This is a creamy, gluten-free, New England-style chowder. When buying fresh clams be sure that they are all closed tightly. Clams that are opened are already dead and not a good idea to cook. Buy your clams no more that 1 day before you are going to use them. To keep them alive put them in a bowl and cover with a damp towel and place in the back/middle of the middle shelf in your fridge. (That is the coldest place.) This chowder is easy to make and very easy to eat. ;) I hope you enjoy!