I made this exactly as written with one very important exception - I didn't add the 1 tsp. salt. Truly, it's not needed and I think it would have ruined the finished product by making it too salty.
I think some other reviews could leave some readers confused. This really isn't a cajun dish, BUT it does call for hot sauce. If you don't like spicy food, don't add the hot sauce (or add just a teeny tiny bit - it really does add a wonderful dimension to the chowder). Lots of folks don't like the taste of tarragon and/or dill - leave either out if you're one of them. I think these herbs add a lovely complexity to the dish, but hey, if you don't like them, it won't work for you. And if you're watching calories or fat/cholesterol levels, then you could use a lower fat alternative to the half and half. Yes, it adds a richness, but thanks to all the other wonderful ingredients, it will be almost as rich and decadent with a lighter version.
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I made this exactly as written with one very important exception - I didn't add the 1 tsp....