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.
GRANDMOM BASH’S CHICKEN AND CORN CHOWDER
- 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
- Melt butter and splash of olive oil in a dutch oven
- Sautee onion, fennel, parsley with nutmeg and Aleppo pepper
- Add thyme sprigs, potatoes, chicken broth
- Remove corn from the cob and reserve
- Add the Cobbs to the broth
- Cook until potatoes are slightly unfinished
- Remove the cobs
- Add the corn and the clam meat and liquor
- When clams are finished cooking (about 5 minutes), add the half and half
- Taste and add salt
I hope you enjoy this delicious taste of summer.
Talk soon, ❤️💕 Bernadette
43 responses to “corn and clam chowder – oh what a beautiful morning”
Food is always a great memory of grandmothers. This chowder looks so good.
If you catch a cool evening in the summer it is a great treat. Have a great week Darlene.
What lovely memories and a really delicious chowdah! I really like that you used fennel.
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.
Love your posts!!!!
Thanks so much Dorothy. It is so very nice of you to say that. Have a w onderful week.
You too! We have sunshine!
Such a sweet memory of your grandma! The chowder looks delicious.
Lovely. I wish I had some in front of me right now. I can only get seafood frozen, which really wouldn’t be the same… unfortunately.
I have used frozen clams in a pinch. They really do taste good but you don’t get the liquor. Have a wonderful week Mimi.
I agree the chowder looks delicious. We are from Maine and the New England Clam Chowder is our favorite. We also like corn chowder, now you have combined them and it is a great idea.
Eating this chowder up in Maine would be like a little bit of heaven. Have a wonderful week.
Thank you, You too!
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.
Thank you for your beautiful and heartfelt comment. Wishing you a maravillosa semana.
A Grandma is special – I remember all her books and playing canasta (card game) which included my two sisters. I’m not into clams, scallops, etc. but I love shrimp, lobster and crab!
Grandmom’s are special and I hope my grandchildren remember me with the same amount of love. I’ll bet you could make the chowder with shrimp.
Ooh, this sounds so good! I love the fennel in there with the clams, too. This recipe is headed straight toward the top of my culinary bucket list! 😋
Thanks Terri. This is high praise coming from such an accomplished cook as yourself.
Oh goodness, you are kind to say that. I love that we are always learning from each other!
this chowder sounds really wonderful! i like the sound of all those flavours together.
Sweet memories Bernadette, I love corn chowder and fresh summer corn!
I can tell from your posts. A bowl of this on a cool summer night at your beach house would be fabulous.
What nice memories! This chowder your grandmother made sounds wonderful! 🙂
It is delicious on a cool summer evening.
Awe, love the recipe and love the photo of Grandmom Bash! Such a kind face.
She was wonderful to me – not so much to other people. 🙄. Thanks for taking the time to read Elizabeth and for trying out the recipes.
Grandparents are the best! Another fabulous recipe.
Thanks so much Robbie. Maybe Mr. Chocolate has a story and a recipe he wants to share?
Corn and clam chowder–I used to make this but I don’t think the recipe was as good as this. Yum!
Oh jeez Jacqui, I am sure it was delicious.
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I love chowder – and I love the story that goes with this one. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Have a wonderful weekend.
Summer memories … with grandparents … and delicious food!
Thank you for the recipe – I love chowder but have never made it.
Your are right, the best summer memories. I hope you get to taste the chowder.
Classic ricipie 👌👌
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Your blog not only look beautiful but looks yummy too ma’am 💕💕🙏
What a sweet memory of your grandma Bernadette and that chowder sounds delicious! 💕
Thanks Diane, she was a wonderful influence on me.