Brrrrrr…. It’s Still Cold

It’s been almost a week since I posted about all that snow. As it has been for a lot of places lately, it’s been bloody cold here! I got my bread baked on Friday and then on Saturday I made dinner rolls but I forgot about them and they did the second proof for about twice as long as they should have. They came out tasting good, but looking almost big enough to be hamburger buns.

On Sunday we went out for dinner at the only Indian food place between here and Spokane. They only recently added meat to their menu. I didn’t care much for it but the kiwi seemed to really enjoy his. I suspect he’s been deprived too long. The only meat available was chicken or fish. And the chicken in my dish seemed not to be cooked with the dish but added at the end. No lamb. They had no Vindaloo on the menu. No Tikka Masala, no Korma, no Tandoori. And the Naan seemed like it was done with whatever they make Papadum with only thicker and fried in a pan. The one good thing to me were the Samosas. Then we get home and find out that Green Bay lost :( Grrr.

I have been working part-time at an audiology office filing and such. On Sunday, I got a call to come in for a full day on Monday as the office manager was going to be out. So, I worked my first full day on Monday and one of the audiologists was out sick to boot. I survived and get to do it again this Monday and Tuesday. Then again for a full week in February when the office manager is on vacation.

On Monday I also took Shasta to the vet to be spayed. She was so happy to see me on Tuesday morning when I picked her up. She probably thought we had abandoned her. She’s back to running around all over the place but wants to chew on her stitches now and again. She’ll get them out maybe by the 1st.

And last night I made (New England) Clam Chowder for the first time ever. I decided I wanted to put corn in it too because I had this great crab and corn chowder somewhere that was really scrumptious. The kiwi didn’t like the corn in it and we both thought it needed to be a bit thicker but I think it came out pretty well. We pulled one of my breads from Friday out of the freezer and had that with the soup. I had way too much soup :D The recipe below is what I adapted from a recipe I found online:

CLAM CHOWDER

INGREDIENTS:

* 3-4 slices bacon, diced
* 1 medium onion, chopped
* 1 rib of celery, finely diced
* 1 clove of garlic, finely minced
* 2 diced Russet potatoes
* 1 small can of corn
* 1 bottle (8 ounces) clam juice
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon pepper
* 2 cans (approximately 7 ounces each) minced clams
* 3-4 tablespoons flour
* 2 cups half-and-half
* 1 cup whole milk

PREPARATION:
Cook bacon until crisp in a Dutch oven or large, heavy saucpan. Remove bacon to paper towels with slotted spoon; drain. Add onion, celery and garlic to bacon drippings; sauté until softened. Add potatoes, corn and clam juice, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Remove from heat. Add minced clams with their liquid. Whisk flour into milk; add to chowder with half-and-half. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until clam chowder thickens and bubbles, or about 3 minutes.
Clam chowder recipe serves 4.