Throughout North Carolina, residents have the luxury of enjoying fresh-caught seafood all year. In fact, cold-weather months are a prime time for several species of seafood, including flounder and oysters. Relish the seasonal abundance!
- This month, Island Life NC celebrates flounder. Learn a few interesting facts about this “seafood lover’s favorite,” and find recipes, including an elegant lemon-buttered flounder dish, and crab-stuffed flounder roll-ups, an exquisite hors d’oeuvre for your next holiday party.
- UNC TV’s NC Now features restaurateur Sammy Boyd of Carteret County, who is working to make “local catch only” a feasible restaurant model in North Carolina. The segment airs Dec. 8 at 8:00 p.m.
- The News & Observer highlights Raleigh’s Poole’s Diner, which has made the Eater’s list of Best Restaurants in America for two consecutive years. Read more about Poole’s James Beard award-winning chef Ashley Christensen in Coastwatch, when North Carolina Sea Grant talked with her and other award contenders in 2013. The story also includes seafood recipes used by semifinalists in their restaurants.
- The Outer Banks Voice shares an experience at Fish & Flights: Fighting Invasive Blue Catfish with Forks and Knives, an educational outreach dinner to raise awareness of invasive blue catfish in North Carolina coastal waters. The take away? Blue catfish are plentiful, tasty, and good for you — so eat them, eat lots of them, and hurry to do so!
- The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services offers several oyster recipes from their Seafood Cookbook, including a holiday oyster dressing and a traditional cold-weather favorite, oyster stew.
- Partake in winter nostalgia with Keith Rhodes, chef and owner of Catch seafood restaurant in Wilmington, who recently shared a memory of cooking with celebrity Gwyneth Paltrow on his Facebook page. Read about the experience in her words, in her blog post, Cooking at Catch. And in celebration of seasonal seafood, check out clam recipes from Rhodes, featured on the UNC TV series Flavor, NC. Rhodes also was a James Beard nominee for Best Chef Southeast in 2011.