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July 19, 2007


Tour Marm

Looks like you're having a wonderful holiday. The clambake was impressive and I'm sure that the luau will be as well.

Down here, we have pig pickin's and put a small pig or suckling in an oil drum cooker.

Don't you just love the summer?


Do me a favor, will you? (unrelated to the post) Can you drop me an email with a mailing address where I can reach you?

Thanks. :)

Tour Marm

Mmmm. Mmmm. Yummy!

Here's what we do down south:

When I was a tadpole, staying at my great Aunt hopie's 'cottage' on the York River in Gloucster, VA, I was given a long stick with a net on one end, a large bucket, and a shovel to fetch lunch. It was a way to get me out of everyone's hair and became a pleasant way to occupy my time.

Soft-shell crabs, Blue Crabs, and enough oysters for the family became my morning mission.

We liked to saute the soft-shell crabs (the less done with them, the better. Frying a Virginia soft-shelled Blue Crab is sacrilege) We also preferred to steam the hardshell crabs in beer and Old Bay. The oysters found themselves on the grill with the corn or fried in a cornmeal batter them, or simply shucked and eaten
raw. Potatoes are not part of the menu. Freshly brewed sweet-tea, freshly-squeezed lemonade, or a cold beer, were the beverages offered.

Lots of newspaper were needed for the table, and after eating a bunch, we would wrap up the remains in a layer of newspaper and dump some more crabs on the newspaper-lined table.

'O Oysters,' said the Carpenter,
'You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?'
But answer came there none --
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one.

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