I live in a part of the world (Yap, FSM) where I am unable to buy half and half, or even fresh milk. Nor can I buy leek soup mix. The only milk we can buy is UHT (Ultra High Temperature) milk in Tetra Paks. But the recipe sounded so good, I thought I would give it a go... I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. I used celery, onions, fresh garlic, and chicken bouillon cubes to make up for the lack of leek soup mix. I used a bit of flour in the bacon fat to create a roux and aid with the thickening. I was fearful of the strong flavor of the UHT milk, so I used less milk and more water, and added some Italian seasoning, bay leaf and a little freshly ground salt and pepper. The result was a delicious, thick, and creamy clam chowder, as good as any I have tasted in New England. I can only imagine how delicious this would be with real cream!
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I live in a part of the world (Yap, FSM) where I am unable to buy half and half, or even fresh...