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Only for those who aren't paranoid about raw egg. Which I'm not. I'm a cookie dough eater. :D

1 raw egg yolk
a few tbs. of sugar
1/4 cup cream
3/4 cup milk
spices
vanilla
whisky/rum/whatever

Whip the egg yolk up a little in the glass. (You need a small whisk for this. If you haven't got a small whisk, whip it in a bowl instead.) Add sugar (I use about 1tbsp, but most people will probably want 2, I don't like mine very sweet.) and whip it up some more. Throw everything else into the glass and stir. The spices I use are nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and clove, a dash of each, slightly more nutmeg. Dash of vanilla, and two dashes of alcohol, the aim being not to make it alcoholic, but just to add a little touch of flavor. If you've added a whole shot, well... have fun, I guess, but I find it nicer when it's not making me drunk.

There are recipes where you pasturize the egg, and do all this stuff to make it thicker, yadda, yadda, yadda, but I really don't find they're any nicer than just throwing everything into a glass. And I'm not going to get out the double boiler and steam 1/4 cup of cream and one single egg yolk. That's just silly.
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It sounds complicated, but honestly it's not.

2 tbs. chopped yellow onion
2 tbs butter
1 tbs flour
Lowry's Season Salt
white pepper (black pepper will do, but white is better)
dried parsley
salt
1 large potato (I like yukon gold or russet)
1 carrot
1/2 stick celery
2-3 cups milk
4 tbs grated parmesan cheese
3 tbs white wine

Makes two servings.

Chop up the onion. Melt the butter in the bottom of your pot, then throw the onion in and cook on med-low until it's translucent. Add the flour and stir in thoroughly. Then add the pepper, salt, parsley and season salt. (I really do suggest using the Lowry's. If you haven't got that, it's just not going to be the same. You can make do with a little garlic, some parprika, and whatever else sounds like it might go, but honestly the stuff is awesome and it goes with everything, red meat, white meat, veggies, dairy, everything. It's the only time in my life I've actually used up a spice jar all the way to the bottom and had to buy another one, was a few weeks ago when I polished off the last of a jar of the stuff. Anyhow.) I haven't got exact ammounts for those, I just add a good sprinkle until it looks right. Mix all that up and let it cook for a minute or so. It should start to smell like heaven at this point. :D

Next slice up and add the carrot, celery and potato. Add milk until it covers everything. (I think it's around 2 cups, but I could be wrong. Doesn't matter anyhow. All the measurements here are imprecise, feel free to adjust them.) Continue to cook on med-low or low (just enough to get the milk simmering, but not enough for a full boil) stirring regularly until the potatoes are tender. Add white wine and parmesan and cook for another 1-2 minutes. I forgot the wine this time, but it came out just fine. That's optional. You seriously do want to include the cheese though. You don't want much, but it ads a lot to the flavor.

This is the best chowder I've had. And you can make it into any other sort of chowder you like, really. I'm sure it'd be great with some clams stirred in, and I plan on doing it as a corn chowder, using corn flour and adding corn kernels. It's just plain delicious, and is quite simple to make. And I frequently make it as a cheese chowder, with a generous amount of cheddar grated in right before eating. Don't do this if you're making extra to save for later though, the cheese goes weird when it cools. Add cheddar just to the bowl you're eating and not the whole pot, if you won't eat it all on the spot.
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Getting Brie that's not gone past it's prime appears to be something of a challenge. This one's edible, but it's starting to solidify and develop a faint bitter aftertaste.

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