New Year’s Reflections

I’ll confess to not being much of a Christmas person.  Although I go through the motions, it’s a bittersweet time for me, often hectic and stressful.  I usually breathe a sigh of relief when it’s over. 

On the other hand, I love New Year’s Day.  No pressure to celebrate unless we want to.  We can curl up by the fire, play in the snow or watch sports with the family.  Best of all, it’s a time to reflect and renew, the turning of a fresh page for ourselves and for the world.  What will be written on that page in the next twelve months?  What can we do to make the new year better than the last one? 

For me, New Year’s Day is a long, quiet breath. 

If you’re having guests, or just want something that’ll warm you to the tips of your toes, here’s a recipe for the best clam chowder I’ve ever tasted.  Enjoy.   



Ultimate Clam Chowder (makes 3 quarts)

1 cup finely chopped onion

1 cup diced celery

2 cups finely diced potatoes

2 cans minced clams (tuna sized can)

3/4 cup margarine or butter

3/4 cup flour

1 quart half & half

Salt and Pepper to taste

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Juice from clams  

Put veggies in sauce pan. Add clam juice and just enough water to cover. Simmer covered over medium heat until slightly tender. Meanwhile in separate pan add melted margarine and flour. Blend, cooking and stirring constantly . Add half & half. Stir until smooth and thick. Add undrained veggies, clams and vinegar, then salt and pepper. Heat thoroughly. 

How will you celebrate the new year?  Let us know. 


Wishing you all a joyful and prosperous 2009.

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4 thoughts on “New Year’s Reflections”

  1. We are not party going people and prefer a quiet evening and day at home watching football. Okay I am reading but the games are on.

  2. I’m making this Sunday! My hubby loves getting this soup when he’s at a restaurant so I want to surprise him and make it. I so hope I don’t goof up, LOL. Thanks Elizabeth!

  3. Thanks for your comments, and good luck with the recipe. I helped a friend make it for a party (it’s his recipe), and it was really good. Just hope I wrote it down right.
    Hugs and a happy new year to all!

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