Friday, January 27, 2012

Mom's Crab Chowder

One of the only real upsides of moving is the rediscovery of treasures.  This time, I found my mom's long lost crab chowder recipe.  Though I haven't had this in years, I can still remember the smell.  I also remember how everyone raved about this on snowy Halloween after we all froze our butts off Trick or Treating.

My mom is letting me share this, so long as she gets credit. The original recipe is written on page torn from a steno notebook.  It's spotted, crumpled and stained.  Written in my mom's handwriting , with a large red note in sharpie at the bottom in mine- "only 1 recipe DO NOT DOUBLE".  Since we were a family of seven, and I remember guests for the debut of this meal, it must have made a ton.  She served it in sourdough bread bowls, but a soup bowl will work just as well with sliced sourdough on the side, in case you can't get the small round loaves for bread bowls.

1/2 stick butter
1 large onion, chopped
1 large potato
3- 6 oz.bottles clam juice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tsp white pepper
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 quart half & half
2 ears fresh corn
2 cans crab

Simmer everything but the crab and half & half until the potatoes are very tender.  Add the crab and half & half, simmer for 20 minutes on very low heat.

If you've never made bread bowls, the process is fairly straight forward.  Cut a round hole in the top of the loaf, scoop out most of the soft interior. Brush with olive oil infused with thyme and garlic, then bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.  Serve the loaf interiors on the side or save for croutons or bread crumbs.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I'm getting back into gear

My life ate January.  Started out with a little with pneumonia. Then I caught the worst case of the flu I have ever had (really, is a 104.9 fever necessary), and we're now almost done with the move.  We've moved my boxes of witchy books, so I can finally finish a few post that I started, but couldn't finish because I couldn't look anything up.  I'm so excited to see these books again. They were packed in September, think we would be moving in October, but plans kept shifting.  It's like finding long lost friends.

I'm also planning a few spring home improvements that I will share here.  First, I'm in the market for a solid but banged up dining table to paint.  I've got an image and colors in mind. Second, the TV bench top is trashed, so I'm looking into trying a mosaic on it to cover the scratches, blisters and divots.  After that, I'm trying to work up the courage to learn how to sew.  My two ancient sewing machines (both older than I am and handed down from family members) scare me a bit, but I need a few things repaired or altered.  then, I have a crocheted fairy castle storage container to finish.  Of course, there is also Imbolc/ Brighnasa to celebrate, plant to get put in the ground and pots and spring to welcome. Oh, and a kid's birthday to celebrate.

I'm hoping February and march will be fun and productive.