The Ten Commandments of New England Clam Chowder
Don't mess with New Englanders and our clam chowder! We are able to recognize quality clam chowder no matter where we are. And with that, comes great responsibility. Here are the commandments by which we live:
Clam chowder broth should be creamy, comprised of chicken stock and heavy cream.
NEVER stray to Manhattan. It's just not clam chowder. I don't care what anyone says.
A little salt and pepper is great but if you wanted something spicy you should have gone with chili.
It doesn't matter what other soups are on the menu if you can see the ocean you know the clam chowder is the best choice to make.
If you are out to eat with family or friends and you ordered the chowder, it is customary to offer them a bite because you know they wished they ordered it.
This applies if you find yourself on the receiving end of the "do you want a bite" offer. It is fine to accept but take one maybe two bites tops. Anything more and you are a chowder stealer who should have ordered their own cup.
The oyster crackers and the spoon hold equal importance.
I have had bacon in my clam chowder and that is about as funky as I will get. Anything too crazy just takes away from the traditional delciousness of clams, potatoes and onion.
You will come across people who have yet to realize that New England clam chowder is the only true clam chowder in existence. It is our responsibility to help them see the light.