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Woman Suggests Americans Skip Traditional Dinner



AUGUSTA, Maine -- With the lobster industry pinched by plunging prices, a Maine woman is suggesting that Americans skip the traditional turkey dinner and go with the signature Maine seafood for their Thanksgiving feast.

"If you can't completely give up tom turkey, make a lobster stew, lobster casserole, a lobster stuffing," Julia Munsey of Bangor said Wednesday.

Munsey hatched the idea after seeing lobster prices nosedive to levels not seen in decades. In October, Maine lobstermen received less than $20 million for their catch in October, compared to more than $60 million in the same month in 2005. Lobstermen have also been hit by high fuel and bait costs.
"I kept hearing all the news about how the lobster industry was suffering," said Munsey. "I feel like I want to do something. I want to help."

Munsey, who's in the marketing and public relations business, started by arranging to have lobster at a family birthday dinner. That prompted a family discussion on how the effort could be expanded. With the biggest feast of the year coming up, Munsey figured swapping turkey for lobster could have a big impact.

The idea of a national promotion has drawn support from Down East businesses and politicians from areas where low lobster prices have hit hardest.

"Lobstering has been a way of life for generations of hard-working Mainers and, for many of them, that way of life is threatened," said state Sen. Kevin Raye, a Republican from eastern Maine's Washington County.

House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, who grew up on an island that's also home to many lobstermen, also applauded the effort to help "honorable and hard-working people who bring international acclaim to Maine." It's already a tradition for many Maine families to eat lobster on holidays, said Pingree, D-North Haven.

"We used to have lobster stew on Christmas," said Munsey, who calls lobster the traditional New England feast.

A Web site's been launched that features lobster suppliers, menu ideas, Maine specialty products, and information about Maine lobster.

Web Site:http://www.lobstercelebrations.com/

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/18017023/detail.html
 
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I'd go along if someone did the cracking and cleaning for me. I like lobster and all, but it's just too much work!
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Steamed (not boiled) is the way to go; you don't get water flying everywhere when you crack them open.
 

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I suppose you 2 dont eat the tamali either or pick apart every tenticle for all the meat...I wont do that at a restaurant but in the backyard..I leave no meat when im done with a Lobsta....
 

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I suppose you 2 dont eat the tamali either or pick apart every tenticle for all the meat...I wont do that at a restaurant but in the backyard..I leave no meat when im done with a Lobsta....
the tamali grows on you, as a kid i hated it. as far as all the meat, at home i suck every god damn lil spider leg on that bastard. And of course you save the tail for last.
 
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