Friday, August 19, 2011

Scallop Chowder

First, I must confess.....I was at the garden center when the gates opened at 7:30 this morning. I bought more mums. As if you haven't already figured it out, I have a bit of a problem. I am totally obsessive. When I start a project, I always get carried away. It drove me crazy not having a garden this year because of the stink bug problem, so I am making up for it now. It remains to be seen if not having a garden helped with the bugs. But, my friends had horrible gardens this year so I am glad I passed. I only bought 50 mums but I bought a bunch of other flowers. So, today is planting day again. And thanks to all of the rain wishes, we had a downpour this morning! Woohoo!

Back to the chowder.

First I made more buttermilk sandwich bread. This stuff is the best!

For the chowder, saute' a large diced onion in 3 tablespoons of butter.

Cut some new potatoes into small chunks.

Add the potatoes to the onions and cook for a few minutes.

Sprinkle in some dried thyme, salt and cracked black pepper.

Add 2 cups of seafood or chicken stock, a pint of cream and 3-4 cups of whole milk. Add 2 pounds of bay scallops.

Simmer gently until potatoes are cooked through....about 30 minutes. Do not boil!

Add 1/4 cup of Pernod. Or use some fresh tarragon. I used both. Don't skip this step, it makes the recipe.

I served it with some fresh sourdough rolls for dipping.

You could substitute a white fish like cod if you can't get scallops.

I have no idea how this photo of the sandwich bread rising got in here. I need to speak to The Blog Tech. A few of you asked where you can find his store. You might just have fun looking at some of the Halloween stuff before it is gone from my collection forever! Just click on his "feed me' photo on my sidebar and it will take you to his store!

I am off to play in the dirt!