About shellseeker99

I love to garden, and to follow the seasons with cooking from what I produce. The quality and safety of supermarket produce is questionable. My garden is organic, and eating with the seasonal change with vegetables makes me feel in touch with the earth.

Ginger Chicken with Peppers


1 whole chicken breast (2 halves) Chop in bite size pieces.
2 small red peppers (julienne, which means cut into thin strips)
1 small onion (julienne)
1 bunch green onion chopped
1 tablespoon garlic
1/4 cup (yes, I really mean this:) of chopped ginger
1 tablespoon oyster sauce (available at Asian markets)
2 tablespoons fish sauce (available at Asian markets)
2 tablespoons oil

Heat oil. Saute chicken until close to being cooked. Remove from heat.
If wok or pan needs more oil, add a tiny bit more. Take chicken out of the pan and put in another dish. Saute garlic and ginger for a couple of minutes until they release their aroma. Then add the peppers, onion and green onions. After a few stirs, add the fish sauce and the oyster sauce. Add salt and pepper until veggies begin to sweat. Then add the chicken back in to complete cooking. Serve with rice or Asian noodles. This dish is heavily influenced by the ginger, and has a sweet and tangy component to it.


Hoppin` John

Hoppin` John

Soak 1 bag (16 oz) of dried black-eyed peas in water overnight.  It also works to pour hot water on them, and use within a few hours). Wash beans after soaking.

Sauté 1 ½ cups of chopped onions, tablespoon of garlic in olive oil.  You can also use 1 cup of chopped green pepper and a cup of chapped celery if desired. (I do), and sauté them as well.

Make spice mixture of:
1 tsp salt
1 tsp course black pepper
½ tsp white pepper
½ tsp cayenne pepper
2 bay leaves
½ tsp. thyme
Small amounts of basil, marjoram and mace 

Cook beans and a ham hock in 7 cups of water until peas are tender. Add sautéed vegetables and spice mixture and simmer.  Water should be close to being absorbed, but they should not be dry.

Take out ham hock and cut all edible meat from the bone.  (Dogs love the ham bone that is leftJ) Chop and put in the mix.  Stir and adjust spices and water consistency. 

Hoppin` John is served with collard greens (pieces of ham hock can flavor the collard greens). Never use sugar on collards. Toss a huge chopped Vidalia onion into it with salt and pepper and pieces of the ham hock. 

Make rice. Serve Hopping John over rice with collards on the side.  This is also traditionally served with cornbread.

Greens=dollars. Black-eyed peas=coins. Cornbread=gold. Pork=moving forward.
Happy New YearJ

Potato Leek Soup

The classic version of this is, of course, Julia Child’s recipe which is pureed, has heavy cream and crème fraiche.  I am not a big fan of pureed soups, for the most part, although I will eat them.  The recipe to follow has half and half and is not pureed.  It is definitely a variation, but is easy, nourishing, and can be served as a meal, with a salad and bread.


I prep each item ahead of time, and put them each in small bowls, and add.  This suits me, and I can concentrate and not overcook some items.


4 cups of small cubes of Yukon gold potatoes peeled and prepped.

3 cups of chopped leeks. (Most recipes call for a “bunch”, but I picked mine)

½ stick butter

1 tsp. each of marjoram, thyme, salt and white pepper

1 large stalk of celery

4 cups broth (if you want vegetarian, use a vegetable broth, or chicken or whatever broth you like)

1 ½ cups of half and half

¼ cup of chopped fresh parsley


In a good sized pot, melt the butter. Sauté the leeks for a few minutes until they slightly wilt.  Add the potatoes and coat in the mixture for a few minutes. Then add the celery and sauté.  Add the herbs and spices and stir until mixed.  Add the broth of your choice, and simmer until potatoes are barely fork tender (we don’t want to make mashed potatoes).  Stir in the half and half.  Continue to heat until serving temperature is reached.  Taste and adjust the seasonings.  Add the parsley.


Bon appétitJ



After a long absence…

Hi All,

I have been very lax about this blog.  Right now, as it begins to be harvest time, it brings up making recipes, putting up herbs, and vegetables.  My youngest daughter is doing a blog now about her adventures in exploring her culinary side.  This is a great way to share recipes, so I am back.  In my defense, I got out of it due to many things trying to get pieces of my time, especially last year, and then I just got out of the habit.  So..onward and to the garden.

Down East Clam Chowder

Attributed to Yankee Magazine.  The original and the purist version!

Attributed to Yankee Magazine. The original and the purist version!

This recipe is from “Yankee Magazine”. It is a simple, yet incredibly wonderful recipe. This is the one I’ve always used, and it is delicious.

4 dozen hard-shell clams, scrubbed, or 1 quart shucked cooked clams with their broth
1/4 pound cubed salt pork or 6 slices bacon
1 onion, coarsely chopped
6 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 cups milk
2 cups half-and-half or evaporated milk
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
freshly ground pepper
Pour clams into a large pot with 1 cup water. Cover, bring to a boil, and cook until shells open, about 10 minutes. Allow to cool, then shuck clams and set aside. Pour off broth and reserve, taking care not to disturb any sediment in the bottom of the pan.

Cook salt pork in a large saucepan over medium heat until the fat runs. Add onion and cook, stirring, until tender. Pour off half the fat.

Add potatoes to the pan and stir well. Add clam broth and just enough water to cover the potatoes. Simmer until potatoes are tender.

Add milk and half-and-half (or evaporated milk); bring to a simmer. Add clams and butter; simmer a few minutes until clams are heated through and butter is melted. (Do not boil or clams will be tough.) Season with salt and pepper.