Food Porn Blog: Bounty of the Sea

Well, I hate to admit it, but the fishing action hasn’t exactly been hot and heavy for the Bug Chucker, Inc crew as of late. I got exactly two cast in before I was kicked off of the rocks buy a quasi private landowner wanting to close his gate at sunset on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. KG was just in Key West and chased the sly bonefish at the bottom of his glass of SoCo instead of the ones on the flats. No bother, though, it isn’t like things have been very conducive to trout fishing as the heat waves and the drought of summer 2012 hits our area and two-thirds of the country. So, tonight, as a cop-out I’ve wanted to hold out on until the winter, I give you a food porn ala Anthony Bourdain type post. After all, when you can’t fish, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the gifts from the water. It’s tough to decide on how to present this. Random? No. Order of lesser animals to greater? No. It’s food porn, it’s my preference. As difficult as it is to place the different types of seafood in order of favorite, objectivity is undermined by the preference of the palate on a given day. But, as I sit here tonight, having just enjoyed a fantastic plate of shrimp and linguini (alas not very photogenic) made with fresh tomato and herbs from my garden, and after this past week’s east coast seafood crawl, I have an unscientific ordering of my preferences: The Anadromous Fishes: Striped Bass (Rock Fish) from the East Coast and Sockeye Salmon from the Pacific.

Grilled Striped Bass Fish Tacos

Wild Sockeye Salmon: Sustainable, Healthy, Delicious

; The Shellfishes: He’s crabby because he has blue claws…

Steamed shrimp with bay seasoning hanging out with some friends.

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That’s a lobster roll with a hotdog buried underneath and covered with “truffle” aioli sauce.

And my favorite of the shellfish the Blue Crab, preferably from Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay.

Cream of Crab Soup. Add in a little sherry, and if the spoon stands up straight, perfection.
Steamed with REAL bay seasoning, not that Old Bay crap.

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Something to wash them down with, and enjoy with a large group of friends and family on a summer afternoon into the evening.
The mess is worth it…

; The Party Piece of the Sea: Bivalves.

Fillet Mignon of the Seas: Scallops

; And finally, our friend, who now doesn’t let months without the letter R scare him. The food item, where the first guy to eat them had to be extremely hungry, the reef mad oyster. Don’t forget to tip your shucker.

Rockefeller and Hay Smoked, chased with grilled octopus and fried clams
Stuffed with hard salami, spinach and feta

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Raw, topped with red wine vinegar and shallots. The grilled asparagus wasn’t bad either.

; That’s it for our first Food Porn post. It likely won’t be the last. At Bug Chuckers, Inc. we like to eat fish as much as we like the go catch them. You’ll likely see some land animals on here too, most likely ones harvested by the crew. Thursday is Izaak Walton’s birthday, expect a post about the author of John Donne’s Biography and also the most important book ever printed about fishing (the third most reprinted book in the english language after the King James Bible and the works of Shakespeare) the Compleat Angler, yes, that’s right, it’s spelled Compleat. Enjoy some gin, – Steve-o

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