Callinectes Sapidus and Persea Americana

Posted by on Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Last weekend, I went to the Potomac’s mouth, where it pours into the waving Chesapeake.  A group of some of my favorite women goes every year, and it’s so important to us for so many reasons. We talk and work on projects together and swim and paddle.  And we cook and eat together, as friends and loved ones should.  This year, we finally hunkered down and cooked a bushel of crabs over an open fire on the beach.


Oh, my beautiful swimmers.  These jimmies were healthy and fiesty–and not a sook in the bushel.  And they were the most delicious, sweetest crabs I’ve ever had.  Our amazingly talented friend Julia was able to come out again this year, and this was her first meeting with our local crabs.  When we opened the bushel she looked at the crabs, looked up at me, and said “You have blue crab eyes!”  I think it’s the best observation about my unusual eye color yet. Loading the crabs into the pot was one of the funniest, most chaotic things I’ve ever experienced.  And oh, the eating.  If you’re not sure why local food matters, you haven’t eaten great seafood fresh from the water.

Julia and Heather spoiled us with an fantastic Mexican meal, including a vat (VAT I SAY) of wonderful fresh guacamole.  The sea of avocado halves was hysterical.


You butter of the forest, you.  You alligator pear.  I wish I could grow you myself.

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5 Responses to “Callinectes Sapidus and Persea Americana”

  1. rhoon 21 May 2009 at 9:49 am 1

    Aren’t avocados the best – I didn’t make guac. but we had fish taco the other night and we thinly sliced avocado for each one — yum…

    Nice bushel of blue claws there …

  2. Rachelon 21 May 2009 at 11:30 am 2

    Oh, the avocados have been sooo good this year. Yum! I have a somewhat irrational fear of seafood, especially seafood that still looks like it came from the sea, so I’ll stick to the avocados. Glad to hear you’re getting out and enjoying yourself.

  3. gayleon 21 May 2009 at 9:43 pm 3

    Love. Avocados. Love. Them.
    The best sandwich I ever had in my entire life (and way high on the list of best meal ever) was a BLAT – a bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado sandwich on a ginormous onion roll. On Venice Beach. With my favorite aunt, and my oldest daughter. Bliss.
    I’ve never had crabs cooked on an open fire – local or otherwise. That’s something I still have to look forward to!

  4. Jinannon 22 May 2009 at 5:45 pm 4

    My mouth is watering! Fresh crabs and loads of avacado! Yum!

  5. Marfaon 23 May 2009 at 1:48 pm 5

    Sweet Lanea,

    What a post – good friends, good places, good food that is juicy & mouth watering. Life is good.


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