February 25, 2021 – National Toast Day | National Clam Chowder Day
Which Do You Prefer, New England Or Manhattan Clam Chowder?
Welcome to February 25th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a peaceful breakfast and a feisty lunch.
A Toast to Toast: On any given morning, a chill hangs in the air.
You shuffle to the kitchen and give the fridge a stair.
With one eye closed you grab a loaf of any random bread
Fresh or stale, it matters not… there’s one thought in your head.
It only takes two minutes or three at very most.
To transform ordinary bread into the crispy toast.
And as you watch the butter melt pleasingly away
You raise a cup of coffee to the best start of the day.
Happy National Toast Day!
Boston and New York have a rivalry that dates back centuries. One was colonized by the religious Puritans, the other by The New Amsterdam Company. Boston became a center of education. New York was built around banks. And, of course, the Yankees and the Red Sox. This rivalry extends into the world of food as well. New England clam chowder is a rich, cream based soup made with potatoes, onions, and pork fat. The Manhattan version is tomato based. They are equally delicious, but don’t tell that to any New Englanders. The region is so against the Manhattan recipe that someone once introduced a bill in the Maine legislature to ban the use of tomatoes in chowder. On National Clam Chowder Day, enjoy a hot bowl of this seafood favorite, but look over your shoulder before placing an order.
I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.