I knew Hubby would be leaving me today. So I had a plan. He doesn’t like clam chowder. I ate some in Maine that was REALLY good. So I decided to experiment on myself.
That was the plan.
The execution of said plan meant going to Costco for some fresh clams. They didn’t have any. So I had to go to the local seafood place. It’s the sort of place that sells all sorts of fresh seafood. They sell cooked seafood, too.
That’s where I got into trouble. Not trouble really, unless Hubby digs backwards in my posts when he gets home on Thursday and reads this! Let’s just say that’s where my plan changed.
It was big.
The plan was to have clam chowder for lunch. But the crabs smelled so good, I decided to buy a couple. Here’s the swamp dog from another angle.
After lunching on the swamp dogs and watching the second half of the football game (the Ravens kick Oakland’s butt) while I quilted, I prepared the clam chowder for dinner.
I soaked the clams in clean, clear water for a while, swooshed them around, changed the water, soaked them some more. Repeated. Then I had to scrub them. They have sand on their shells and inside their shells, too. And they’re still alive. So they peek out of their shell while you aren’t looking at or touching them and then “clam up” when they’re disturbed.
Here they are all cleaned and ready to cook. If you look closely, you can see a couple of them are hanging open.
I totally felt like the Pioneer Woman as I was doing this, by the way. Don’t worry, though. I won’t make a habit of it.
The clams only had to steam for about 10 minutes until they all opened and I could remove the innards from the shells. Some of those innards, fully cooked, are pictured below.
I couldn’t resist presenting the bowl of shells to Moses, my 18+, pain-in-the-ass cat. She just kept sniffing and meowing. Sniffing and meowing. I think she was saying, “WTF? What’d you do with the meat!?!”
Oh. My. God.
The chowder really was quite tasty. It was totally worth the effort.
I forgot to mention the sangria. I make killer sangria, so I had some of that, too. While I was cooking.
That and I finished quilting my quilt between lunch and dinner. Now I just have to bind it. That’s fodder for another post though.
Right now, I am in serious need of a nap.