|Chowder at Newport's Black Pearl|
And it invites conversation. One of the oldest and most hotly debated New England questions is "What kind of clam chowder is the best?" This can elicit not only the digging up of old recipes, but a weekend-long road trip to taste samples first hand.
Some swear by Cappy's in Camden.
|At the Black Pearl|
Some inevitably prefer the "variety" that was first created in Rhode Island, and was the subject of such state-wide pride that they quickly named it "Manhattan Clam Chowder." But this "chowder" was so offensive to so many New Englanders that in 1939 a bill was put forth in the state of Maine that would have made calling clam chowder made with tomatoes illegal. It came close to passing. (Some New Yorkers deny all knowledge of it, and swear they've been framed, wrote CooksInfo.com). I agree with the position that puts this in the soup category.
There are many foods I could give up. New England clam chowder simply isn't one of them.
|We enjoyed our chowder today with some cider.|
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