February 18, 2013

National Crab Stuffed Flounder Day

“Have you ever watched a crab on the shore crawling backward in search of the Atlantic Ocean, and missing? That's the way the mind of man operates.” - Henry Louis Mencken

It's National Crab Stuffed Flounder Day!

I’m always intrigued by food holidays that are THIS specific. To me, that means someone somewhere in this great nation of ours loved crab-stuffed flounder so much that s/he thought it deserved it’s very own day. Perhaps s/he didn't realize that this dish might not be so available to folks who don’t live near the ocean or didn't have disposable income.

Crab’s are crustaceans, usually covered in an exoskeleton. They shuffle sideways (the way their legs are shaped make this easy), and are omnivores that prefer algae, sea detritus, worms, mollusks, and plankton. Crab families work as a unit to make sure they are fed and protected.

Flounders are a kind of flatfish species found at the bottom of coastal lagoons. Their eyes are located on the same side of it’s body, so that it can lay flat against the ocean floor in camouflage to prevent predators from finding them, while also having the upper-hand on their prey (which includes spawn and crustaceans... sorry, Mr. Crab, but one way or another you end up stuffed inside a flounder).

Eating a plant-based diet? I've found that with the slew of amazing products now available, seafood dishes are actually some of the easiest things to mimic. So today, if you want to celebrate, but aren't sure how (because fish are friends, not food), try using Sophie’s Kitchen products!

Happy National Crab Stuffed Flounder Day!