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Old 12-31-2007, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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My Dad told me, so it must be true, that in Colonial America there were laws limiting the number of times you could serve lobster to your indentured servants--they were so cheap it was considered abusive to feed them in excess to the servants.
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Old 12-31-2007, 09:43 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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We had lobsters for Thanksgiving this year. We figured it was very authentic.
When we were kids, we went to Block Island, RI where my aunt lived. We had so much lobster we got sick of it...lobster salad for lunch almost every day...We kids would have preferred PBJ.
I'm making it tonight for New Years Eve.
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Old 12-31-2007, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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I like Lobster but Crab , especially Spider-crab is so much nicer and a far more delicious seafood in my opinion. Simply boiled with some home-made lemon or saffron mayonnaise and chunky walnut bread as an accompaniment and it is one of my favourite.
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Old 12-31-2007, 10:25 AM
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Location: MA/NH
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Eating dead things that wash up on the beach doesn't exactly sound like Royal Cuisine.
I'd like to think that the lobsters washed ashore would still be alive but just tangled up in seaweed tossed up by the waves.
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Old 12-31-2007, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I'd like to think that the lobsters washed ashore would still be alive but just tangled up in seaweed tossed up by the waves.
You're right. They were also found in small pools as the tide was going out.
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Old 12-31-2007, 11:40 AM
 
Location: in drifts of snow wherever you go
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My Dad told me, so it must be true, that in Colonial America there were laws limiting the number of times you could serve lobster to your indentured servants--they were so cheap it was considered abusive to feed them in excess to the servants.
Yes, this is absolutely correct! Lobster was once referred to as the "cockroach of the sea." Servants lobbied to make a law that only allowed them to be served lobster no more than three times per week.

Lobster became mainstream in the 1800s with the advent of the canning industry, which enabled lobster to be sent all over the country.

Greenie

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Old 12-31-2007, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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...Lobster was once referred to as the "cockroach of the sea."
It is really the "carrion eating spider of the sea".

I have often wondered if land spiders tasted as good as sea spiders, but I'm sure glad they're not as big.
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Old 12-31-2007, 02:07 PM
 
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It is really the "carrion eating spider of the sea".
Lobsters eat more than carrion. They also eat clams, snails and mussels as well as other lobsters.
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Old 12-31-2007, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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Hahaha... I have been trying to cut back on what we spend on groceries, and have been using lobster to help save money. Today it was seafood chowder. (Mr.DIS is a lobsterman)
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Old 01-01-2008, 01:08 PM
 
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Yep, I knew that about lobsters and servants. I love lobster, oh to have been a lowly servant back then.
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