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New England Clam Chowder…’tis the season for soup!

Fall leaves are changing colors… red, orange, yellow… crisp cool nights, dry sunny days…aaahhh, ’tis the season for soups! This is my favorite time of year – Fall in New England. Of course, I’ve never lived anywhere else so I don’t really know the seasons that happen all over the world. But, here in New England, this is a beautiful time of year. My drive to work makes me smile – mountain sides and lake shores dotted with colorful trees. Plus, the Fall nights are cool and crisp, so I can snuggle into my comforter for a good night’s sleep.

Because the weather has turned cooler, it’s okay to cook warm foods again. Letting a pot of soup, stew or chowder simmer on the stove is perfect at this time of year. The aroma fills the kitchen and gives me a cozy feeling. This recipe for New England Clam Chowder is somewhat non-traditional because I add carrots, corn and chicken stock. Most traditional recipes add bacon to the chowder to add a subtle smoky flavor and use clam juice as the stock. The nice thing about soups and chowders is they can be so easily adapted to whatever you have in the refrigerator. I have occasionally added sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes which adds a slightly different flavor. Be creative – use ingredients you like and enjoy!

 

New England Clam Chowder (Gluten-free)

5 small new red potatoes, unpeeled
3 celery stalks + celery leaves
2 medium carrots
½ small onion, chopped
¼ cup frozen corn
2½ cups chicken stock
½ teaspoon dried dill
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 (6.5 oz) cans chopped clams or small baby clams, drained
1 pint heavy cream
Sprinkle of dried parsley flakes

Rinse the potatoes, celery and carrots, dice them into bite-sized pieces and put them in a large pot. Add the onion and corn. Pour in the liquid stock, add the spices and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer until potatoes and vegetables become soft. Add the clams and continue to simmer another 10 minutes. About 5 minutes before serving, add the heavy cream and heat gently. Serve with gluten-free crackers (ex. Glutino) or gluten-free warm bread. Makes about 4 servings.

 

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Posted by on September 29, 2012 in Soups

 

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Gluten-free Blueberry Muffins….wild Maine blueberries at their best!

Good morning!! It’s a beautiful clear, crisp September morning and fresh blueberry muffins are on their way. I just went for a short paddle on the pond. The mist was rising over the warm water, the birds were chirping, the loon was diving for breakfast and the sun was peaking through the tree tops. This is my favorite time of year, when the air begins to cool and dry out. I love Fall!!!

I’m using up the last of the wild Maine blueberries in my refrigerator for a batch of muffins. We are heading to Belfast, Maine later today to meet up with my sister and her husband. They recently purchased an RV (a.k.a. motor home) and are camping on the coast. We decided to stay in a hotel instead of the cushion on top of their kitchen table…my aching back!

These muffins will be the perfect breakfast tomorrow morning as we sip coffee overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, watching the sun rise. I hope you are having a wonderful, long weekend…take some time to relax or do something fun…life is too short! Bon appetit!

P.S. I like to use my special “muffin-top” pan, but a regular muffin tin will work great, too.

Blueberry Muffins

2¾ cups Pamela’s Gluten-free Wheat-free Baking & Pancake Mix
2/3 cup sugar
1 stick butter(room temperature)
1 cup vanilla yogurt (room temperature)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups fresh blueberries (or thawed, drained frozen berries)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 2 muffin pans. Combine Pamela’s mix and sugar in a large bowl. Cut in butter until it resembles fine crumbs. Combine yogurt, eggs and vanilla in a small bowl and pour all at once into flour mixture. Stir until just moistened. Gently fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups two-thirds full and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans immediately. Makes 12-18 muffins.

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2012 in Breakfast

 

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