Day 11 — Missing my Parents — 40 Days of Writing, Spring Session 2015

While whipping up a Chunky Bacon and Clam Dip recipe — to have with Ruffles potato chips — this afternoon I couldn’t help but think about how much both of my parents would appreciate this salty-crunchy, slightly chewy snack. We loved clams in any way, shape or form when I was growing up. I even learned to make clam chowder when I was ten, even frying up salt pork to go in it, then later adding potato flakes as a thickening agent.

What is it about certain foods that bring back memories of days so long ago, when life seemed so much simpler, and everyone was still around?

As I sit here sipping my chilled chardonnay, sharing a bowl of chips and dip with Chuck (while he watches baseball), there is a sense of complacency and even joy. Something so simple and delicious as clam dip.

I have served this dip at parties. One co-worker who fell in love with it at our Christmas party last year has made it half a dozen times since.

I know if my folks were still around I would have made it numerous times for them, as well.

Here’s the recipe, from Bon Appetit Magazine many years ago.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/chunky-clam-and-bacon-dip-with-pita-toasts-14052

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About kdanek17

A work in progress. Radio personality and voiceover artist. I love cooking, entertaining, and being with friends & family (which includes my dogs).
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