Chunky New England Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder doesn’t have to be runny or full of cream. Add more of the good stuff to make this Chunky New England Clam Chowder.

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I have waited a long, LOOOONG time to write this post! WOOT! WOOT! I am super excited to introduce ya’ll to the NEW Family Spice website! YAY! It’s more than a cosmetic change, too. I won’t bore you with the gastly details, but thanks to my dear friend Karin (a.k.a. the Data Base Queen) and fellow blogger & pal Andrew, from Eating Rules and Blog Tutor, I have a lovely new site, full of fabulous bells and whistles. It’s like Christmas in March, for me! And to help me celebrate, Frieda’s Produce has a giveaway for you!

Besides the obvious new logo, layout and scheme, the biggest change is that I finally merged my blog and my website into ONE SITE: For non-techies, it may not make a big difference to you, but for us nerds it was a monumental task. Everything is now under one umbrella, one URL. If you are a subscriber to the Family Spice Feed, no worries, no changes. You will still get my blog updates, like you are getting this one right now.

Secondly, thanks to my Data Base Queen, I have all of my recipes, over 400 of them, in my very own, personalized database! YAHOO! This has been a 3-year project for the two of us. Juggling mom-life, home-life and learning HTML and PHP on the side has been a challenge. And sometimes, I admit, I didn’t think we’d ever get here. I spent endless months transferring the old recipes into the new format, editing and re-editing pictures, retaking pictures, fixing horrible typos and mistakes in previous recipes (so, so sorry about that folks!). I have been glued behind the computer for almost a year, trying to get this site to where I first envisioned it when I started over 4 years ago. And bless Andrew’s patience with me and my requests, he was able to bring it all together and get it all on WordPress.

Chunky New England Clam Chowder

New England clam chowder is traditionally silky and creamy, and this version gives you more of the good stuff! Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • 2 cup fingerling potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 1 cup carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup celery, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 2 TBS all-purpose flour
  • 51 oz clams, canned
  • 3 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup parsley, American, chopped
  • 2 TBS green onions, chopped, green parts only


  1. Heat a large stock pot on medium and add:
    • 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  2. Add:
    • 1 cup onions , chopped
  3. Cook until softened, about 8 minutes.
  4. Stir in:
    • 2 cup fingerling potatoes , cut into 1/2-inch rounds
    • 1 cup carrots , coarsely chopped
    • 1 cup celery , coarsely chopped
  5. Continue to cook vegetable for 5 mins, stirring often.
  6. Stir in:
    • 2 garlic cloves , minced
    • 1 tsp kosher salt
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
    • 2 TBS all-purpose flour
  7. Cook for an additional 2 mins.
  8. Separate the juice from the clam meat from:
    • 51 oz clams, canned
  9. Stir the clam juice to the cooked vegetables, scraping the bottom of the pot to pick up the browned bits.
  10. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce to low and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 15 mins.
  11. Stir in the reserved clam meat and:
    • 3 cup half-and-half
    • 1/4 cup parsley, American , chopped
    • 2 TBS green onions , chopped, green parts only
  12. Continue to simmer for 10 mins, stirring often
  13. Check seasoning and serve hot.

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Yield: Serves 8

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Chunky New England Clam Chowder Detail

What does this fantabulous database mean to you, the user?

(giggle! giggle!)

Let me show you!

You can search for recipes in a number of different ways. The old fashioned google search way is still there, top right corner. You can also click on the top button where it says “Recipes” and find a recipe by course, ingredient, ethnic background or health category. Alas, my spice buttons are gone. I will miss them, but I am loving this streamlined and cleaner look.

Back to recipes. Let’s choose “Soup.

Here are my soup recipes, with each recipe showing a thumbnail.

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Frieda’s was kind enough to send me some fingerling potatoes to sample. Mmmmm…. taters! Love ’em! Let’s check out what I made with them. So, under soup, there’s my Chunky New England Clam Chowder.

One click and duh, it takes you to the recipe. Printing a recipe is still as easy as it was on the old site. Just select PRINT on your browser and a printer-friendly version of the recipe is at your bidding.

Love fingerling potatoes as much as I do?

