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June 15th, 2011
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Consider the lobster - June 15 is National Lobster Day!

Although this fruit of the sea graces many tables across North America, we didn't develop a taste for the crustacean until the mid-1800s.  You can thank your fellow Bostonians and New Yorkers for that, as well as the invention of the lobster smack, a special boat that created a livelihood for lobster men everywhere.

Pre-smack, the bottom-feeding lobster was a mark of culinary poverty and only considered food for indentured servants and the poor in Maine and Massachusetts.  Now, it's one of our favorite luxuries.

Don't let this scene from Julie & Julia frighten you away from enjoying your favorite lobster dishes.  Ladle up lobster bisque or stew, bake it in a casserole or stuff it in a roll.  You can also whip up classics like Lobster Newberg, Lobster Thermidor, stuffed lobster tails or just dip it in clarified butter (which, as we know, makes everything better).

So - whaddya waiting for? Get cracking!

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  1. Yummers

    I love the green tamali (the liver) on toast.

    June 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
  2. Marie

    Here in Newfoundland, Canada, even in the early 20th century, lobster was considered food of the poor. I have heard stories from the older generations that their parents would bury the leftover lobster shells in their gardens, for fear that their neighbors would discover they had eaten lobster for dinner. It was considered a bottom dweller that fed on the scarps and waste of the ocean....but boy, does it taste good. Even the hard red stuff in the body! We call it 'sweetbread', not sure the actual name or what it is exactly.

    June 15, 2011 at 10:10 am |
    • Ms. Grammar

      That's the BEST part. It's the roe from female lobsters. Gonna get me some fresh-from-the-sea lobster, this weekend. Heading down to Cape May, NJ. It goes from the wharf to the restaurant kitchen in 10 steps. Can't get much fresher than that.

      June 15, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  3. Mildred

    It is amusing that something considered to be one of the delicacies of the modern era was once a food for only the poor, indentured servants, the lowest members of society. In fact, servants specified in employment agreements that they would not eat lobster more than twice per week! (info from Wikipedia, backed by other sources)

    June 15, 2011 at 9:07 am |
  4. RichardHead

    I'd Hit it,oh wait..wrong place,never mind.

    June 15, 2011 at 9:03 am |
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