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“This is an outstanding fish chowder - I make it every Christmas Eve. It is rich and delicious, and great for company. It takes more time and effort than a regular meal, but cooks in one pot, so it is pretty easy to execute. It actually tastes better if you make it a few hours in advance and let it sit. It is adapted from an old HP recipe book, but I have tinkered with it over the past twenty years. Serve with fresh bread and a salad.”

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  1. Saute bacon pieces in a large kettle or dutch oven until it starts to brown.
  2. Add onion and celery, saute until soft & translucent.
  3. Add garlic, bay leaf, thyme & sage. Stir frequently for about 1 minute.
  4. Stir in flour and cook for another minute or two stirring constantly. Do not let flour burn!
  5. Add water and clam juice. Bring to a boil and add potatoes. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  6. While cooking, wash and prepare seafood by cutting into bite size pieces. I usually cut fish into 1 inch cubes, and halve scallops and peel/devein shrimp.
  7. When potatoes are done, add fish to stock mixture & simmer for five minutes. Add other seafood and cook for two more minutes.
  8. Stir in half and half plus salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste. Heat through and it's ready to serve. Garnish each bowl with chopped parsley.
  9. Enjoy!

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