this chowder has a relationship to new bedford and the area new englanders call south coast, which includes that part of southeastern massachusetts west of cape cod and a small piece of eastern rhode island. the area is ethnically diverse, with a large portuguese population, but everyone, even those who aren'tsp portuguese, loves good food. i served this chowder recently to a group at sakonnet vineyards in little compton, rhode island. as soon as word got out that there was chourico (a dry, spicy, garlicky portuguese sausage) in the chowder, the crowd demolished it. almost everyone in this region loves chourico, which the locals pronounce shore-eese. all over new england where the portuguese have settled, chourico is included in clambakes, clam boils, and other traditional yankee fare.