Diabetic Dish of the Week – New England Clam Chowder

December 8, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is New England Clam Chowder. To make this week’s Dish you’ll be needing Whole Baby Clams, Baking Potato, Onion, Skimmed Milk, White Pepper, Dried Thyme, and Reduced Fat Margarine. This version of New England Clam Chowder is only 204 calories and 29 carbs per serving! The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

New England Clam Chowder
Jam-packed with clams, this classic seafood dish is sure to warm you up! With just seven ingredients and less than 30 minutes of preparation time, it’s the perfect dish for cozying up by the

fireside.
Yield: 2 servings
Serving size: 1 bowl chowder (1/2 of total recipe)

Ingredients
1 can (5 ounces) whole baby clams, undrained
1 baking potato, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2/3 cup evaporated skimmed milk
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon reduced-fat margarine

Directions
1 – Drain clams, reserving juice. Add enough water to reserved juice to measure 2/3 cup. Combine clam juice mixture, potato, and onion in large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat and simmer 8 minutes or until potato is tender.

2 – Add milk, pepper, and thyme to saucepan. Increase heat to medium-high. Cook and stir 2 minutes. Add margarine. Cook 5 minutes or until soup thickens, stirring occasionally.

3 – Add clams; cook and stir 5 minutes or until clams are firm.

Yield: 2 servings. Serving size: 1 bowl chowder (1/2 of total recipe).

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 204 calories, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Protein: 14 g, Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 47 mg, Sodium: 205 mg, Fiber: 1 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/new-england-clam-chowder/

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It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday – Jalapeño Sweet Potato and Chicken Chowder

June 27, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, It's Chili Soups or Stews Saturday | 1 Comment
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This week’s It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday is a recipe for Jalapeño Sweet Potato and Chicken Chowder. To make this delicious Chowder you’ll need Sweet Potatoes, Onion, Vegetable Broth, Chicken, Whole Kernel Corn, Jalapeños, Heavy Cream, Green Onions, and Seasonings. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Jalapeño Sweet Potato and Chicken Chowder

Recipe Ingredients:
2 large sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil
1 small onion, 1/4-inch diced
Up to 1 quart vegetable broth, chicken stock or water
2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
1 1/2 cups whole kernel corn (fresh or frozen)
2 teaspoons jalapeños, minced (or more to taste)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon salt
Chopped green onions for garnish

Cooking Directions:
1 – Bake sweet potatoes at 350°F (175°C) until softened. Scoop out flesh; discard skin. Purée (or mash) sweet potatoes.
2 – In a soup pot, sauté onion in butter until softened. Add puréed sweet potato and desired amount of chicken stock. Bring to a boil, reducing liquid slightly.
3 – Add chicken, corn, jalapeños, heavy cream and salt. Simmer soup for 10 minutes.
4 – Serve garnished with chopped green onions.
Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories: 361; Total Fat: 16g; Total Carbs: 35g; Fiber: 4g; Protein: 20g.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/jalapeno_sweet_potato_chicken_chowder_recipe.html

Healthy Corn Recipes

May 23, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Corn Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Corn Recipes with recipes including Summer Vegetable Gnocchi Salad, Slow-Cooker Chile-Rubbed Pork with Corn and Black Beans, and Instant Pot Summer Corn and Crab Chowder. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Corn Recipes
Find healthy, delicious corn recipes including grilled, microwave and roasted corn on the cob. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Summer Vegetable Gnocchi Salad
This riff on pasta salad is best served warm while the gnocchi are nice and tender. Plus, the grilled veggies taste extra-good fresh off the fire in this easy gnocchi recipe………………………..

Slow-Cooker Chile-Rubbed Pork with Corn and Black Beans
With minimal hands-on prep and only a couple hours in the slow cooker, you end up with incredibly flavorful, spice-rubbed pork and a bean-and-corn side dish, which easily converts to a next-day salsa. We promise this isn’t like any slow-cooker pork tenderloin you’ve ever had…………………………

Instant Pot Summer Corn and Crab Chowder
Sweet corn and tender lump crabmeat go together wonderfully to make this rich, hearty chowder. This colorful, quick and easy Instant Pot soup makes a great starter for a summertime meal……………………………….

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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 16, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Making Chowder……………………….

Customarily, chowder included onion, potatoes, and cream. … A chowder is a thick, rich, chunky soup usually made with a white sauce base though Manhattan chowders have a tomato base. Originally, it was a fishermen’s stew made with seafood but today, vegetable chowders are common such as corn chowder and potato chowder.

Chowders typically have five parts: The vegetables or seafood, the focal ingredient of the soup. Ancillary ingredients which may include cream, diced onions, bacon, or herbs. The cooking liquid—usually broth or stock.

