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Food Dude recipe: Manhattan clam chowder is great for game-time feast

Food Dude columnist Dave Cathey offers an award-winning recipe for Manhattan clam chowder from the archives of The Oklahoman.
by Dave Cathey Published: February 1, 2012

When notified she had won $150 with her Manhattan clam chowder in a 1983 Melba's Swap Shop contest, Irma Howard said she had just returned from a two-week art workshop in Crested Butte, Colo.

Howard, then 75, said she'd only started cooking a few years before because before her late husband retired she'd lived out of a suitcase 25 years and didn't maintain a home. She spent the last nine years of her life enjoying her newfound passion and sharing recipes in the pages of The Oklahoman. Howard died in 1993 at age 84.

Her version of red clam chowder is sure to warm the spirit of local Giants fans.


Serves 16

8 slices bacon, fried and diced

2 large onions, chopped

2 cups chopped, pared carrots.

2 cups chopped celery

6 (7½ ounces) cans minced clams

2 (28 ounces) cans tomatoes

4 cups water

4 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper

2 bay leaves

2 teaspoons leaf thyme, crumbled

4 cups peeled, diced potatoes

Chopped parsley

• Cook bacon in large kettle until crisp; remove and drain on paper towel; reserve.

• Saute onion, carrots and celery in bacon fat until tender.

• Drain liquid from clams into kettle. Add tomatoes, water, salt, pepper, bay leaf and thyme.

• Bring to boil; lower heat; simmer 30 minutes. Add potatoes; cook 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Remove bay leaf.

• Add clams and reserved bacon; simmer 5 minutes more. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, if desired.

• Source: Irma Howard.

by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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