New England coastal fish
In honor of National Clam Chowder Day, which is celebrated on January 21, we thought we’d blog about this delicious dish (and maybe tempt you to put in on your menu, at least as your Soup of the Day!)
It’s not hard to imagine the first bowls of chowder – hungry fishermen making a quick stew to use up fish trimmings that might not make it to market… add some potatoes and vegetables, a bit of salt pork, some tasty broth and you have a quick, satisfying and inexpensive dish.
As coastal cities grew and restaurants became more popular, chowder became more elegant. Start with some delicious clams, add milk and cream to richen the broth, bacon for flavor, and a little packet of “oyster crackers” to create a traditional New England Clam Chowder. In the pursuit of defining regional differences, Manhattanites touted their own tomato based chowder. If you thought New Englanders would just sit back and worry that the Manhattan style might move North, according to this articl e, a bill was introduced in the Maine legislature in 1939 to make it illegal to add tomatoes to chowder!
Tempt your customers with a classic version of New England clam chowder on Tuesday, but don’t hesitate to get creative the rest of the week! We like halibut chowder, smoked trout chowder, chowder with corn and shrimp… Ordering whole fish? Trimmings make great chowder!
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Drastic cuts in fish quotas expected2012-12-20 13:50:31 by Citizen_J
By Beth Daley, Boston Globe, 12/20/12
With fishery regulators poised to impose devastating cuts Thursday on the New England fleet, blame for the disappearance of once-abundant cod and flounder populations is shifting from fishermen to a new culprit: the changing ocean.
Warming waters and an evolving ocean ecosystem possibly related to man-made climate change are contributing to the anemic populations, not just decades of overfishing, government officials say
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Fishes of the sea: The coastal waters of the British Isles, northern Europe and the Mediterranean
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