Just got back from the OBX, and luckily missed the hurricaine, weather was perfect. Not that anyone cares but here are some things I learned while cooking away from home-
1- I hate gas grills. The rental house we stayed in had a gas grill- It was horrible. Besides the fact that the grease trap hadn't been emptied in uh ever, it just didn't get hot enough. And the food just lacked the smokey flavor one gets from charcoal. Probably should have picked up one of those smoke boxes for wood chips, but it is what it was.
2- Crab cakes rock, but the corn was a bad Idea. Made some crab cakes, didn't have much green pepper, so added some corn. Flavor was good, but apparently if one fries corn in oil it pops shooting hot oil at one.
3- As much as I hate gas grills I hate dull knives more.The knives at the rental house were about as sharp as the side of a fork. After sharpening them using the can opener (i'm not kidding, stop laughing) I was able to actually cut stuff instead of crush it, kinda.
4- I have no Idea why I live in upstate NY, seriously it was 80 degrees in September.
5- I dislike electric ranges- I missed my gas stove.
6- Good results are easier with superior components. Fresh seafood is the greatest medium, well except maybe lamb, depends on the mood.
7- Sharks are scary looking, unless they're cut into steaks.
8- Crabs are way more fun to catch than fish (subjective opinion)
9- Clams dig into sand at much higher rate than I thought possible.