National New England Clam Chowder Day Date in the current year: January 21, 2016

National New England Clam Chowder Day Everyone knows that clam chowder is served in most restaurants on Fridays. Today, on January 21, you've got to celebrate National New England Clam Chowder Day.

The first printed recipe of chowder was found in the Boston Evening Post dating September 23, 1751. The recipe called for pork, onions, pepper, salt, parsley, marjoram, savory, thyme and a biscuit. And all these ingredients are used for making clam chowder today.

It is believed that chowder originated in fishing villages of the coast of France and in the Cornwall region of Southwestern England in the 16th century. At that time any kind of chowder was a poor man's dish. It was cooked in a large cooking pot called chaudière, that is pronounced “chowda”. This is the most likely origin of the word.

Today we celebrate the only one kind of chowder – New England Clam Chowder, that is milk or cream-based chowder made with onion, potatoes and clams. Earlier it included tomatoes, but their usage was shunned by a bill of 1939 introduced in the Maine legislature.

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