Date: Celebrated annually on February 25 (New England version celebrated on Jan 21)
Don’t clam up on National Clam Chowder Day, February 25. Whether it’s the red kind (tomato-based and known as Manhattan) or the white (cream-based and called New England), know that a bowlful of clam chowder is sure to satisfy even your fiercest seafood craving.
While no one can agree precisely on where chowder comes from or how exactly it was traditionally made, the word was likely derived from cauldron, which in French was chaudiere. It’s also thought to come from the old English word for fish peddler, jowter.
With a history that is centuries old, chowder was a poor man’s food that comprised just about anything edible at one time. Sometimes chowder was also called fish stew.
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