Gut Rumbles

February 21, 2005


I like this guy, and as a blog-friend, I reserve the right to call him, full of shit on this post. He doesn't like seafood. Well, I don't like yankees, either.

I really can't think of anything that comes out of the ocean that I won't eat. I love oysters--- both raw or cooked anyway you like them. Sure, an oyster is snot in a shell, but them damned things are GOOD. Raw, steamed, roasted, fried, cooked in stew or stuffed. Sheer delicoisity.

Shrimp? Yeah, they may be the cockroaches of the sea, but I LOVE those critters, any way you can cook them. Bolied, fried, sauteed, grilled on a sish-ka-bob or filling a low-country boil. Put 'em in a salad. ANYWAY you cook a shrimp is good to me.

Squid. Go ahead and say "Ewwww!" Squid is delicious when cooked properly and I make calimari that'll make you want to dance nekkid. I also pickle it occasionly for an additive in a three-bean pasta salad.

Crabs? Yes, they are the garbage collectors of the salt water and learning to pick one takes some practice. But I love them boiled or steamed and a good deviled crab is tasty enough to die for. I make what I call a "seafood pie," which is mostly crab meat, shrimp, peppers, onion, cerery, cheese, busted-up garlic croutons and a couple of eggs to hold it together while it bakes. Graham crackers on the top. If you don't like THAT, you need to be dragged off and shot.

Fish. Sweet Bejus! Fresh Trigger is my favorite, but I'll settle for all the Black Sea Bass that I can catch. Stuff one of those with crab meat and shrimp and sharp cheddar cheese, grill it and serve it over a bed of rice. If you don't like THAT, there's something wrong with you. Red snapper and dolphin ain't bad, either.

Conch is good in chowder (Manhatten style) and I am very fond of shark when it's cooked right. Swordfish is excellent grilled, too.

Jim, if you don't like seafood, you have something terribly wrong with you.


Gotdamn, I'm geting a hard on. Sorry Jim, but I'm downtown with Rob on this. You need to spend some more time down this way.

Posted by: Sam on February 21, 2005 09:40 PM

Well, hell's bells. This is not a southern vs.yankee thang! I love fish. I love shellfish. I love calamari and btw I'd love the salad recipe.

We had grilled swordfish tonight. It was exquisite.

We ate lotsa fish in Wisconsin growing up. Trout, pike, walleye, bass, perch, sunfish, etc.

We make a pretty decent Shrimp Mosca.

Damn. I'm getting hungry all over again.

Mardi gras shrimp. Stuffed with jalapenos, cheese and wrapped in bacon.

Posted by: Kim on February 21, 2005 10:05 PM

I'm with Jim. I've tried a bit of everything, but I only enjoy shrimp.

My southern mama tried her best with me...can't blame her. I'm just a freak.

(Won't eat collards either.)

Posted by: Key on February 21, 2005 10:31 PM

Sorry Rob - seafood is hideous. Yuck.

Posted by: Kate on February 21, 2005 10:46 PM

Hmm, so you don't like Yankees, but you eat Manhattan style chowder?

Posted by: Mr. Lion on February 21, 2005 11:21 PM

Oh a lobster tail was just made by god for the express purpose of enjoying his other creation....butter. (the same goes for crab legs). Clam chowder rules! And its fish-n-chips night every Friday night (the deep frier rules).

ummmmm yeah, you *could* say I like sea food.
And a yankee to boot...go figure.

Posted by: Guy S. on February 21, 2005 11:21 PM

Just to chime in here, the only fish Ive found that I actually like is walleye, and I can take or leave that . But then again Im Catholic and having to eat fish on Fridays during Lent has left me with a sour taste in my mouth for all seafood.

Posted by: 7U on February 22, 2005 12:03 AM

Manhattan Chowder?

You really are a rebel hick. Us Yanks dig the New England mostest bestest.

Shark and swordfish are most excellent with just a bit of lemon and butter on the BBQ.

Mackeral, bluefish and salmon.. nah, too oily and "fishy" for me.

Posted by: rightisright on February 22, 2005 12:15 AM

What's up with all you people? No one has mentioned......

S U S H I !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

When fresh, like buttah in the mouth.
When stale, like what most people call fish.

Posted by: Nuttz on February 22, 2005 12:37 AM

Yeah, I know I'm a yankee and all but I crave sashimi.

Does that count?

Posted by: marcl on February 22, 2005 12:39 AM

I didn't think anyone else ate triggerfish. I'm one of the few people in Miami who can skin triggers and ocean tallies without a chain saw.

How can anyone not like lobster?

Reading this heresy makes me want to fry up a big pile of dolphin fingers in cracker meal.

You can't pay attention to yankees. They pay good money for cod.

Posted by: Steve H. on February 22, 2005 09:23 AM

Heh. I made fun of Jim for that post days ago, and I'm a Yankee. I was surprised you hadn't beat me to it when I saw his misguided sentiments.

I even shocked Jim and another reader, who likened them to worms, by mentioning fried smelts.

Posted by: Jay on February 22, 2005 10:02 AM

MAINE Lobster, NEW ENGLAND Clam Chowder, .... this YANKEE-born "southern belle" takes exception with your geographic bias

Posted by: Maggie on February 22, 2005 10:24 AM

I am glad thinks that way that leave more for the rest of us. Key doesn't eat collards and will only eat shrimp? Rob and Steve have their work cut out for them in Jekyll.

Posted by: James Old Guy on February 22, 2005 11:39 AM

Friday is seafood day all year. During Lent, we eat seafood almost every day and we're not even Catlick. I love a good thick juicy rare ribeye as much as the next guy, but I could easily trade it for any kind of seafood, be it fried, broiled, boiled, grilled, stewed or raw. There's nothing better in this world. I'll give Jim my peanut butter and I'll take dibs on his seafood. Thankyouverymuch.

Posted by: Dash on February 22, 2005 12:01 PM

Well, fish is brain food.

That's ALLLLL I'm gonna say about it... ;-)

Posted by: McGehee on February 22, 2005 12:46 PM

Dude, seriously, you need to publish a cookbook. I got a hard on to. The Calimari salad sounds awesome. I looooove squid.

Posted by: DaneBramage on February 22, 2005 04:18 PM

You really ate a dolphin, Rob? What's it taste like?!

Posted by: seriouslycurious on February 23, 2005 03:55 AM

If it was flopping around before I dropped it on the grill, pot, etc. it's damned fine eating. Raw oysters gotta be in the shell and fresh outta the bay. I've had some seafood that would gag a maggot, but then I didn't know how old it was.

Posted by: Ed on February 23, 2005 09:47 AM

That's dolphin FISH, not Flipper. Two different things, seriously curious.

Posted by: Acidman on February 23, 2005 02:09 PM
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