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Shoot Me NowIn The Kitchen

In The Kitchen
Published on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by

Saturday night found us on the Ocean View Pier, loaded up with all the night fishing gear we could carry.  The evening was beautiful, the sunset exquisite and the people around us completely diverse.  Indeed, the stories you can hear on an old, well-worn fishing pier.  Especially when most people fishing are three sheets to the wind.

Fishing Pier

Norfolk pier

We made our way home at midnight, our cooler of catch in tow.  Despite how exhausted we were, we had to stay up to clean the fish and cook the crabs.  By 12:30 in the morning, we had our croaker prepared and a pot filled with crabs bubbling on the stove.

But there was one more treat to be prepared.  While crabbing that afternoon, my boys had pulled up two soft shell crabs.  Do you hear the angels singing?

Thank heavens for boys.  My oldest cut the faces off the two crabs, killing them instantly.  I proceeded to clean them, soak them in milk and egg and finally dip them in a mixture of flour and corn meal.  Then off to the frying pan they went.

(DON’T I SOUND OH SO COOL?  TIME TO TELL THE TRUTH.  WHEN MY SON WAS ABOUT TO “PUT DOWN” THE CRABS, I RAN OUT ON TO THE DECK, COVERED MY EARS AND WENT LA LA LA LA!)

At one in the morning, my boys and I sat at the kitchen table with weary and tired eyes, eating our fill of both hard and soft-shell crabs.  We talked about our evening’s adventures, laughed and simply enjoyed being together.

clean softshell

catching blue crabs

This weekend in the kitchen, we had more than good food.  Because this weekend, we simply had each other.

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  • I love shellfish such as crab. We had lobster this week. But we bought it at the grocery story and then brought them home to cook. My wife was in heaven, after she’d been in the kitchen

    • You mean you took her to the kitchen, killed her with the seafood and then she went to heaven?!?!?! 

  • That crab looks delicious!  I could never catch anything to eat because I couldn’t possibly kill it. I’m a wuss and I don’t have sons that would do it for me 🙂

    • I am the same way Babs.  I feel sorry for the fish, although I WILL eat them…groceries are so expensive that fishing is almost a necessity.  And crabs?  Nope, I just can’t kill the stuff… I feel so lucky I have the boys who will “take care” of things – I could NOT do it myself!

  • Nothing like sitting around a table full of crabs with the family. I have done that my whole life and look forward to any time that I can do it! What a perfect night!

  • This is awesome!!!  I have never cooked my own whole crabs.  Not sure if I could do that after hearing the lobsters scream in the pot when my mom used to cook them!!

    • I can NOT be in the room when lobsters are being cooked. BUT… when they are done?  ha ha!

  • Ron

    Oh, what a wonderful post, Katherine. Both sweet and funny.

    ” WHEN MY SON WAS ABOUT TO “PUT DOWN” THE CRABS, I RAN OUT ON TO THE DECK, COVERED MY EARS AND WENT LA LA LA LA!)”

    Bwhahahahahahahaha! Yeah, that’s exactly how I would have reacted too!

    I don’t eat seafood myself, but looking at that one photo of the battered cooked crap is yummy. It looks almost like chicken.

    Love those first two photos. The sky is magnificent!

    X

    • Oh Ron you have no idea.  I am such a hypocrite.  I won’t kill ’em, but I will sure eat ’em!

  • Well, you had eachother, and a PILE OF DEATH.  I’m telling Neptune.  (He’s a friend and he won’t like hearing this)

  • You constantly amaze me, Katherine! This was a really lovely post, and the pictures of the pier are stunning! 200 points!

    • Yeaaaa 200 points!  I am really hoping for a few tomorrow.  Wait till you hear!

  • Holy crap! That looks SO good! Yum!

    • I was so lucky.  They took their friend’s dingy to the bridge pilings and scooped the crabs off of them.  FREE crabs.  It doesn’t get any better than that!

      • Maybe free lobster… but yeah, agreed!

  • What a wonderful way to spend quality time with your kids.  How fun and delicious that night fishing turned out!

    • It really was amazing… something I will never EVER forget.  My daughter had fallen asleep.  I wish she could have been there, but yet it was so nice to have a few minutes alone with “just the guys.”

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    I love crabs. I want to come live with you.

  • Oh that sounds like a great weekend.  I love crabs, too.  Had my first soft shell this year.  I thought it was good, but liked the legs the best.  Perhaps it wasn’t the best example of a good soft shelled crab.  The body part seemed a little tough or rubbery.

    Being together to share that experience was priceless.

    • It sounds like the softshell wasn’t prepared well.  I’ve never had a tough one – maybe it was just a tiny bit “passed” softshell and they prepared it anyway?  Or overcooked it?  The legs ARE the best in my eyes… crunchy, crabby goodness!

  • Mel

    Awwwwwwww…..what a great time with the kiddos.  A good catch, overall, methinks.

    1230 you’re making seafood?!
    Egads….what a dedicated mom!

    • I think we were overtired.  Plus, if those crabs weren’t cooked that night they might have gone bad.  And we WOULDN’T want them to go bad, would we! 🙂

  • Awwwwwwwwwwwww! How awesome!! 

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