Island Chowder


As promised, in a February 24, 2020 column, below is a recipe to share and enjoy with your family this Sunday, or whatever day you mindfully set aside.  Comeback every Saturday to see what deliciousness we have in store. Enjoy.

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Here’s my favorite thin chowder, taught to me by an island friend.  Try it and let us know in the comments section if it’s a winner for you!

Island Chowder

One stick butter in pot, melt over medium heat (do not brown)

Add a big, coarse chopped onion

Add a cup chopped celery

Cook and stir until veggies are kind of clear, not burned

Add 2 cloves chopped garlic

Cook and stir a little, maybe a minute–don’t let garlic get brown

Leave contents in pan and scrape the pan with spatula to loosen bits from bottom

Stir in 4 cups chicken stock

Bring to slow simmer

Stir in 2 cups heavy cream and 2 cups whole milk (or 4 cups half-and-half)

Simmer again

Add one tablespoon fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried)


Turn to med low heat

Add 1 pound cooked crab meat (or choice of raw peeled shrimp, oysters, or clams)

Simmer until seafood is cooked, about 10 min

Add parsley, stir and serve

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Grace currently hails from the shores of North Carolina, a trial retirement location, where she programs and broadcasts a weekly local news show on (all-volunteer) Radio Hatteras. Homesickness overwhelms her many days. A 50-year resident with a heart for Frederick, Grace attended West Frederick Junior and Frederick High Schools. A de facto paralegal from the days when legal secretaries did much research and writing, Grace worked in private law firms. Other employment included IBM, radio, band music, Montgomery County Attorney’s Office, and a long term position with the Montgomery County Council where she retired as a facilities manager. Grace was a minority practical conservative in a liberal charter government. Notwithstanding that environment, Grace is a resourceful, logical, thrifty, innovative, and independent thinking woman--and a great cook! She has been described as “thorough and meticulous.” Having cut her teeth in local government for 28 years, she is well acquainted with the workings of charter government. Grace will share writings of her amusements and observations...and, yes, recipes!