After planning this dish for a month, I was able to make this today and I can say it was worth the wait. I was happy to see the lobster tails on sale at Fresh Market earlier this week and with all this rain we have been having, the chowder was the perfect meal.
I was a little nervous making it tonight because I was using a new recipe, plus I haven’t made chowder in a while, but before I continue let me tell you a little something about myself. I am sort of a perfectionist in the kitchen, what I mean is if something I make looks or taste funny, I am ready to trash it and start all over again, like tonight’s chowder.
I was following the recipe and everything was looking good and then I had to add paste, well I was doubling the recipe and put way too much paste in and once I started stirring my heart sunk. My chowder looked like tomato soup and I got frustrated, kicking myself because I knew better. Great, now I have a fishy tomato soup with no liquid ingredients left to start over and then I still had to add cream, knowing that it would just change it to a gross pink color. So there I am scrambling through the pantry and cabinets trying to figure out I can do because I was ready to trash the whole thing and then I saw it…chicken broth!! My soup was saved and enjoyed.
So my lesson I learned was not to trash my dish at the first mistake and how to use certain ingredients to make it turn out even better than what was planned. This may sound like common sense, but sometimes I need that reminder when I am trying a new recipe or my meal doesn’t look like the picture in the book, because things will happen when a meal is being prepared. Sometimes following recipes works for me and at other times it doesn’t and the best thing I need to do is use my better judgement and tweak some things when necessary. The exciting thing about this experience is that I already have ideas to make another chowder better and more flavorful. Hmm, I think making a bowl of Crab and Corn Chowder this weekend sounds pretty good!!