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Clam Chowder

6 slices bacon, chopped
1 12 large onions, chopped
2 large potatoes, peeled,cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
3 (10 ounce) cans baby clams, drained,liquid reserved
2 cups whole milk (do not use skim or 0%)
12 cup bottled clam juice
2 (15 ounce) cans cream-style corn
3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme or 1 tablespoon dried thyme, crumbled


Cook chopped bacon in large saucepan over medium heat until fat is rendered and bacon begins to brown; add onions and saute until tender, about 10 minutes; add potatoes and bell pepper and saute 1 minute; add reserved liquid from canned clams, milk and bottled clam juice; simmer chowder, uncovered, until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. add corn and clams to chowder; simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes; mix in thyme; season to taste with salt and pepper.

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