Dreamy's Delights

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Vegetable and Clam Chowder

For some parts of the country, it’s been soup weather for awhile. However, here in the Bay area, it’s been pretty warm, upper 70’s yesterday. But tonight there’s a cold front moving in and it seemed like a good time for a nice bowl of soup to warm the insides and the soul. Of course, being the unprepared sort, I had no idea what to do. I invented something lol

Recipe

2-3 cups chicken stock (I used some that I made up this past weekend)

2-3 cups heavy cream

2 cans clams (throw the juice in too)

1 medium onion chopped

2 large carrots, peeled and chopped

2 small potatoes peeled and chopped

2 large celery ribs chopped

1/2 cup bacon pieces (You can chop and fry fresh bacon or use the pre cooked bacon)

This is a really easy recipe. Put everything in a pot, season it with salt and pepper and simmer for about 10 minutes until the vegetables are tender. If you’re using fresh bacon, fry it to crisp it and render out the fat. Then if you want you can add the onion and sautee until it’s translucent.  Then add all the rest of the ingredients. Either way, it’s very tasty and very quick to make. It was very satisfying and I loved the sweetness the carrots added to what is a fairly basic clam chowder. You can also add corn if you wanted.

The picture is a little hazy from all the steam coming up to the camera lens but you get an idea of what it looks like 🙂

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Grilled Trout

Today was my first day of work at my new job. I had to be awake at 545am and the cats woke me up two hours early. I could NOT get back to sleep… so dinner tonight is incredibly easy. In addition to a really simple meal I’m writing a really short and simple blog post.

I had to run to the store this afternoon and Raley’s had the most beautiful red trout. The eyes were clear, the flesh was firm and they were just over all about perfect. So I got some fresh chives and dill, stuffed that in the fish with some lemon slices and I’m gonna throw them on the grill.

This is a picture of the prepped but ungrilled fish.

And here’s the finished product. I but a tablespoon of bacon fat in a saucepan, added some dried toasted onion bits and a can of green beans. That was the side that went with the fish. Easy and tasty 🙂

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