Try this or your own favorite recipe for oyster stew, hut substitute clams for the oysters. The taste is great, the cost reasonable.
Melt butter in saucepan. Saute celery until tender. Do not brown. Add milk, cream, and clams. Heat slowly until clams are heated through. Do not boil. Season with salt and pepper. Top each serving with a bit of butter, sprinkle with paprika, and serve immediately.