Rhode Island's motto is "The Ocean State." Tourists and locals alike flock to our beaches and coastlines, including our beautiful Narragansett Bay. Rhode Island is also a foodie's paradise, with amazing Italian restaurants on our world-famous Federal Hill in Providence, seafood restaurants galore ("chowda!), and more donut shops per capita than anywhere else in the USA. Yes, we are proud of our food lore.
This month, I will be featuring some of my home state's various food traditions. Since Rhode Island is so well known for its seafood, I thought I'd start with a vegan take on a classic dish, spaghetti with clam sauce. I chose the very appropriately-named Inspired by Spaghetti with White Clam Sauce, from 1,000 Vegan Recipes.
clam cakes and just eat the greasy fried batter. I thought (and still think) that steamers look and taste like giant loogeys. And while I've eaten my fair share of clam chowder over the years, I never really liked the actual clams. Mostly I just liked the potatoes. And, apparently, the chemicals. So, yeah, I'm not sure why I chose this recipe, but I really, really liked it! Go figure. Maybe if I'd been eating cannellini cakes and chowder all these years, I'd be singing a different tune.
The pasta and beans were pretty substantial, so I rounded out the meal with some simple steamed green beans and garlic bread.
It was simple, tasty, and free of loogeys, which makes it a winner in my book.