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August 29, 2009


I am eagerly awaiting the post on Boston clam chowder, the Ragazzo's favourite food.
Surely it will come one day?

Kia ora Beth,
Another lovely simple dish. You are a culinary inspiration.

Thanks, Mouse and Robb, for reading and enjoying these posts.

I will definitely make Boston clam chowder this winter - do the Ragazzi like it thick and creamy or thinner with a strong taste of salt pork (that's the way my mom made it)? I like the thick kind myself but rarely make it.

Robb - you must get wonderful fish and seafood where you live, please write and tell us if you cook anything special!

I make clam sauce a lot, just using canned clams (including the juice). Olive oil, butter, garlic, paprika, marjoram, onions, flour, and whatever fresh vegetables are handy: sweet peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, whatever. It ain't too fancy, but it's good.

Kia ora Beth,
My personal favourite is simply to steam open fresh green lipped mussels and serve with a thai chili cream sauce. I can eat them by the dozen, they are very inexpensive, the ONLY kai moana (food of the sea) that is relatively cheap unless you catch it, or gather it yourself. With an ice cold lager beer it is just devine. Have a great day.

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