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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

What's a GOOEY DUCK?

pronounced: gooey-duck

Courtesy of Merriam-Webster:
a giant mud-burrowing bivalve mollusk occurring on the west coast of North America, where it is collected for food. Its shell valves are not large enough to enclose its body and very long siphon. Panopea generosa, family Hyatellidae
Origin late 19th century: from Puget Sound Salish

If you've watched the show on FoodTV (aka: the Food Network) called "Will Work For Food," you might have seen the episode where the host ... ol' what's-his-name ... oh, yeah ... Adam Gertler ... gets up at oh-dark-thirty to spend the morning fishing for geoduck with one of the owners of Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton, WA.

If you saw said episode, you probably exclaimed, "What the (expletive deleted) is that (expletive deleted) thing?" Mom sure did! An' then she alerted Grandma an' Grandad of the geoduck episode an' all those two could do was ... drool. In large quantities.

So Mom an' I hatched a plan. Since my sweet Jake went to the Bridge an' he won't be teleporting over to spend Valentine's Day with me, I wanted to do something for Grandma an' Grandad. I begged Mom to let me spend some of Charmee's recycling moneys to buy some clams. Get it? Clams for clams?

Mom got on the internet an' found the website for Taylor Shellfish Farms an' helped me to place the order for three pounds of geoduck clams. I didn't know that they were shipped alive an' that the second day air from UPS was so EXPENSIVE. I hafta say that those clams better be pretty darn amazing for two (yes ... TWO) freakin' clams to cost nearly $100. Each pound of clams cost $19.00 an' the shipping cost nearly FIFTY buckaroos!

We have photos of how the clams arrived an' how MONDO-ugly they are. Those'll get posted this weekend. Lemme tell ya, I'm gonna have a taste o' those geoducks!



Cheysuli and gemini said...

And here I was going to tell you how wonderful they were! HE HE.

Forever Foster said...

That's a lovely thing to do for your grandparents. We had never heard of those things before!

meemsnyc said...

We've seen them in the seafood markets here in NYC. I've never tried it before, wonder what it tastes like. Can't wait to see the pictures! Wow, that shipping is expensive!!

Zoey and the furballs (the Zoo Crew) said...

I saw them on Top Chef a few seasons ago, but on that show they don't show much about them. We'll be very interested to see your photos and find out what you think.

Daisy said...

We saw them on Top Chef, too! They do look a little bit homely. I hope they are very delicious, because they costed a lot of green papers. One time, my Mommie saw some big chocolate-covered strawberries in a candy shop and asked for 2 of them. They came to TWENTY dollars! But she was too embarrassed to say she didn't want them, so she paid.

Angel said...

You are such a sweet and caring GrandKitty!

LC, Ayla, and Iza said...

We've nefer seen a clam before, but it sure is ugly (we googled them). Dangerous lookin, too!

The Big Thing says at the cost, they better taste real good, cause thats almost a year's supply of stinkey goodness fer us!

Boy n Beethoven said...

Wow! That sounds weawwy exciting! What a nice thing to do for your gwandbeans!


Skeezix the Cat said...

I have seen gooeyduks and they don't look like duks at all, they look kinda like Mr TF's hangy downie thing, sorta. Sinse they don't look like Fansy Feest Sliced Turkey in Gravy, I'm not intristed.

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