Oyster Blog

May 6, 2008: Least Deadliest Catch

News from Here

Normally Hood Canal is a quiet sort of place--its mirrored surface unbroken by wake of kayak, canoe, or motor boat. But each year, on the first two Saturdays in May, boaters come from near and far to test their wits and wiles against those of one of the Canal's most elusive but delicious inhabitants: the Hood Canal spot prawn. Here's a brief and incomplete tutorial in how to catch Hood Canal shrimp: 1. Make sure your boat makes it to the water. 2. Prepare cans of Friskies cat food to use as bait.   4. Remember: mechanical pot-pullers are for...

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May 5, 2008: He Crab, She Crab

Tideflat Critters

These two crab were just, um, minding their own business when they were rudely flipped over and inspected. The crab at the bottom of this photo is male, the crab at top is female. Notice the difference in the shapes of their abdomens? Male crab have a longer, thinner abdomen; female crab have a shorter, rounder abdomen. They mate in the spring and summer. The process takes several days. For a beautiful description of crab sex go here. It's illegal to catch female crab, so all the crab you see on the market are, or should be, males. These crab...

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May 1, 2008: chocolate chip cookies

Store News

Two winters ago, on a cold November day when it was raining sideways and REALLY slow in the retail store, we started thinking about delicious fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. And so we started making them (from scratch!) to sell in the store. We make them with 1/2 wheat flour, 1/2 white flour, real butter, and real vanilla. They're real good. Granted, we probably sell most of them to the resident cookie monster, aka Adam the wholesale manager: But they're also developing quite a following with the local crowd. In the words of one customer, "They taste like someone's mom...

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Apr 29, 2008: Beach Combing at High Tide, part 1

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Apr 28, 2008: 25th Annual Fishing Derby

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Nearly 60 kids participated in the fishing derby last weekend. They had lots of fun and made lots of mischief, but unfortunately, between them they only caught 30 fish. Here are some of the lucky fisherkids: The biggest fish caught measured 19 inches. If you didn't catch any fish, then hold up your M&M's! Clearly that's too much gum for a 4 year old to eat all by herself, which is why her brother, in the background, has a gum-eating grin on his face. As at any proper Hood Canal function, there were plenty of oysters to barbecue. And only...

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