~Lunch on the Deck~


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Wednesday was a beautiful day in the Ozarks.  A perfect day for lunch on the deck.

I prepared Clam Chowder and served it with hot rolls.

clamchowder8 CLAM CHOWDER

4 or 5 potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 medium sweet onion, chopped

2 or 3 ribs of celery, chopped

1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced

2 or 3 6.5 ounce cans clams, packed in water.

8 ounce bottle clam juice

4 slices bacon

1/2 stick butter

1 pint heavy cream

1 cup half and half



Bay Leaf

Cracked pepper to taste.

No salt needed.

Cook potatoes, covered in water just to the top, until slightly underdone.  While potatoes are cooking, cut bacon into small pieces and cook in skillet.  Drain on paper toweling.  Add celery and onion to skillet and cook until translucent, not brown.  Add minced garlic at the end. 

Drain clams, reserving a portion of the liquid.  Rinse clams removing any remaining sand.

Drain potatoes and return to pot.  Add 1 bottle of clam juice, about a cup of the juice from the canned clams and the drained clams.  Add onion, garlic, celery, approximately 1 tablespoon of dried thyme, tied in cheesecloth and 1 bay leaf, simmer about 15 or 20 minutes.

Remove thyme and bay leaf.

Prepare a roux of melted butter and 1 tablespoon flour, stir into chowder to thicken.

Add bacon, heavy cream and half and half. Heat, do not boil.

Garnish with a pat of butter and chopped parsley.

Serve with multigrain rolls

6-8 one cup ladle servings



 Lunchtime View


There are lots of Clam Chowder recipes.  I sort of combined a few to make this pot of chowder.

One of the easiest chowder recipes, I know of, was prepared by an old St Charles, Missouri restaurant, Noah’s Ark, now closed and demolished.  That recipe includes 3 canned soups; celery soup, potato soup and clam chowder.  This is the chowder I make for big gatherings. I prepare a potato soup, add the canned soups and extra clams, a couple of cans of evaporated milk and butter.  I throw in a handful of instant potato flakes to thicken.  It’s okay, but not quite a tasty as the chowder I prepared Wednesday.

Family…..are you reading this?clamchowder5


Janet Happy Girl said...

oh yummy....thanks for sharing

kim said...

Pat, I wish I liked clam chowder. I like the taste of it, but not the clams. May be just a mental thing. That looks really good and I love your view from your deck.

Stephanie said...

I love clam chowder and your view! Looks great! I'll bring dessert and meet you out there! :)

xinex said...

What a breathtaking view of the lake and your scrumptious clam chowder makes it even more perfect...Christine

Jeanne said...

Hi Pat, yes, I am back to blogging. I loved my break and at the same time was happy to have a break. It was a productive break thank goodness. Thank you for your visits while on break and your welcome back. That makes me smile!

I am sitting here so hungry for your clam chowder. It is still chilly here and heat is on. I will be so happy to welcome warmer weather. It is a bit warmer and I did plant some pansies and such. It was so nice to be outside without freezing.

Back to your recipe. It is a bit involved but not hard to do. I do think I might try the simple one and see how it tastes. Mmmmmm I am feeling hungry and it's only 11:00 am. sigh.

Have a wonderful day and enjoy your warm weather. I hope it lasts. Smile.
Hugs, Jeanne

Allie and Pattie said...

I don't know about your family, but you've got us hooked! The chowder looks wonderful and I'd love to know where you got those gorgeous clam bowls- I'm drooling. Of course your photography makes everything look amazing!
xoxo Pattie and Allie

Helen said...

Making me want to journey back to MO for an Ozark visit ...........

nannykim said...

mmm, I grew up in New England and BOY did we enjoy our clam chowder. This was one of the things that my Dad loved to cook!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sounds and looks delish - thanks for sharing the recipe. Love the view.

Kathy :) said...

My fave Chowder is from Legal Seafoods it is so yummy....

I've never made it....your recipe sounds very easy !!!

Thanks for sharing....

Kathy :)

ps very pretty shams and pillows for the condo....can't wait for the reveal :)

BECKY said...

Love this Pat. My hubby would fall over if I made a seafood soup from scratch for him!! Might have to!! Looks yummy for sure!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

You just always make it look so good and cozy over there, Pat!

Annie Joy said...

Looks delicious, Pat and just the thing for a beautiful day on your deck. A lot of our weather in Oklahoma seems to come your way, but your clam chowder and deck view are probably wonderful even on a rainy day! (Forecast here is for rain later in the week.) I love your blog and am a new "follower"

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Pat, I love clam chowder and this is soooo delcious looking. Hope you are having a wonderful time.

Love your pink pillows!

Barb ♥

Sharon said...

It does look good but I am not a clam person.
I really did like the view and I wish we could have lunch on our deck.
Having snow here and very cold temps.
Not a deck type day yet, but I am so ready.

Terri and Bob said...

Yummy! I love clam chowder! I have the Noah's Ark recipe but I didn't know it came from a restaurant! I never understood how the recipe got its name and now I know!

