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Iron Hounds Soft Shell Crab Battle; May 14!!

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galleygirl Apr 30, 2002 05:21 PM

I can't stand it anymore, everyone is talking about soft-shell crab season on the other boards! I called my favorite purveyors of ultrafresh Chinese-style seafood, Peach Farm Seafood, to check on their availabilty, as well as preparations...The upshot is, the hounds must gather on May 14, Tues, at 7:30 to answer the eternal question; which is better, spicy salt fried crabs, or ginger and scallion crabs? Whose cuisine reigns supreme!!

Of course, I also emailed a few hounds to see if anyone would like to share this pigout, er, crucial culinary consideration...Ninelives pointed out that we must add the all-important Mei-Kee eels, for which Psmith would perform interpretive dance, and Rubee said we must have wine... Exploratory calls to Our Man Tom, at Peach Farm, revealed there are several other Spring-only specialties that we should consider, among them, Black Sable, or Tautog, stir-fried with watercress, garlic chives(?) with sea conch, and pea pod stems with crab meat, and dried oyster sauce...Not that we have to have all of these, but it is Spring, and we must feast with the season! Or eat soft-shell crabs til we can decide!

SS Crabs at Peach Farm are 3 for $17.95, and the other options, as 9lives pointed out, are not inexpensive...But it's only spring once a year!

9Lives, Rubee, Yumyum, and I are on board; we have space for 4 more!!

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    galleygirl Apr 30, 2002 06:06 PM

    I had the date wrong!!! The real date is MAY 7!!! I am SO sorry!! Okay, now who's in? :)

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      The Rogue Apr 30, 2002 06:39 PM

      Darn! If it was May 14 I would have made the cruise from N'Yawk. Bummer...!

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        galleygirl Apr 30, 2002 08:27 PM

        Yeah, surrrre!! ;)

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          mimi taylor Apr 30, 2002 11:09 PM

          I am a soft shell lover, but no one said where ????
          I live in Cambridge.

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            9lives May 1, 2002 03:42 PM

            Peach Farm Seafood is on Tyler St in Chinatown.

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        C. Fox Apr 30, 2002 07:06 PM

        I'm in. As long as we're being microseasonal, where are we going first for fiddleheads?

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          galleygirl Apr 30, 2002 08:26 PM

          Well, I kinda thought you would whip up a batch in the seasonings that you saw fit! :)
          They didn't have'm at Peach Farm...But I'm kind of excited about those garlic chives. At least that's what I think he was describing, he didn't know the English..I said, "Are they long, like thin scallions, with buds on the end?" He said yes...Those ARE farlic chives, aren't they? I saw them at the Super 88 today, and they were just labeled "Special Vegetable"..That helped a lot...)

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          9lives Apr 30, 2002 07:47 PM

          oh good...May 7..I'm there..

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            Psmith Apr 30, 2002 09:19 PM

            Although I feel guilty about not regaling the group with my recent culinary adventures (parents were in town for several days, a trip to hong honk eatery, and more khao sarn data) I think I'd be remiss if I didn't step up to the plate as it were and request a place near the eel at Peach Farm to celebrate Springtime.

            If there are still seats available please count me in (like Flynn).

            -Psmith

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              galleygirl Apr 30, 2002 09:28 PM

              The eel has your name on it,sir!

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                Ben C. Apr 30, 2002 11:52 PM

                Argh... this is killing me... I love those eels!!

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            cjb Apr 30, 2002 08:06 PM

            Any way Scott and I can push ourselves into this? We'd LOVE to come!

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              galleygirl Apr 30, 2002 08:23 PM

              And we're at 7...You DO realize it's the 7th, not the 14th, right?

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                cjb Apr 30, 2002 08:34 PM

                Yup - the 7th works for us. Is that Okay? Can we fit?

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                  galleygirl Apr 30, 2002 08:42 PM

                  Yep, you're 6 and 7...

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                    cjb Apr 30, 2002 08:57 PM

                    Yeah!

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              Ben C. Apr 30, 2002 09:17 PM

              Damn! You know I never missed any chowmeets... but... got class on Tuesday nights. So no can do -_-

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                galleygirl Apr 30, 2002 09:30 PM

                Hey, are you gonnah have any stuff at the Feet of Clay Spring sale?

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                  Ben C. Apr 30, 2002 11:51 PM

                  HAHAHAHAHA,

                  ok, seriously...

                  My first attempt at throwing was a crooked bowl. Then I got side-tracked and did a pitcher/decantor for 5 weeks (I am a perfectionist when it comes to art sutff... that is why I can never make a living do that =p)... needless to say, I did not get much done....

                  oi~

                  But I hope to pick up the pace this summer though, hehe.

                  btw, I like Holly's stuff a lot. She is the lady who did all those slab teapots like look like handbags.

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                chuck s May 1, 2002 05:50 AM

                If there is room for me, count me in.

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                  Joanie May 1, 2002 09:25 AM

                  Man, I've tried to like soft shell crabs but they kind of creep me out. Obviously I'm in the minority.

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                    C. Fox May 6, 2002 05:48 PM

                    MOST regretfully, I'm going to have to cede my place at the upcoming crabfest. Life-beyond-chow is hard at my heels, and will be gaining momentum throughout the month. See you in June, I hope!

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                      galleygirl May 6, 2002 05:59 PM

                      Luckily, there is a first runner-up ready, since you could not fulfill the requirements of your reign.. :) I HEARD that there was gonnah be another dinner in May, but.....

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                      chuck s May 7, 2002 09:12 AM

                      What's the latest count?

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                        Rubee May 7, 2002 11:40 AM

                        Not sure what the count is Chuck, but I'm probably not going to be able to make it so my spot will be open. Sorry everyone!

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                          galleygirl May 7, 2002 12:30 PM

                          Seven, since that wimpie Rubee pulled out! ;)

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                            Rubee May 7, 2002 01:18 PM

                            Hey, I'm the one who is going to have to read a great review of what I missed! :( You sure you can't save some eel for me? Have a great time.

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