One of America’s Favorites – Clam Chowder

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New England clam chowder

Clam chowder is any of several chowder soups in American cuisine containing clams. In addition to clams, common ingredients include diced potatoes, salt pork, and onions. Other vegetables are not typically used. It is believed that clams were used in chowder because of the relative ease of harvesting them. Clam chowder is usually served with saltine crackers or small, hexagonal oyster crackers.

The dish originated in the Eastern United States, but is now commonly served in restaurants throughout the country. Many regional variations exist, but the three most prevalent are New England or “white” clam chowder, which includes milk or cream, Manhattan or “red” clam chowder, which includes tomatoes, and Rhode Island or “clear” clam chowder, which omits both.

 

The most popular variety of clam chowder, the milk-based New England clam chowder, which was influenced by French and Nova Scotian cuisine, became common in the 18th century. The first recipe for Manhattan clam chowder, with tomatoes and no milk, was published before 1919, and the current name is attested in 1934. In 1939, the legislature of the state of Maine considered outlawing the use of tomatoes in clam chowder, but this did not pass.

 

Manhattan clam chowder has a reddish color from tomatoes

As recipes for clam chowder spread throughout the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries, many regionally developed variants have arisen.

Manhattan clam chowder
Manhattan clam chowder has a red, tomato-based broth, initially introduced by Portuguese immigrants in Rhode Island, as tomato-based stews were already a traditional part of Portuguese cuisine. Thyme is often used as a seasoning.

In the 1890s, this chowder was called “Fulton Fish Market clam chowder” and “New York City clam chowder. Manhattan clam chowder is included in Victor Hirtzler’s Hotel St. Francis Cookbook (1919) as “clam chowder.” The “Manhattan” name is first attested in a 1934 cookbook.

Today, Manhattan-style chowder often contains other vegetables, such as adding celery and carrots to include a mirepoix.

New England clam chowder
New England clam chowder, occasionally referred to as Boston or Boston-style clam chowder, is a milk or cream-based chowder, and is often of a thicker consistency than other regional styles. It is commonly made with milk, butter, potatoes, salt pork, onion, and clams. Flour or, historically, crushed hard tack may be added as a thickener.

New England clam chowder is usually accompanied by oyster crackers. Crackers may be crushed and mixed into the soup for thickener, or used as a garnish.

Rhode Island clam chowder
Rhode Island clam chowder is made with clear broth, and contains no dairy or tomatoes. It is common in southeastern Rhode Island through eastern Connecticut. In Rhode Island, it is sometimes called “South County Style” referring to Washington County, where it apparently originated.

Long Island clam chowder
Long Island clam chowder is part New England-style and part Manhattan-style, making it a pinkish creamy tomato clam chowder. The name is a joke: Long Island is between Manhattan and New England. The two parent chowders are typically cooked separately before being poured in the same bowl. This variant is popular in many small restaurants across Suffolk County, New York.

 

 

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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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

It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday –New England Clam Chowder

December 22, 2018 at 6:02 AM | Posted in 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 New England Clam Chowder. This version is only 204 calories and 29 carbs per serving. It’s from the Diabetes Self Management website which has a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, and Diabetes Self Management. So check the site out today! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

New England Clam Chowder

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

Exchanges per serving: 1 Bread/Starch, 1 Meat, 1 Milk.
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/soups-stews/new-england-clam-chowder/

New England Clam Chowder & Potatoes w/ Griiled Ham & Cheese Sandwich

December 31, 2011 at 6:45 PM | Posted in cheese, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, low calorie, low carb | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: New England Clam Chowder & Potatoes w/ Griiled Ham & Cheese Sandwich

I’m ending my year on a comfort food delight dinner! I had New England Clam Chowder w/ Hearty Potatoes along with a Grilled Ham and Cheese. I used Campbell’s New England Clam Chowder. Thick, hearty and tasty and very easily made. Just heat and serve! I used Sara Lee Thin Sliced Honey Ham, Sargento Reduced Fat Colby/Jack Sliced Cheese, and Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. The Ham is only 60 calories while the Cheese is only 50 calories a slice, and I used 2 slices for the sandwich. For dessert/snack later a Mini Bag of 100 Calorie Jolly Time Pop Corn.

 

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