Healthy Shellfish Recipes

May 3, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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Find healthy, delicious shellfish recipes including crab, shrimp and lobster. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell. How about some Delicious and Healthy Shellfish Recipes with recipes including Lemon Shrimp and Orzo Salad, Scallops and Cherry Tomatoes with Caper-Butter Sauce, and Instant Pot Summer Corn and Crab Chowder. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Find healthy, delicious shellfish recipes including crab, shrimp and lobster. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Lemon Shrimp and Orzo Salad
Consider making a double batch of this easy pasta salad–it’s delicious the next day. The orzo will absorb the dressing as it sits, so add a little more olive oil and lemon juice if you’d like…………………..

Scallops and Cherry Tomatoes with Caper-Butter Sauce
These pan-seared scallops come together in just 20 minutes for a delicious, easy dinner. You’ll want some whole-wheat angel hair pasta or polenta to sop up all the rich, briny sauce……………….

Instant Pot Summer Corn and Crab Chowder
Sweet corn and tender lump crabmeat go together wonderfully to make this rich, hearty chowder. This colorful, quick and easy Instant Pot soup makes a great starter for a summertime meal……………………………….

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Shellfish Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/22780/ingredients/fish-seafood/shellfish/

It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday – Black Bean and Chorizo Soup

March 7, 2020 at 7:02 AM | Posted in Diabetic Gourmet Magazine, It's Chili Soups or Stews Saturday | Leave a comment
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This week’s It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday Recipe is a Black Bean and Chorizo Soup. You take Black Beans, add Chorizo, plus all the other ingredients and you have this week’s recipe. The recipe is from the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website, which is loaded with Diabetic Friendly Recipes, tips, and Diabetic news. Just an excellent site. Plus don’t forget to subscribe to the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine. Each issue is packed with delicious and healthy recipes. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

Black Bean and Chorizo Soup
This hearty Black bean soup will warm you up on a cold day.

Yield: 10 servings.
1/2 cup per serving.

Ingredients

1 Tbsp canola oil
1/2 onion, cubed
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tomato, deseeded and chopped
1 ancho chile, seeded, soaked in hot water
1 pasilla pepper, seeded, soaked in hot water
1 (19 oz) can black beans
1 bouquet garni (1 Tbsp each dried cilantro, oregano, marjoram wrapped in cheesecloth)*
1 lime, halved
4 cup chicken broth
2 Tbsp mezcal or tequila
Salt to taste
6 Tbsp chorizo, fried and crumbled
6 Tbsp low-fat buttermilk

*Bouquet garni is a bundle of herbs used to prepare soup, stock and various stews. The bouquet is boiled with other ingredients, but removed prior to consumption. To make the bouquet, use 1 Tbsp each of dried cilantro, oregano and marjoram and place in cheesecloth to form a bundle.

Directions

1 – In deep pan or pot, heat canola oil at high heat and add onion. Saute until brown and add garlic. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in tomatoes and peppers. Cook 15 minutes, stirring constantly to avoid burning.
2 – Combine black beans, bouquet garni, limes and broth with mixture. Cook 5 minutes. Add mezcal or tequila, salt and discard lime halves and herbs. Cook 10 minutes. Blend and season to taste.
3 – Garnish with buttermilk and chorizo.

Tip: If too thick, add more broth

Nutritional Information Per Serving:
Calories: 180
Protein: 10 g
Fat: 7 g
Sodium: 310 mg
Cholesterol: 10 mg
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Dietary Fiber: 6 g
Carbohydrates: 18 g
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipe/black-bean-and-chorizo-soup

January 21, 2020 is New England Clam Chowder Day

January 21, 2020 at 11:58 PM | Posted in seafood | Leave a comment
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January 21, 2020 is New England Clam Chowder Day

It’s New England Clam Chowder Day! Chowders originated in fishing villages on the coast of France in the 16th century. Back then any kind of fish chowder was considered a poor man’s dish. Most recipes called for salt pork and biscuits, which were both part of a standard sailor’s ration. Today, we’ve substituted the biscuits (also known as hardtack) for salty crackers!

There are many different varieties of clam chowder including New England, Manhattan, Rhode Island, Down East, and Outer Banks. New England clam chowder is made with milk or cream, and the use of tomatoes is frowned upon. In fact, in 1939 the state of Maine made it illegal to put tomatoes in clam chowder!

Celebrate this great culinary tradition and enjoy a bowl of delicious chowder in honor of New England Clam Chowder Day!
https://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/2020/1/21/new-england-clam-chowder-day

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