Clam chowder is any of several chowders containing clams and broth. Along with the clams, diced potato is common, as are onions, which are occasionally sauteed in the drippings from salt or bacon. Celery is frequently used. Other vegetables are uncommon, but small carrot strips might occasionally be added, primarily for color. A garnish of parsley serves the same purpose. Bay leaves are also sometimes used as a garnish and flavoring. It is believed that clams were added to chowder because of their relative ease to collect- exceprt from wikipedia
Clam chowder is often served in restaurants on Fridays in order to provide a seafood option for those who abstain from meat every Friday, which used to be a requirement for Catholics before liturgical changes in Vatican II. Though the period of strict abstinence from meat on Fridays was reduced to Lent, the year-round tradition of serving clam chowder on Fridays remains.
Well you dont have to wait till Friday to have you chouder...any time you found one just make this...honestly its delicious and pair with any buns, rolls or crackers.....awesome
NEW ENGLAND CLAM CHOUDER
Recipe adapted from :- http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2012/11/new-england-clam-chowder