corn and clam chowder – oh what a beautiful morning

“The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye and looks like its climbin’ clear up to the sky.” Rogers & Hammerstein

Hi there,

When I was a child, I looked forward to my summer “vacation.” It was two weeks spent with my grandparents being thoroughly spoiled. One of the things I enjoyed most, besides being bought every paper doll imaginable, was going to the local farms and buying their produce and dairy products. Corn in July was the sweetest and the milk was sold in glass bottles with the cream rising to the top. Grandmom always turned that cream into a sweet treat.

Since we were a Catholic family that meant no meat on Friday. Dinners on Friday were always a nightmare for me since I detested fish. But my grandmother knew how to fix that. We would go to the fishmonger and she would buy fresh shellfish and take it home and fry it. I always looked forward to Friday dinner at Grandmoms. One of my favorite dinners was the combination of sweet corn, extra creamy milk, and shucked clams in their liquor made into a chowder. A bowl of this chowder along with those extra hard chowder crackers always made me always look forward to Friday dinner.



  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • splash of olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion diced
  • 1/2 fennel bulb diced
  • !/4 cup of minced parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 32 ounces of chicken broth
  • 2 large or 4 small Yukon gold potatoes diced
  • 4 ears of corn, kernels removed and cobs saved
  • 1/2 lb clam meat in liquor
  • 1/4 cup of half and half
  • salt and Aleppo pepper to taste
  • squeeze of siracha to taste


  1. Melt butter and splash of olive oil in a dutch oven
  2. Sautee onion, fennel, parsley with nutmeg and Aleppo pepper
  3. Add thyme sprigs, potatoes, chicken broth
  4. Remove corn from the cob and reserve
  5. Add the Cobbs to the broth
  6. Cook until potatoes are slightly unfinished
  7. Remove the cobs
  8. Add the corn and the clam meat and liquor
  9. When clams are finished cooking (about 5 minutes), add the half and half
  10. Taste and add salt

I hope you enjoy this delicious taste of summer.

Talk soon, β€οΈπŸ’• Bernadette


    1. I have a kind of fallen in love with fennel lately. It adds a richness to most recipes. Thanks for always reading so closely and have a wonderful week Dorothy.


  1. Homemade food certainly holds family memories. Their soup looks delicious and innovation is characteristic of good cooks. Your photo is very evocative of an unforgettable time in your grandmother’s kitchen. Greetings.

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