Posted by: shamanron | December 22, 2011

Ron’s Kitchen

Today will be the first of many (I hope) blogs about food, some Restaurants (the experience), and most of all, some of my personal, almost world famous recipes. A Spiritual cook! Divine eating?I love to cook and to share my cooking and recipe’s with everyone. If I had to describe my cooking style, I would say that it would have to be “World Fusion with a Southern Twist”. So there might be some recipe’s appearing here that you have seen or tried before, but with a twist! Example? How about my Peanut Butter and Banana Bread! Not mixed, but half and half! It was fun to make and even better to eat! So good food is what it’s all about!
Today’s posting: Great smoked Clam Chowder
Ingredients: a cup of chopped celery, cup chopped onion, 2 cups diced potato, some leftover mashed potato’s (about 3/4 cup). 1 quart of half & half, about 2 sticks of butter(the real stuff). 1 can, (maybe 2 if you really like clams) of chopped clams, 1 can of oysters (or 1 bag, Little neck clams, one bag of oysters). Also need about 3 strips of bacon and about 1 cup of white wine(I prefer chardonnay). And 3/4 cup of AP flour.
Now for the cooking: Dice your onion, celery, and potato’s (I prefer diced rather than chunked) Put them all in a large pan. For the smoked flavor, place all clams and oysters in your smoker. It should only take about 15 to 20 minutes for all shells to open. After they open, let them set for about ten minutes, enough time for them to soak in some of the smoke flavor. Remove from smoker and set aside.  For NON-SMOKED,  Open clams and oysters and pour the juice in with the vegies. Add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water, depending on how much juice was in the cans. put over medium heat and stir occasionally (if the vegies start sticking, turn the heat down). About now, take a couple of sips of wine (you’ll feel better). Melt 1 & 1/2 sticks of butter in a large pot. When it’s melted, whisk in the flour. Make sure it’s mixed well. You don’t want lumps of flour in your chowder. Take the butter and flour mix off heat. Now you need a large pot that you will eventually bring all these ingredients together. Over medium heat, fry the bacon(in the large pot). When bacon is crisp, remove it from the pot and set aside. Take another sip of wine (you should be in your groove by now). Pour the butter and flour mix in large pot with bacon grease still in pot. Mix in quart of half & half. Stir well. Vegies should be soft by now. Pour them into large pot (be careful, some splashing may occur). Stir evenly. Now, add the clams and oysters. If the mix seems a little thick, add just a little water. Stir well. Take a sip of wine. Add salt (about a teaspoon should do) and fresh ground pepper (same teaspoon). Now, pour in the rest of your wine, stir well, and remove from heat, serve it up. WARNING!!!!! This chowder is so good, it will make you want to slap your moma, so ask her nicely to leave before serving.

I hope you enjoy making and eating this dish!

Namaste                           from Ron’s Kitchen


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