Some Fun Chowder Facts!
- New England clam chowder shares the number one spot of most served soups in the United States with chicken noodle.
- In 1939 Maine Assemblyman Seeder attempted to pass legislation making it illegal to put tomatoes in clam chowder.
- The addition of tomatoes in place of milk was initially the work of Portuguese immigrants in Rhode Island, as tomato-based stews were already a traditional part of Portuguese cuisine. Scornful New Englanders called this modified version “Manhattan-style” clam chowder because, in their view, calling someone a New Yorker is an insult.
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