Crinella Family Cookbook
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Table of Contents
Veal Stock for Minestrone
Nona Crinella's Egg Ribbon Soup
Quick Clam Chowder
Lavagna Fish Stew
Pasta E Fagioli (I)
Tortellini in Turkey Broth
Pasta E Fagioli (II)
Sonoma Fish Soup
Marian Crinella's Quick Clam Chowder
Here's another of Marian Crinella's quick soups. Friday meant no meat,
even after the laws of Catholic Church changed. It was also a busy night,
with the kids going to movies, football or basketball games, or dances
(held at the Petaluma Roost Club every Friday night). The older folks
attended events at one of the many social and/or church organizations that
characterized life in small towns during the 40's and 50's (such
activities diminished rather dramatically with the advent of television).
But the family still had to be fed, and Marian Crinella was always on the
lookout for a quick recipe for Friday night, the busiest night of the week
and one that would not fill her house with the smell of cooked fish.
2 cans (about 8 ounces each) of clams, including juice
2 large white onions, finely chopped
4 stalks of celery, finely chopped
4 medium baking potatoes, peeled and diced
6 medium cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon, dried tarragon
1 bay leaf, whole
1 teaspoon, white pepper
1 teaspoon, salt
1/2 cup, sweet sherry
1/4 cup, olive oil
1/2 cube, sweet butter
2 medium cans (about 15 ounces each), peeled and chopped tomatoes,
2 cans (about 15 ounces), water
Sauté onion, celery, parsley, garlic, and diced potatoes in olive oil and
butter, over medium heat, until potatoes are tender.
Add sherry, and stir
until about half the sherry cooks off.
Add canned tomatoes and all
spices. Cook for 20 minutes, until tomatoes have slightly decomposed.
Add clams and juice, simmer for another 5 minutes. Do not overcook clams,
as they will get tough.
Serve with sourdough French bread and dry white
wine, nothing else is needed.
Serves 8 as first course, 4 as main
Enjoy with our
2006 Pinot Noir.