Well, I went and did. I tried to make clam chowder and I used clams from the market, not canned ones. I was clueless on how one removes clams from their little homes and was a little queasy thinking about it all, but it was quite easy.
When I was all done, sprinkled some parsley on top to add a touch of class to it all.
Before dinner, we drove up to Red Bluff, California- a 30 minute drive to the north. Lassen Peak, an active volcano and a National Park, was covered deep in new snow.