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Corn Chowdah! 
 
Oct. 16, 2012 6:37 am 
Updated: Nov. 1, 2012 6:25 pm

I am a child of the ocean. I was born in PA (shhh don’t tell) and moved to Cape Cod before I could walk. I was raised in the bay and cranberry bogs. I lived there for 20+ years among fishermen and cranberry bogs. When I was 15 I went to work for WHOI/NOAA Aquarium in Woods Hole, MA.  When I left the other intern and I started the “Free the Lobsters” campaign and released all the lobsters in the touch tank back into the ocean. I am sure they got new ones, but at least the ones that had been tortured by little kids all summer had a chance at a new life in the harbor.  When I was 22, I volunteered at the New England Aquarium in the Seal/Sea Lion Dept. It isn’t as glamorous as it seems. Most of my days were spent prepping mackerel for the animals. But it was totally worth it. But one thing I realized while working for WHOI/NOAA was that for me, eating fish was not an option. It just didn’t feel right. I could not eat fish and then come work with them the next day.

Then I met the love of my life. His family was amazing. His father used to be an Alaskan fisherman and was now a boat captain. They had looked past all of the mistakes I had made in my past and how I was trying to get back on my feet. The thing I dreaded most was telling them, I did not eat fish. But they accepted that too for the most part. Sometimes they still try. But I just eat around it.  It isn’t an allergy, it is a life choice. As Bruce in Finding Nemo said “Fish are friends, not food.” I don’t mind people eating fish in front of me. I don’t lecture them, I just chose not to eat it myself.

That being said, I did grow up on the Cape, and when I DID eat fish I loved Clam Chowder. The thick kind filled with clams and a white cream sauce was the best, if it had a little bacon in it, you hit the clam chowder jackpot.  I do miss it. I have tried corn chowder in a few places, but it is never quite a good substitute. It is too thin or too watery, tasteless or just bland. Then I found this recipe for CORN CHOWDER. I fell in love. I have never made soup like this before. I wasn’t sure I could do it. But I did. No cans involved. And it was amazing. Even the kids asked for seconds. Not abnormal, except for the fact that I had forgotten to buy crackers!! They ate soup with no crackers!  I will totally do this again. It is perfect for the weather coming up around here. A chill in the air… before we know it the snow will be here. I will have to keep everything on hand so when we are snowbound, I can make this tasty treat!

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Oct. 16, 2012 7:58 am
I lived in cape cod, on the cape. walking distance from the water. very nice, but I was only about 5 years old and don't remember much except going swimming. I have not had clam chowder since about 1960, and my wife has no interest. Some day I may get to try it again.
 
Oct. 16, 2012 3:17 pm
@KingSparta... everyone should try it once... a REALLY GOOD thick hearty chowder...Do they only have the fake red chowder in NJ?
 
Oct. 16, 2012 6:57 pm
no clue since I have not eaten any in 50+ years. but my nephew is a scallop fisherman and goes up your way for some nice silver dollar size scallops.
 
Oct. 16, 2012 6:58 pm
I should have said captain of a scallop fishing boat.
 
Joan from Cape Cod 
Oct. 19, 2012 6:02 pm
HI, I LOVED THIS POST !! I,TOO,LIVE ON CAPE COD. I, AM A "WASH-A-SHORE" (MEANING, ANYONE WHO CAME HERE,TO LIVE, BUT, WAS NOT BORN HERE!) I DO LOVE FISH, NOW, I NEVER LIKED IT WHEN I HAD TO EAT IT ON FRIDAYS, GROWING UP. HOWEVER, I THINK IT WAS WONDERFUL, THAT YOU FREED THE LOBSTERS !! MY GRANDCHILDREN LOVE TO VISIT THE OCEANIGRAFIC INSTITUTE AND PLAY WITH THE SEA CREATURES IN THE VISITERS CENTER. WE LOVE THE SEALS THERE. I THINK THAT I WOULD FREE THE SEALS, IF, I COULD !! IT WAS FUN, HEARING YOUR STORY. YOU, SOUND LIKE A FUN PERSON, TO KNOW ! SINCERELY, JOAN FROM CAPE COD
 
Oct. 19, 2012 6:40 pm
Loved, loved, loved your post!! I totally get your fish thing. I will not eat Bambi, Thumper or Mary's Little Lamb. Can't do it, no way. I also refuse to eat shellfish, because of the way they earn a living. Nope, not gonna eat things that eat what they eat. That said, chickens are ugly and deserve to be devoured. And if the gods don't want us to eat cows, why do they taste like hamburgers? :)
 
Nov. 1, 2012 6:25 pm
Lucy.. hahahaha Hamburgers are pretty awesome!!! Joan... Thanks so much... I loved the seals.. I worked with the ones in Boston (Sea Lions too) for a while.... They are just like people when you get to know them. :)
 
 
 
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Cathy Chace

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