One of my goals in life is to make as many delicious things from potatoes as possible...They're so CHEAP! I absolutely could not believe how good this was. I'm a beginning cook, so it was a little intimidating how attentive I had to be to the chowder-making process, but that's just the way chowders are--and this was SO worth it. I've cooked it for everyone I know, so they think I'm some kind of fancy kitchen goddess. It's simply lovely to make on a chilly night (isn't it pleasant to huddle near delicious-smelling steam rising off of yummy food when it's cold out there?), and I like to serve it with beer bread. I often add more veggies than the recipes calls for, and have used all different kinds of cheeses as well.