leaf peepers," announced the sign in front of a New
Hampshire restaurant we visited. That’s what the locals call
those of us who travel to New England to see the amazing array
of fall colors this time of year.
just call you peepers for short," my cousin informed me.
His brother-in-law further explained how to understand New
Englanders’ pronunciation of certain words.
a word ends in an ‘a’ they pronounce it with an ‘er,"
he said. "And if it ends with an ‘er’ they say ‘ah.’
So…’Sheila from Dover" becomes "Sheiler from
Dovah." We all laughed.
spent the day seeing the sights and sampling the seafood from
this region, including whole belly clams (delicious but don’t
tell me what they are) and clam "chowdah." Then my
New England hosts decided it was time for me to learn how to
eat "lobstah" beyond my previous experience of
simply scooping it out of a tail.
donned my plastic bib and followed Bridget’s instructions.
She insisted I find every last bit of meat from this soft
shell specimen on my plate.
being a bit of a challenge to eat, Maine lobster has a
history. According to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute,
lobsters were so plentiful in colonial days that they were
considered poverty food. In fact, indentured servants who
agreed to work seven years to pay for their passage to America
became so tired of eating lobster that they finally put in
their contracts that they would not be forced to eat lobster
more than 3 times a week.
one cup of lobster meat provides 129 calories — primarily
from protein; as much protein as 4 ounces of meat. Lobster is
also a good source of zinc — a mineral that helps the body
process protein, fight infections and heal wounds.
other shellfish, lobster meat is extremely low in fat (only
about 1 gram per cup of meat). Lobster does contain
cholesterol, however; one cup of lobster has more cholesterol
than an egg yolk. Remember though, recent findings tell us
that cholesterol in our diet is not the main culprit of excess
cholesterol that can clog our blood. That distinction goes to
saturated fat which is very very low (less than a half gram)
completed our leaf peeping journey through New England and
into Canada. And I was reminded how different locales offer
their own unique foods to enjoy. And yes, these regional
favorites can fit into a healthful eating style.
out My Plate, My State at www.ChooseMyPlate.gov/MyState to
find facts and recipes for foods and flavors from your area of
the country. And enjoy the fall colors!