A Stormy, Clammy, Fire Driven, Marigold, Yemen Evening

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

When I arrived back home this evening, I grabbed a few logs from the side yard, and placed them on the back step next to the door.  The Greater Sacramento Region is bracing for another wave, in a current cycle of storms coming through.   We are slated for significant rainfall and winds beginning tonight and lasting through Sunday.

Once I secured the firewood in a handy location, I unloaded a bag of groceries.   It is the perfect night for a pot of Creamy Clam Chowder.



Among the mail brought in from the box, are a couple movies, from Netflix.  They are titled, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” with Judi Dench.  AND, “Salmon Fishing on the Yemen.”  Both look like they may be winners to me!


The recipe for the New England Clam Chowder follows.





1 - 6 1/2 oz can minced clams

4 slices bacon, cut in half

3 cups peeled and chopped potatoes

1 cup chopped onion

1 teaspoon instant chicken bouillon granules

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon crushed dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 cups milk

1 cup light cream

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour


Drain canned clams.  Save the juice.  Add a little water to clam juice to equal 1 cup.  Temporarily set aside.

In a large saucepan cook bacon till crisp.  Remove bacon, reserving 1 tablespoon of the drippings.  Drain bacon on paper towels; crumble.  Set aside.

In the same saucepan combine reserved bacon drippings, reserved clam juice, potatoes, onion, bouillon granules, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, and pepper.  Bring to boiling; reduce heat.  Cover and simmer about 10 minutes or till potatoes are tender.  With the back of a fork, mash potatoes slightly against the side of the pan.


Combine milk, cream, and flour till smooth.  Add to potato mixture.  Cook and stir until desired thickness.  Stir in clams, cook for an additional 2 minutes.  Sprinkle crumbled bacon on each serving. 



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Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
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Hi Myrl, I hope you have a safe,  peaceful night and weekend. Your New England Clam Chowder sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Nov 29, 2012 11:23 AM #1
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton
The Nines Team At Keller Williams - Stockton, CA
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton

Hey Myrl ... I'm seriously allergic to shellfish .... but lightly blended fresh corn kernels sounds like a viable substitute!  Thanks for the wonderful and warming wintertime recipe ...

Nov 29, 2012 11:40 AM #2
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Myrl,

I hope you'll be safe out there with that storm brewing. Be extra careful when the storm passes and you hit the trails on your bike.

I like your idea about hunkering down with some nice hot soup and some good movies. Sitting by a cozy fire will be relaxing too. I saw the The Best Exotic Marigold and I liked it. Judi Dench is a superb actress and doesn't disappoint in this movie either. I really want to see The Salmon Fishing in Yemen - the previews looked good!

Well enjoy your evenings indoors. You always know how to make the best of any situation.

Nov 29, 2012 11:58 AM #3
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Myrl, This is another delicious sounding recipe!  What a great meal to sit and enjoy a good movie with!

Nov 29, 2012 05:18 PM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your recipe.  I will give it to Chef Dolores to try.

Enjoy the holidays with your camera in hand.  You will want to share the special moments.

Nov 29, 2012 09:37 PM #5
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

Even though it's breakfast time, this recipe is making my mouth water.  I'll be trying this soon!

Nov 29, 2012 09:43 PM #6
Julie Bentley
Watson Realty Corp, Jacksonville, FL - St Johns, FL
Saint Johns, FL REALTOR

As a former New Englander I sure do love my clam chowder. An evening in front of the fire with chowder and a good movie sounds divine! I hope the storm wasn't too bad; your plan for weathering it sounds perfect.

Nov 29, 2012 09:45 PM #7
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

After reading this recipe I want this soup and not my Cheerios.

Nov 29, 2012 10:11 PM #8
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Kwee - You're very welcome!  I just had another bowl of Clam Chowder for breakfast:-)

Jack - I have a daughter (now grown), who is also allergic to certain types of shellfish.  And yes, corn can be substituted, and still maintain good taste.

Patricia - I watched "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" last night.  It is a really good movie.  I laughed myself silly:-)  Tonight, I'll dig into "Fishing on the Yemen." 

Tony and Darcy - It really was a cozy, relaxing and delightful evening!

Nov 30, 2012 12:16 AM #9
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Roy - After watching "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" last evening, I think you and Dolores might enjoy that movie too!

Laura - Since you are an East Coast person, I almost feel like I'm preaching to the choir with that recipe. . .tsk, tsk~

Julie - We are in the midst of the second wave of this daisy chain of storms.  Thus far, it seems to be going reasonably well.  It certainly has knocked a considerable amount of autumn leaves off the trees.  They are everywhere!  The third wave is slated to be the most significant.  I'll breathe more easily on Monday.

Steve and Jan - It worked for me!  I passed on the oatmeal this morning, for another bowl of chowder!

Nov 30, 2012 12:20 AM #10
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

The clam chowder sounds good, Myrl. Hope you enjoy the movies too.

Nov 30, 2012 08:22 PM #11
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


         Sounds like a perfect night for a good book and fire to curl up to! I love that recipe! I hope you have a nice evening and pass the storms safely!

Dec 01, 2012 06:39 AM #12
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Myrl, my husband loves New England Clam Chowder. Thanks for the recipe I will definitely try this as it seems simple enough to make.

Dec 01, 2012 06:50 AM #13
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Adam and I saw the the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on our TV too. We meant to catch it at the Tower Theatre but he was in Chicago when it came out. If you haven't seen Moonrise Kingdom, you would like that as well!!

Dec 01, 2012 09:07 AM #14
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional
Hi Myrl, The clam chowder recipe is lost on me but I also hadn't seen either of these movies. So thanks for the tip. BTW, wouldn't the logs be better in the fireplace as opposed to burning them on the back step, LMAO!
Dec 01, 2012 09:18 AM #15
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional
Hi Myrl, I guess I wasn't paying close enough attention. I did see the the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with Judith Dench. I knew I heard the title but had to go look it up to recall the movie, :-)
Dec 01, 2012 09:29 AM #16
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Hi Myrl, that clam chowder recipe sou do absolutely yummy! Hope you enjoy your evening bumpy the fire and one of your movies and a great Sunday as well!
Dec 01, 2012 09:47 AM #17
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Myrl,

Yum Yum as I love clam chowder and so does my family. I want to make this recipe very soon. Thanks!

Dec 01, 2012 02:59 PM #18
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


   Just checking out how the storm affect you! Take care and have a great evening!

Dec 03, 2012 08:47 AM #19
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

I loved both of these movies... thanks for sharing your recipe!  K

Dec 04, 2012 01:17 PM #20
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