National Clams on the Half Shell Day - March 31NATIONAL CLAMS ON THE HALF SHELL DAY

National Clams on the Half Shell Day is observed each year on March 31. This food holiday is a day for the clam lovers to enjoy a unique dish.

The best variety of hardshell clams (also called Quahogs) for serving on the half-shell is the topneck, but you will find recipes using littlenecks and cherrystone as well. The topnecks run about two inches across, and the meaty clam is enough for a bite-sized morsel of Atlantic saltwater goodness.

Clams on the half shell can be raw, steamed, grilled or even smoked.

One popular “on the half shell” recipe originated in Rhode Island.  Often served as an appetizer, Clams Casino is a dish with toasted breadcrumbs and bacon.  Legend has it the recipe for Clam Casino dates back to 1917 and the Little Casino in Narragansett, Rhode Island.  According to Good Housekeeping Great American Classics, maître d’hôtel Julius Keller and Mrs. Paran Stevens developed clams casino for her guests, as she wanted to serve up something special and named it after the hotel.  The dish soon became so successful, word spread, and it began appearing on menus across the nation.


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Our research was unable to find the creator and the origin of Clams On The Half Shell Day.

National Bunsen Burner Day - March 31


National Bunsen Burner Day is observed every March 31st.  This day honors the birthday of German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen.

Named after Robert Bunsen, a Bunsen burner is a common piece of laboratory equipment that produces a single open gas flame which is used for heating, sterilization and combustion.  The gas can be either natural gas (usually methane) or a liquefied petroleum gas, such as propane, butane or a mixture of the two.  

The invention of the Bunsen burner opened up new opportunities for the use of natural gas. A standard tool in chemistry, the Bunson burner is found throughout schools and laboratories around the world. Most students become familiar with the use of Bunsen burner for at least one semester during their high school career. 

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National Bunsen Burner Day commemorates the birth of chemist this standard chemistry tool is named for.  However, our research was unable to find the creator of National Bunsen Burner Day.