Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Friends in the kitchen, newspaper spread on the table, beer, a bowl of melted butter...and steamed crabs: what better way to spend an Ocracoke Island evening?

We enjoyed our first steamed crabs of this season after the Ocracoke Opry last Wednesday night. The picking was great!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Part II of Crystal Canterbury's account of her first visit to Portsmouth Island. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous9:52 AM

    What better way..... hmmm.

    1 Crab 139.7 calories 28.35 grams protein

    3 oz. Crab 93 calories 18 grams protein

    1 glass white wine 3.5 oz 79.31 calories

    1 Beer 12 oz 99.12 calories

    1 Tablespoon butter 102 calories

    As I am now calorie counting, that's what I saw. Hope this helps.

  2. That's not what I see ... all I see is YUM!!!!!

  3. Bill Walker2:28 PM

    Is this a great country or what?

  4. Anonymous5:04 PM

    I'd just as soon have someone cook 'em, clean 'em then just me eat 'em with a fork. Call me when dinner is ready and on the table.

  5. Anonymous5:18 PM

    Hey! Aren't those the same tools you worked on your toilet with last week? ........just kidding. it looks tasty. but like the person above, just call me when it's ready to eat so I can dig in with a clean fork please. Thank you.

  6. Anonymous7:11 PM

    Were the crabs store-bought or harvested by members of the dinner party?

    1. None of us personally caught the crabs, but a local fisherman did. They were fresh out of Pamlico Sound.

  7. Anonymous7:12 PM

    And for the first time in a long time, I'm able to comment here again. Don't know what the snafu was, but I'm glad to be back--as always! :-)

  8. Anonymous8:59 AM

    Two new questions for you, Philip, plus a third, just realized from viewing one of your crab dinner photos again:

    1: Any idea what the going rate is for crabs these days? I'm curious to compare the coastal price to the inland price our local fish house charges (realizing, of course, that straight-from-the-sound surely beats all).

    2: What's your preferred bug repellent, or that generally of your friends and neighbors? And I'm wondering not in terms of stepping out the door to walk to the post office, but stepping out the door to walk the Hammock Hills Trail, for example.

    And finally...

    3: Are those your "eatin'" Channel Locks on the table or your "workin'" Channel Locks (and pliers, though I suspect they're all one and the same)? Just caught that minor detail on this second viewing of your photos and it brought a smile to my face.

    Thanks--as always.


    1. 1. I don't know the answer to this question (maybe one of our readers does). We received a special price because the fisherman had an abundance of crabs and didn't want them to go to waste.
      2. I almost never use commercial bug repellents. I walked the Hammock Hills Nature Trail last week, and the deer flies were the most annoying I could remember. I broke off a myrtle branch and kept it moving around my neck and head the entire walk.
      3. As you suspected, the channel lock pliers do double duty.