Lots of lobsters will have a bad day when National Lobster Day rolls around on September 25, and the unsuspecting crustaceans are plunged into pots of boiling water. They are savored in a variety of culinary presentations, from creamy chowders and rich pasta to the sandwich in a roll.
However, the traditional boiled lobster dinner, with potatoes and corn on the cob, is the most popular. Some variations add kielbasa and clams to the pot. Using nutcrackers, diners extricate the succulent morsels and dunk them into hot drawn butter.
To celebrate at home, visit your local seafood shop and bring home a live one. But please, keep an eye on the kids. The creature’s beady eyes, armor-like exoskeleton and appendages will undoubtedly fascinate them. If it goes missing, listen for sounds of splashing and giggling in the bathroom.
Perhaps the animal lover in you would rather not listen to the cries rumored to reverberate through the confines of the steaming pot. In that case, celebrate National Lobster Day by making reservations at your favorite seafood restaurant. Your only task will be to don your plastic bib and get crackin’.