The Dexter family of Westport, Massachusetts, has been hosting a Labor Day picnic for 100 years. A book sold at this year's picnic includes an "old family recipe" for the chowder served at the event.
The recipe is printed on the inside back cover of the book, and precision is the key with directions:
"It is essential to cook on a granite base, with a SW wind, and granite wall not less than 10 feet high to the NE."
Or, "Salt Pork: diced in 5/8" cubes with surgical scalpel."
And, "Remove from fire and add milk and cream. Serve not less than 25 yards to leeward and not less than 10 feet above the level of the fire." [Link]