Mediterranean Style Clam Chowder

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The following is one of my all time favorite recipes, but it’s not part of the Rosie’s Riveting Recipes historic cookbook. It’s a recipe I’ve created myself with love and a lot of trial and error as a tasty alternative clam chowder for those with milk allergies or who may be lactose intolerant. It’s like a cross between New England and Manhattan style clam chowder, and I added some Italian seasonings to give it a little extra zing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Gayle Martin

MEDITERRANEAN STYLE CLAM CHOWDER

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic or garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 to 3 medium sized red potatoes, diced into small cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can diced, peeled tomatoes (14.5 ounce)
  • 1 can baby clams (10 ounce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil, bay leaves and Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Wondra flour or cornstarch

Chop onion and place in small stockpot with olive oil and melted butter. Add minced garlic. Sauté until the onions are soft and the garlic turns light brown. Add water, diced potatoes, salt (if desired), and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer on low for 10 minutes.

Add diced tomatoes. Strain the clam juice into a small mixing bowl and add the clams to the soup mixture. Add Wondra flour or cornstarch to the clam juice and stir until all flour is dissolved and juice mixture is free of lumps. Add the juice mixture to the soup and stir thoroughly. Add garlic powder, (if not using minced garlic), basil, bay leaves, and Italian seasoning. Stir and bring the soup back to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer on low for an additional ten minutes. Serve with rolls or garlic bread.

 

Cover photo by Rob Resetar

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New England Turnovers

from the Rosie’s Riveting Recipes historic cookbook
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Seafood was just as popular in Rosie’s day as it is today. This recipe from the Rosie’s Riveting Recipes historic cookbook is yummy and delicious. However, those who don’t feel comfortable making pastry from scratch should be able to get good results using frozen pie crusts. Butter can also be used in place of margarine.

Gayle Martin

NEW ENGLAND TURNOVERS

Turnover Filling

  • 1 4 oz. package shredded codfish
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 2 tablespoons enriched all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk

Freshen codfish as directed on package. Melt margarine over low heat. Add flour and seasoning and stir until smooth. Add milk, stirring constantly, until smooth and thickened. Add freshened codfish and mix well

Pastry

  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 cup sifted all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water

Sift flour and salt together 3 times. Cut in margarine with a pastry blender or 2 knives until consistency of coarse meal. Add water and toss lightly with a fork until all particles are moistened. Roll out on lightly floured board into an 8 x 22-inch rectangle. Cut into 6 squares.  Heap turnover filling into each square. Fold squares in half. Press edges together with fork dipped in flour. Prick top to allow steam to escape. Bake in hot oven (425• F) 15 minutes. Yield:  6 servings.

Modern adaptation: Fish can be freshened by placing it in a bowl of cold salt water for about 15 minutes. However, if using individually frozen pieces of uncooked fish, this step may not be necessary. Frozen pie shells or pastry can also be used, and any leftover filling can be served as a delicious topping over the turnovers.

 

Book Cover for Rosies Riveting Recipes
Cover photo by Rob Resetar

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Fish or Meat Soufflé

from the Rosie’s Riveting Recipes historic cookbook
Copyright Can Stock Photo/ ajafoto

Many common food products were scarce during World War II. It’s the reason why food was rationed. As a result, some recipes included different variations so people could use whatever they had on hand. This historic ration recipe is surprisingly easy to prepare, and it’s delicious.

Gayle Martin 

FISH OR MEAT SOUFFLE´

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 tablespoons enriched flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons enriched flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 cups flaked salmon, tunafish, ground or cooked chopped meat
  • 4 egg whites, stiffly beaten

Combine flour, butter, add seasonings in top part of double boiler. Add milk gradually, stirring constantly. Cook to form a thick paste. 

Beat egg yolks until thick and light in color; add flour mixture and stir until smooth.  Add salmon; mix well. Fold carefully, but thoroughly, into egg whites beaten stiff but not dry. Turn into well-greased casserole. Place in pan of hot water; bake in moderate (350ºF.) oven about 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until set, or knife inserted into center comes clean. Serve at once with melted butter, celery, or pickle sauce.  Serves 6.

 

Cover photo by Rob Resetar

Rosie’s Riveting Recipes is available on Amazon and Barnesandnoble.com.

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