Welcome to the Frederick Puzzler's Corner!
This is a monthly event to encourage puzzle solving in the geocaching community, and all are welcome.
October 2nd is National Fried Scallops Day.
Okay, there were several choices for this date, but who can resist scallops?!? Yummmmmm…
National Fried Scallops Day is observed annually on October 2nd.
Scallops are a cosmopolitan family and are found in all of the world’s oceans. The term “scallop” is commonly applied to any one of numerous species of marine bivalve mollusks in the family Pectinidae. The adductor muscle, the part we typically eat, allows these shellfish to move around the ocean, and is highly prized as a food source. It is meaty, white and sweet. Scallops can be baked, fried, steamed, grilled, broiled, deep-fried, used in sushi, or served in a soup.
They are usually not cheap, so most people only eat them occasionally. National Fried Scallops Day is the perfect occasion to indulge in a delicious seafood dish which you can easily cook yourself following any of a number of simple recipes. Below is just one example.
First, if you aren’t already familiar with scallops, take time to learn the many ways they are sold. You’ll find sea and bay scallops (large and small), fresh and frozen, and wet- or dry-packed. You may also come across “diver” scallops - this simply defines how they were harvested and handled, and are typically the most expensive way to buy them, and most difficult to find. True diver scallops are also the freshest you will find, short of harvesting them yourself. Once you get scallops home, they will cook up fast - most recipes recommend no more than 2 to 3 minutes per side in a hot pan.
Mix 1/2 cup bread crumbs, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper, and 1/8 tsp paprika. Rinse 1-1/2 lb. sea scallops and roll thoroughly in bread crumb mixture. In a skillet, heat 1/2 cup butter until frothy. Put scallops in the skillet and sauté until lightly browned.
Gently place scallops on a plate. Add 1/4 cup white wine to butter in skillet and boil gently for 1 minute, stirring. Pour the sauce over scallops. Serve with a side of rice. This recipe makes four servings of fried scallops.
How do you like your scallops - breaded and fried, sautéed in butter with a touch of lemon, wrapped in bacon and broiled? Do you have a favorite recipe you’d like to share? Or perhaps you find your best dish prepared by someone else at a restaurant. Either way, enjoy this sweet treat from the sea!
And now, for the usual spiel…
This event is open to all cachers, no matter what your statistics say or whether you even like puzzles! So newbies and addicts, socialites and lone wolves, mark you calendar.
If you've got a puzzle or mystery cache that's currently got you stumped and you'd like to pick some brains, this event is for you! Zombies are not welcome here though, so please leave your pets at home - we want everyone to leave with the brains they brought, at minimum.
This event has evolved to a think-tank type gathering, with everyone collaborating on the latest tantalizing quizzler on their radar. Occasionally there may be a short tutorial on some aspect of puzzle solving, but the learning seems to come from working with others to solve a targeted teaser. You don't have to work on puzzles to enjoy this, as there are plenty of stories to be heard. However, you'll have plenty of others to commiserate with, and you might find someone who has already solved a puzzle using a similar technique. We continue to see successes and progress at each gathering.
For the puzzle junkies, bring your puzzle paraphenalia - flagged caches, laptop or tablet (Wi-Fi is available), theories, library card, worksheets, (sp)eye glasses, HTML color code charts, Enigma machine, abacus, scratch paper (don’t forget your writing instrument) - you never know who (or what!) will show up, and what kind of help you can take advantage of. Maybe you’ve recently cracked a tough one and want to see the wheels spinning while others tackle it - that can be loads of fun! Yes, we have regular head-slapping moments!
If you have a specific puzzle or puzzling topic you'd like help with, feel free to make note of it in your Will Attend log.
When & Where:
Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 6pm - 8pm
Wegman's Market Cafe
7830 Worman's Mill Road
All food and beverage costs are your own responsibility.
Field trips not included.
(But it's a good time to plan them!)
If you drop any trackables into this event, make sure they have all been claimed (or reclaimed) before you leave. We don’t want them getting lost in the muggle world!