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The smallest state in the union, Rhode Island also has the longest official name: the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. However, it is almost always shortened to Rhode Island. While there is an island named Rhode Island, most of the state (the Providence Plantations portion) is actually connected to the mainland. Rhode Island is wedged between Connecticut and Massachusetts, with a coastline that cuts deeply into the eastern part of the state along Narragansett Bay, ensuring that no matter where you are in Rhode Island you are never far from the sea. The Atlantic Ocean has greatly influenced Rhode Island’s economy, cuisine, and culture. The quahog clam shell is the official state shell of Rhode Island. A typical preparation for quahog clams is to combine them with sausage and stuffing and then bake the mixture right in their large shells. The Ocean State also offers a unique take on clam chowder; it’s a clear-broth variation of the creamy New England kind and is often served with deep-fried clam cakes, another Rhode Island specialty.

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Home Town: Coventry, Rhode Island, USA
Living In: Conyers, Georgia, USA
About me:
I was raised in Coventry, RI on a farm. This resulted in an early love of gardening and fresh vegetables. I lived near the ocean while attending college and grew to love all types of seafood and shellfish. Later, I married and started to raise my family in Providence, RI. I started to develop a number of recipes and was very influenced by my multi-cultural friends. My friends were Italian, Asian, Puerto Rican and Cape Verdean...what a wealth of exciting ideas and new tastes! I eventually re-located to Georgia and found very few interesting restaurants (at that time). So, home cooking was the way to go. Thankfully, there was, and is, a great farmer's market to buy ingredients from around the world. I even began to incorporate recipes from my southern friends (like fried green tomatoes) and treated them to some unfamiliar 'Yankee' cooking! Cooking has been a great way to please my family, stay on a budget, meet new friends and enjoy international tastes right here at home.

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