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.