Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Fish For Mom

Moms are the best.  And I understand many will scoff at "Hallmark" holidays as corporate ploys to get us to spend our hard earned money on sappy cards but, when it comes to special occasions, no group of people deserve a day of appreciation and acknowledgement more than mothers.  I would argue that most moms deserve a whole month of gratitude, let alone a single day.  So, in the spirit of giving back to those who have sacrificed so much, I encourage you all to get out there show mom just how special she is, and if you are going to do it with great seafood, this blog is to help guide you to that special meal.

This week is a great week for eating lobster.  Prices are trending downwards as three new areas open up in Northeast Canada.  These lobsters are known for being succulent and hard-shelled, so they are packed full of tasty meat.

Domestic crabmeat is starting to roll in and that is great news because nothing makes mom happier than a delicious crab cake.  Fresh domestic, especially local Maryland, crabmeat makes the best cakes and this week the market should be stocked with U.S. blue crab offerings.  Speaking of crab, soft shell crab season is underway and this weekend looks like we will have crabs available through Mother's Day.  Get your pre-orders in for the softies because they go quickly.

Looking for scallops?  Go no further than your own backyard.  Ocean city scallops are being harvested right now and arriving to us just 24 hours out of the water.  Sometimes they come in still pulsing, and you can't get any fresher than that.  The sizing is on the smaller side, but the flavor packs a sweetness bigger scallops can not match.  They will be plentiful all week.

What's more, early shipments of wild king salmon are beginning to trickle in and BlackSalt will have a limited amount available for mom this weekend.  These beautiful troll-caught fish are coming from Sitka, Alaska and will be very limited, I advise you to pre-order if salmon is what your mom is pining for.

Also coming from the west coast, we will have decadent sablefish, also known as black cod, fresh day boat halibut, and live California urchin and uni.  These specials will light up your table and mom's face with delight.

Make this weekend memorable for the ones you love by sourcing the highest quality seafood.  Moms are special people and deserve only the best.  So, no matter whether you are cooking at home for them or treating them out to a fine meal, make sure that you procure the finest ingredients the ocean has to offer.


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