Bread Bowl Love

Mondays are FUNdays in my life. Not so much because it’s the beginning of the work week (and five days of nine hours sitting in front of the computer, indoors, with no sunlight except the 30 minutes i take for lunch). More because I get to head over to Michele’s and have MONDAY NIGHT DINNER! YAY!

Yesterday, Anh Thu indulged us with her superfast clam chowder. She even slaved away all weekend to make us sourdough breadbowls.. j/k.. I would have to bowdown if she did, but, although she is completely capable of doing something like that, I know that her busy life doesn’t allow for the time. The store-bought sourdough bread bowls that some random baker at some factory somewhere slaved over to make for us did the job just fine. I was surprised at how quick the recipe is and how good the chowder was considering that it took her less than 30 minutes to make. Ingredients were super simple, although she was missing a secret ingredient and black pepper (which Michele has been out of since LAST YEAR… i.e., two weeks ago). We substituted Tapatio for black pepper, which was not too bad of a substitution. The end result was very tasty, and I can only imagine how much better it is when she has more time and all the right ingredients.I can give you a rough recipe, but I wasn’t totally paying attention, so I don’t know all the proportions, or the order.

I’m not sure if he looks forward to this or not, but Monday Fundays are good for Minh, too. He gets to reap the benefits of Monday Night Dinners because we ALWAYS have leftovers, which get packed up and sent off with Minh for lunch on Tuesday. We almost didn’t have any leftovers of the clam chowder, but luckily, we had just enough for one small (lunch-sized) serving. Pictures and (semi) recipe below.

I’m up next for Monday Funday cooking. Thinking of doing breakfast… any suggestions on breakfast favorites. Unfortunately, the group does not have a waffle maker.. although, I may be able to dig an old one of the garage. Whether or not it works is another story.

(Semi) Recipe: Anh Thu’s Clam Chowder

2-3 carrots, chopped
2-3 celery stalks, chopped
1 medium onion, diced
1 potato, peeled and diced
Water or chicken stock
1 pint heavy cream
6 T butter
3 cans baby clams, drained (yes) and rinsed (maybe?)
salt and pepper
Sourdough bread bowls – to serve in

1. Add carrots, celery, and potatoes to a small pot with water/stock. Heat to simmer.
2. Melt butter in a larger pot.
3. Add onions. Cook to translucent.
4. Add clams to onions.
5. Add veggie mixture to larger pot. Add cream. Add secret ingredient, salt and pepper. Bring to simmer and cook, stirring.
6. Allow to simmer until veggies are cooked (20 or so minutes). Salt and pepper to taste.
7. Meanwhile, cut bread into bowls: cut top “cone” out, hollow our soft insides. Broil in oven for 5-10 minutes (don’t burn!).
8. Serve chowder in breadbowl.

A brief note on pictures: I accidentally saved my resized photos over my original photos (::stupid Tran::). No guarantees that this won’t happen again, but I’ll try.


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