New England Seafood Chowdah (the really good stuff!)

Now that it is finally starting to get warm out, I’m reminded of summers spent sitting on a Newport, Rhode Island wharf having a cup of chowdah (or chowder, if you’re not from New England). Growing up on the shores of Rhode Island, I have had many bowls of clam and seafood chowdah in my life.  I don’t consider myself an expert, but I know what doesn’t taste authentic. That red stuff from NY is a no, no for me!

Below is a recipe I have made many times that has been a proven crowd pleaser, even for those who aren’t really into seafood.  I add additional seafood beyond clams because I’m not into a lot of chewy clam in my chowdah, its a texture thing.

This recipe makes a large quantity – it’s great if New England is in the Super Bowl and you want to make something that fits the theme.  I’ve also made if for Christmas Eve as part of the Feast of the Seven Fishes.  My friends and family always love it and it never goes to waste.  I believe you can freeze it and reheat later, but I’ve never had enough left over to freeze.

Enjoy!

New England Chowdah

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Sea Glass Lamp

It’s almost summer time which mean beach time!  I recently purchased a few bags of beach glass from the Christmas Tree Shop when I saw they were $1.29 per bag last weekend.  I didn’t know what I was going to do with it at the time, but I figured I could find project!  Then I was wandering through Target and came across a fillable lamp for $14.99.  Project found!  I even found a matching shade on clearance at Target for $10!

Assembly took 5 minutes and it came out really cute.  I might go back and get more sea glass to fill the rest of the lamp or leave it the way it is.  The light really bounces off the glass and makes it glow.  The pictures do not do it justice.

Project Cost: $30 ($15 for the lamp, $10 for the shade, $5 for the sea glass)

Sea Glass Lamp

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