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Covid Crab Fridays

It's going on 5 months since Covid started and Friday's just aren't the same. Whether you are working from home or commute to work, the Friday's we used to look forward to are quite different. No happy hours, unless you want to count virtual ones, which can be kind of cool, but definitely not the same. No more walking through the city, bar hopping, or have dinner at one of your favorite restaurants with your favorite glass of wine to help you relax. No more movies, clubbing, taking kids to a game, having friends over, and the list goes on. Basically to sum it up, no more of what we used to look forward to on Friday's. So Friday's now feel like another day at home with nothing to really look forward to but Saturday and Sunday at home. So rather than accept that as the norm, I think we have to find ways to make Friday's what they used mean. So come quitting time on Friday we should be looking foward to turning up or turning down, whatever you prefer, but we should be looking forward to something. For me, I found meaning this past Friday with what I call "Covid Crab Friday's."

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So my love for crabs goes back to around 1999 when my best friend from college had me over during the summer to hang out at his childhood home in Bowie MD. He got some crabs from a local crab spot and I've been a crab lover ever since. Through the years I've tried different spots and found the best place to get them around me are from Oregon Avenue. There are two places in particular. Flying Fish and Phils crabs. Unfortunately, due to Covid, Phils has been closed. I'm hoping the will reopen very soon. So the batch I got this Friday was from Flying Fish. I imagine due to everything with Covid supplies are down and demand is up. So the crabs are not as big and they are more expensive. I ended getting a dozen #1's. Again, they were not as big as usual but they would do.'

When I got home my 2 and 3 year old boys asked if I could put the crabs on the ground so they could see them walk around. Every once in a while I do that and enjoy watching their reactions. I got out my favorite crab pot and filled it with about a 1cm of water. I wait till the water is boiling and them throw the crabs in. I know it cruel, but I figure it's a quick death. So typicall you would season and steam them for about 20 minutes and then you are good to go. But a few years ago my brother showed me something that changed the game. After steaming them, you break of the shells and remove some of the scally stuff you don't eat. You then season and use just a little bit of oil to fry the crabs. Even though a takes a little extra time its well worth it. It definitely gave me something to look forward too this past Friday. I enjoyed the crabs with my 11 year old twin girls and my 2 and 3 year old boys. Really great family time and the crabs were delicious. The only thing is they ran out too fast! Next time i'll get 2 dozen. So this was my way to bring meaning and look forward to something on a Friday. For you it doesn't have to be crabs, but I'm sure there is that special meal you don't have all the time that can make your Friday's a bit more meaningful. Hope you enjoyed.

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