We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I had the delight of attending a Connecticut Shad Bake on Sunday after a day of trout fishing. My pic above of shad (with lardons) on planks, with a tray of shad roe above. Shad roe is a special food for us. Shad Bakes are done on rough planks over an open wood fire.
Shad are anadromous fish which migrate up rivers to breed in April and the beginning of May. The jolly bake I was invited to attend had Connecticut River shad, expertly-boned (few people know how to filet a Shad) along with whatever sacks of roe that the female Shad contained.
Nice outdoor party, in the woods by a large pond. Seemed like I had two degrees of separation from people I met there.
Serve it up with beer, cole slaw, potato salad, and strawberry shortcake for dessert.
mmm . . . do you know that there are highways in Washington State (high up in the mountains) where there are highway department traffic signs showing a black fish crossing the highway. If you Google "fish crossing highway signs" you will see many pictures of salmon actually trying to swim across the highways. The water running off the mountains into the streams they are swimming up confuses the fish and they take the wrong turn, many of them get run over by cars. Terrible waste of wild salmon.
If this is the same type of shad that are in the Missouri River, when I was a child the fishermen would throw them on the bank to let them die (cruel I know). When I would ask my father why he said they couldn't be eaten, too bony.