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‘Tis the Season…for Soft Shelled Crabs

When the season for shad with its glorious roe comes to an end, I always feel a touch of melancholy.
But just as the fading flowers of Spring begin to drift out of sight for another year, so the big bold colors of summer start to shimmer in the sunlight.
All endings bring on new beginnings, I guess. And so the departure of Shad and Roe heralds the arrival of Soft Shelled Crab.
This delightful delicacy is a favorite around much of the world. We in the South are especially lucky, since the finest of these crustaceans, always blue crabs, come from Maryland, which is considered the best, and the Carolinas, close runners-up.
Personally, I think that the quality of the crab is far ore important than it’s state of origin. The very best you can get are live crabs, although fresh ones can be excellent too. Once they’ve been frozen, they can be good, but they never reach the culinary heights of the other two. One thing to note: if the legs look papery it means that they’ve gone past their prime eating quality. Pass them up!

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Shad a Spring Treat

Once upon a long time ago (that is to say, up until 1995 when I moved to Savannah), I was convinced that Turbot was the finest eating fish in the world, especially the Turbot from North Atlantic waters. Then, a new friend of mine invited me to dinner one night to dine on Shad. This exquisite fillet, as bright and white as Turbot, but even more flavorful, won the fish wars, hands down. These days, it’s Shad and the plump bright red roe that so often accompanies it, which fuels my foodie’s dreams during the last dreary days of winter and brightens my evenings during the early spring season. So head on over to Russo’s fish market, buy yourself some Shad and Roe, follow the simple recipes and dine like you’re royalty.

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The Shad are here!

As far as us fish-loving foodies at SavannahBest.com are concerned, Shad are the best fish in the world,  from salt water or fresh! And here in Savannah, we are soooo lucky to have them, and to have that rare commodity,  Russo’s Seafood Store, where they know how to perfectly filet these tricky guys with a zillion tiny bones!   For more on  Shad and an easy recipe for an elegant Valentine’s Day Breakfast or brunch or one for  an equally easy dinner entree, just go to SavannahBest’s Cooking Page.

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