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A New England Symbol: Frying the Clam

Happy as a clam, sez you -

It surely gives me jitters,

To think my happiness will end

On a blue plate full of fritters.


Many will argue that there is no finer way to enjoy clams than when they are fried. Today, any clam shack worth its salt serves a version of this golden treat: soft shell clams dipped in batter or rolled in corn meal and dunked in a bath of bubbling fat. If people have been baking, steaming, smoking, and boiling clams for thousands of years, how did this late-comer arrive on the table?

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Bessie Woodman Outside Store  Clam Box

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A New England Symbol: Frying the Clam