Senior Women: Best Friends and Best Clam Chowder

Feb 7th, 2010 | By | Category: For Senior Women

There are friends…and then there are friends.  We just spent the morning with a couple that we met the first week of graduate school when we’d moved our family from Iowa to Ohio.  Our children were little and we knew no one.  We picked a church nearby, went to it and after the service, this lovely, friendly woman introduced herself and invited us to their home for peanut butter sandwiches.  Our friendship grew quickly and strongly during the two years we spent in Ohio.  Our children were close in age, our interests were similar and the bond was there immediately. This was 150 years ago and today we spent the morning renewing this friendship. 

Margaret reminded me this morning that when they had invited me to join her, her husband and her mother-in-law for a long weekend houseboat ride in the Ozarks, I said to her, “help me understand,  you want me to join you on a houseboat for a weekend?”  Yes was her response,  they had room for one more and her husband suggested that she invite a friend she would like to spend the weekend with.    She reminded me that at the end of that trip we all went to a baseball game together and she remembers sitting next to me at the game,  our feet were up on the backs of the seats in front of us,  we were dressed similarly, and we were both talking,  just like we had so many years before. 

This noon, after our morning together hiking, we sat down for lunch and she and I ordered the same salad.  Margaret laughed and said how lovely it is to find that some friendships don’t change in spite of the amount of time we spend together…or don’t spend together.

Margaret and I cooked, sewed, watched children and talked together for two years.  And now we see each other only every once-in-a-while, but our friendship is still filled with warmth, genuineness, love, respect and laughter. 

Oh the joy of friendship.  And oh the joy of a good pot of soup.  The comfort of friends and the comfort of soup do not even belong on the same page….however, as I was thinking about Margaret this afternoon,  my thoughts of comfort also turned to this soup I’ve been wanting to share.  It is by far the best Clam Chowder I’ve ever eaten….and we’ve tried clam chowder in every part of the country where clam chowder is a speciality.  Another good friend gave me this recipe many years ago.  It belongs in my ‘Best Ever’ file…Best Clam Chowder Ever.

1 stick butter
1 large onion finely chopped
2 cans Doxie Minced Clams drain and save juice
Sautee these three ingredients for 15 minutes then add:
3 cans Campbells New England Clam Chowder
6 cans Campbells Cream Potato Soup
2 quarts half and half
 Mix well and bake in 200 degree oven uncovered for 4 hours.
Stir every hour and thin with clam juice as desired.

The last time I made this, my son-in-law asked me to use 4 cans Doxie Minced Clams…I did and didn’t regret it.
I believe you will enjoy this as much as we do…

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