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Seafood Nutrition Leaders: Judy Blessing

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Judy Blessing Photo by Scott Taylor

Judy Blessing
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Cod and canned tuna were about the only fish dishes on Judy Blessing’s menus before moving South. “Being from a Catholic family, I can remember eating fish every Friday,” recalls the Athol, Mass., native. “We only had cod with tartar sauce or tuna casserole. Nothing fancy.” Plus, she wasn’t allowed in the kitchen, either, except to do the dishes.

All that changed when she married her husband, Frank, in 1977, and moved on board a 32-foot sailboat dubbed “Moon Mist.” For six years, the newlyweds toured the world, sailing to the Caribbean, Ireland, England, the Mediterranean and finally the South. In 1983, they docked their boat in Beaufort, becoming the first to tie up at the new downtown dock. They started a farm and settled into the county where they knew they could farm and fish.

Find out more about Judy Blessing and her fellow Nutrition Leaders in Mariner’s Menu: 30 Years of  Fresh Seafood Ideas. It is available from North Carolina Sea Grant by calling 919/515-9101 or 252/222-6307, from your local bookstore, or from UNC Press.

From: Mariner’s Menu: 30 Years of Fresh Seafood Ideas

Contributed by Joyce Taylor

Seafood Nutrition Leaders: Dolena “Dolly” Bell

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Dolena “Dolly” Bell
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The youngest of five Gillikins, Bell grew up on a farm eight miles east of Beaufort in a little community called “Bettie.” Back then, everybody worked. Her father and brothers worked the farm by day, then often her father fished at night to support the family. They raised hogs and chickens, butchering and curing them themselves as there were no refrigerators or freezers then, she recalls. On Saturdays, her mother took fresh vegetables to the Morehead City market. “Sunday was a free day. Sunday we went to church.”

Find out more about Dolly Bell and her fellow Nutrition Leaders in Mariner’s Menu: 30 Years of  Fresh Seafood Ideas. It is available from North Carolina Sea Grant by calling 919/515-9101 or 252/222-6307, from your local bookstore, or from UNC Press.

From: Mariner’s Menu: 30 Years of Fresh Seafood Ideas

Contributed by Joyce Taylor