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Friday, February 5, 2010

New England Rat Patootie....mmmmm....

In the world of clam chowder there are two different kinds. One that is made with a tomato base, which is called a Manhattan chowder, and one that is cream based which is a New England chowder but why the chowder lecture when we're talking about Ratatouille? come to think of it, What IS ratatouille? In many European countries a similar dish to ratatouille developed which characteristically used garden veggies as the main ingredients.(http://ratatouille.weebly.com/history.html or, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratatouille)
now, why the culinary geography lesson?

Well, ratatouille is french, clam chowder is from the eastern united states,neither place have I been, so I don't claim to be any kind of an expert on this recipe. So eat and enjoy knowing that you're a world traveler at your kitchen table.

All the veggies you have on hand
whatever (just no tomatoes....that's for another recipe)
left over brown rice

1/2 brick of cream cheese
1/2 brick of Gorgonzola cheese (this is our favorite but try your favorite cheese)

grate veggies into the rice cooker. crumble or cut up cheese in small cubes and let everything cook and melt together. it should be done in about 30 minutes or when the rice cooker stops. stir once or twice during the process so the cheese doesn't stick to the bottom. It should be creamy like mac and cheese.

serve with some cracker or french bread! mmmm, now that's comfort food at its best!

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