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The Old, Grey Lady's got my crabs!?

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TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis Nov 26, 2011 05:30 PM

Recently shucked some locally sourced oysters and found one harboring a stowaway.
Quite lively and not unlike a translucent sawagani ...
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7012/6408348257_a73ec3ed40_b.jpg

Intrigued, I dredged this reference up from 1893 ...
http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-...

I assume that back when the NYC harbor pulled three tons of oysters/week, these critters, @ $1/pint, were quite the delicacy.

Steam? What? ... my new pet, please!

  1. JMF Nov 27, 2011 08:07 AM

    looks like the NY Times link doesn't work

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      TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis Nov 27, 2011 08:46 AM

      Google "oyster crab" and jump the 4th reference link on the Wikipedia entry for oyster crab salad.
      The PDF should display immediately ... then again, she may well dodder ... F5 tweak.

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      freia Nov 26, 2011 06:30 PM

      I have no idea what to do, but I have to confess I LOVE the title of your post....

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        jeanmarieok Nov 26, 2011 05:59 PM

        We go to an oyster festival in VA every November, and we find quite a few of these. My kids used to make us release them back into the water, but I am pretty sure most if not all died. There are people who just crunch them up. Not me, though.

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          TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis Nov 26, 2011 06:50 PM

          The poor beast seemed quite stunned by its rude eviction.
          Oyster liquor appeared to invigorate ... some.
          I knew what I had to do ... return it to the bosom of the sea.
          Given proximity, this meant committing its tender pincers to the Gowanus ...
          perhaps, someday, to breach the hoary banks and feast on lumber at our neighborhood Lowes.

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