The People, Places, and the History of The Northern Neck of VA

Month: October 2022

There are more than one fish to fry…

“The Northern Puffer possibly got the name sugar toad from a waterman who said they are “sweet as sugar and ugly as a toad.” Their defense when threatened is to blow up like a balloon, which also gives them the name blow toads, swell toads and puffer fish.”

There are more than one fish to fry…

Shad can either be fried, or smoked. Planking traditionally used oak wood planks that are thirty inches long, twenty inches wide and two and one-half inches thick over an open fire.

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