My father cooked the seafood chowder! He brought the recipe to Boston from his birthplace in Islesboro, Maine. I remember the tantalizing smell as Dad carefully blended ingredients.
1/4 lb. salt pork
2 big onions sliced
2 to 3 cups of raw potatoes (also sliced, never cubed)
2 cups of water
2 lb.s haddock or cod
salt to taste and 1/4 tsp. pepper
2 to 3 cups rich milk or par “coffee cream”
Fry salt pork in heavy kettle. Remove pork scraps and set aside. Cook onions in remaining fat until golden. Add potatoes and water. Place fish fillets on top of potatoes. Season. Cover and cook on low heat until potatoes are fairly soft and fish flakes. Pour milk and heat, but do NOT boil. Avoid stirring (so fish won’t break up too much) and serve with “common” crackers. These crackers are still available from Vermont Common Foods. Sprinkle reserved crisp pork bits on top of chowder.