(Outer Banks, N.C.) In North Carolina, culinary travelers who want to learn as well as dine
can find a long list of opportunities. Down here, watermen set their
calendar by May’s full moon, when the blue-crab molting season begins.
Within the scant hours it takes a crab to harden its shell lies the
chance to harden the most luscious dish on the coast of North Carolina:
the soft-shell crab. On the Blue Crab Kayak and Cook Expedition, Kitty
Hawk Kayaks participants along the sounds and creeks learn about
jimmies, sallies and sooks and see local watermen work. A cooking
demonstration-feast at Coastal Provisions follows as paddlers learn how
to sauté the soft-shells in a lemon-caper-butter sauce and deep-fry the
crab in the old-school style with a touch of hand-harvested sea salt. A
sample of heritage-crafted Outer Banks Sea Salt is included as a
remembrance. On the Web go to www.outerbanksepicurean.com.