Pamela said...

my husband will appreciate this recipe.

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Gorgeous view! I really need to give clam chowder a chance. The clam part is a mental thing to me too as I am not a big seafood lover.

♥ Kathy said...

The chowder looks delicious and the view is gorgeous!

Kathleen said...

Perfect soup..I call it Long Island Clam Chowder, and in March it is Long Ireland..:)
The view couldn't be better!
What a life! :)
God bless, and enjoy it!

Jeanette said...

A wonderful sounding stew and a breathtaking view. Doesn't get much better than that.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

It looks delicious and the presentation is perfect. What a view!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Nice presentation, Pat! That sounds like a wonderful recipe, too, and I like the fact that you use the canned with a little doctoring. Love that bowl, too. Dropping by on the Foodie Friday train. Thanks for sharing...


Sheila :-)

Nanna said...

Hi BG, I made your corn beef & cabbage sandwich tonight for supper,it was good & also very filling, probbaly should of just made one & halved it LOL, I think the next time I make it I'll grill it in the big george to cut down on the saltenessbuit then that could of been the chips we had with it LOL, it is a different twist on the Ruben & defefinitely will be a keeper


Nanna said...

oops I called you BJ, sorry about that Pat!

Beth said...

Love your lunchtime view, and the clam chowder looks awesome! Bon appetit'!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

This is a beautiful soup! Wow!!! We love clam chowder and I can see why- heavy cream, butter, etc. All the yummy ingredients! The view from the deck is spectacular.
Just to let you know- my dad was born and raised in Missori! Just outside of Springfield. I went there once a year as a little girl. I loved it!

bj said...

NANNA didn't call ya bj..she called you BG...hahaaa...cute!
Now, I wish I liked things from the water but....I just don't. Your chowder looks beautiful in that stunning bowl but.....I just don't do fish. or clams. or oysters. or....well, you get the idea. :)
Again, everything looks lovely.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Pat, I love clam chowder! This sounds so so good!!

What a glorious view!

Happy weekend!


homeiswheretheboatis said...

Your clam chowder looks delish, and I particularly like your lunchtime view :-)


KATHY said...

Hi pat, the soup looks so good, and i love the view....Kathy

Pam said...

Thank you for reminding's been ages since I've had clam chowder!

Tammy518 said...

Your chowder looks wonderful, and you had the perfect spot to enjoy it. The easy recipe you posted sounds good too. I'm all about shortcuts when pressed for time.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good Morning my friend...Oh girl thats looks so YUMMY!! and that view of the lake is to die 4 beautiful my Dear friend...Hope you and J have a great weekend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Michael Lee West said...

The view is inspirational. I'm so glad that we're getting little glimpses of spring. It's grim and grey here this morning, and damp--an Irish winter day--but I do see a band of light at the edge of the clouds.

I love the recipes, Pat. I can just imagine you cooking this and humming, enjoying the day and time in the kitchen. I have an idea that everything you make is infused with love. I mentioned your photography in my newsletter and linked here. I hope that's okay! I have a new Canon and I am struggling to get control of the focus.

Dana and Daisy said...

you must have a very vigorous work out routine. you and J eat so well! Looks delicious! I can almost taste it! Thanks for both recipes! I think even I could make clam chowder, which was a mystery to me before reading this post.
Love, Dana (and Daisy too)

Sage said...

What a beatiful blog! We love clam chowder; you really make is look and sound fantastic; I can almost taste it.

MrsJenB said...

This soup has me drooooooling! I love a good chowder and this one looks like perfection. I can't wait to try it myself!

Shelia said...

Hi Pat! Oh, there you go making me hungry again! I can just imagine sitting on your beautiful deck and sucking up that delicious soup! :)
Have a wonderful weekend.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;0

Miss Janice said...

How tasty this clam chowder looks in the darling clam bowls! I'll have to try the recipe. You definitely have an awesome view!

Marianne@Songbird said...

I am no fan of clams, so I'll settle for that view during lunch! Wow.

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

I know that I would love that soup. I also loved your 5 words, the last one was extra special... thanks

Adrienne said...

Your chowder looks and sounds good! I think it's time for me to make some for my sweetheart!

Tins and Treasures said...

This looks amazing! Hmmm...instant potato flakes to thicken? Good idea!

Enjoy Sunday ~Natalie

Pamie G. said...

I made Chowder recipe this weekend for my sweet husband, two sons and their wives and kids. My husband loves New England Clam Chowder. While cooking, I added seasalt and left the thyme in the chowder and removed the bay leaf per recipe. It was the best chowder ever! Even my oldest son loved it and he DOES NOT like New England Clam Chowder! Thank you!!! Pamie G.

Janel@Dandelion Dayz said...

My mom was a waitress at Noah's Ark when I was a child. I had my 9 year old birthday party there. I remember when they demolished it. We live in North Carolina now and it was very comforting to read your post today and see the Lake. I miss seeing it's beauty. So glad I clicked over from the Inspired Room today!