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The Scout Report and Clam Chowder

One of my favorite weekly reads is the e-mail that comes from the Internet Scout Report. What’s the Scout Report? Most importantly, from a reference librarian’s point of view, the Scout Report leads you to accurate & trusted web sites. Well here is how they describe themselves:

“The Scout Report is the flagship publication of the Internet Scout Project. Published every Friday both on the web and by email, it provides a fast, convenient way to stay informed of valuable resources on the Internet. Our team of professional librarians and subject matter experts select, research, and annotate each resource.

Published continuously since 1994, the Scout Report is one of the Internet’s oldest and most respected publications. Organizations are encouraged to link to this page from their own Web pages, or to receive the HTML version of the Report each week via email for local posting at their site.”

Why am I particularly mentioning the Scout Report today? Because they just had a great write up on New England Clam Chowder!

“New England Chowder Compendium
http://www.library.umass.edu/spcoll/chowder/

Chowder is a dish commonly associated with New England, and in certain quarters, debates over its creation can be quite heated. Over the past several centuries, church groups, cooks, and others have created hundreds of variations on this comfort food. The University of Massachusetts recently created a New England Chowder Compendium with the hope of investigating “the hows and whys of chowder’s rise to its place as an essential part of New England regional cuisine.” Drawing on the archives of the Beatrice McIntosh Cookery Collection, the Compendium site brings together dozens of chowder recipes, along with advertisements related to chowder and other items.
Visitors can browse by decade, and they can also submit their recipes for inclusion here. The “1920s” area is a good place to start, and it contains recipes for baked chowder, lima bean chowder, and corn and crab chowder.
Each section also contains a “Did you know?” tab with a fun fact. [KMG]”

So have some chowder fun today, and check out the other suggestions in this weeks Scout Report!

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