Check out the ingredient list. Each ingredient is a link. Let’s click on fingerling potatoes:

Presto! A picture of the featured ingredient, fingerling potatoes, with a bit of a information to boot. Want to try another great fingerling potato recipe?

Each ingredient page will have a list of recipes using the featured ingredient. Let’s see what else I made with Frieda’s fingerling potatoes. Ragin’ Cajun Roasted Taters. As you can see, I was hoping to post this a couple weeks ago to commemorate Mardi Gras, but a few little snags here and there delayed it. But, these creole-spiced taters made a great side to our roasted chicken dinner.

So have it, click away, explore. My old blog posts are here. I have so many new recipes ready to be plugged in, so keep checking out my ever-growing recipe list.

This Giveaway is now CLOSED.

Frieda’s Produce was kind enough to put together this Potato Lover’s Pack for you to win:

Purple Kiwi Cookbook
Reusable Tote
LPC Little Potatoes
Assorted Fingerling Potatoes

The LPC Little Potatoes are these delicious itty-bitty potatoes I used to make my Garlic Smashed Potatoes. Totally, mouth-watering. These specialty potatoes are currently available at all California Ralph’s Supermarkets.

What do you have to do to win this potato prize?

Just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget (below). You’ll need to start by leaving a comment on this post, telling me what you think about the new site, how you like your potatoes or about anything at all! Then, get bonus entries by sharing and liking… again, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget.

Good luck!

(Email and RSS readers, you’ll need to view this post on my site to see the widget)

Using, #31 was the winner: Congratulations to Elle, our potato prize winner!  How does Elle like her taters?

“I like baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, home fried potatoes, oven roasted potatoes, really any kind of potato.”

Thanks for participating everyone!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

By becoming a fan of Frieda’s Produce on Facebook between now and March 30th and by particpating in their weekly Facebook flash promotions, you could win ANOTHER prize: one of four Final Four Party Pack filled with salsa, guacamole, Sugar Cane Swizzle Sticks, and other fun things!

DEADLINE: Thursday, March 15, 2012 Midnight PST. The winner will be announced the next day.

Disclosure: Frieda’s Produce was kind enough to send me these items to sample. The opinions expressed here are my own. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t blog about it! Giveaway for U.S. Residents only.


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14 Responses to Chunky New England Clam Chowder

  1. Reza Bashar at #

    Wife, I’m proud of you for sticking with this and certainly pray for your success. The site looks great and must say, your food is awesome.

    Karen and Andrew, you guys rock.

    • Laura at #

      Wow, honey! Your first comment on my blog! Thanks for your patience and support! 🙂

  2. As someone who works in the IT world, I am truly impressed with what you’ve done. What a monumental task you undertook and such beautiful results. The site is gorgeous; the database appears to work flawlessly. You guys did awesome work. Well done!

    • Laura at #

      Thank you so much! It’s been 3 years of hard work and I couldn’t have done it without the help of good friends. I’m relieved we’re “done” – ha! ha!

  3. this looks wonderful

  4. Bob-o at #

    I like the new site. It looks great. You obviously up a lot of time and effort into it. Does this mean with all the free time you will now have, our families will be able to more awesome dinners together? 🙂

    • Laura at #

      ABSOLUTELY! We missed Chinese New Year, but Persian New year is coming up!

  5. Lois at #

    This really awesome. I love the new look and feel of the site. All the long hours have paid off. We sure hope to see you out and about more! I know, dinner party! Yeah, Baby.

    • Laura at #

      Thanks, Lois! Yeah, baby! I so NEED to get out of my house. Oh yeah, when taxes are done – ha! ha!

  6. CONGRATS Laura!!! I’m really, really proud of you! I really like your new site. It’s so user friendly and I can tell you thought through a lot. I’m going to stay here and browse a little bit more. 🙂

    • Laura at #

      Thank you, Nami! You always have something sweet & kind to say to keep me going!

  7. Elle at #

    I found your site by sheer good fortune – liked both Family Spice and Frieda’s Produce on Face Book and hope my entries took.

    Your site looks very professional and I shall be spending much time browsing. Thanks for an interesting place to visit.

    • Laura at #

      I’m glad you like my site and I hope you enjoy my recipes! Consider yourself entered in the contest!

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