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Dilled Crab and Mushroom Chowder

1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup sliced green onion
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups milk
1 cup half-and-half or light cream
2 medium potatoes, cooked, peeled, and cubed
1 6-ounce can crabmeat, drained, flaked, and cartilage removed
2 teaspoons snipped fresh dill or 1/2 teaspoon dried dillweed
Fresh dill (optional)

In a 3-quart saucepan cook mushrooms, celery, and green onion in hot margarine or butter until vegetables are tender, stirring often. Stir in flour and salt. Add milk and half-and-half or light cream all at once. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture is thick and bubbly. Stir in potatoes, crabmeat, and dill or dillweed. Heat through, stirring occasionally. Ladle into soup bowls. Garnish each serving with fresh dill, if desired. Makes 6 side-dish servings.

from Better Homes and Gardens