Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins have been detected in mussels from Humboldt County. The naturally occurring PSP toxins can cause illness or death in humans. Cooking does not destroy the toxin.
Chefs, both professional and domestic, appreciate a sharp knife. Knives are an essential tool in the kitchen and are considered ‘terrible’ when the real issue is often poor knife skills and, more commonly, poor sharpening skills. The last twenty-five years have been a veritable tidal wave of cooking shows with ever expanding cuisines and exotic ingredients. Kitchen equipment runs from the cheapest stamped out junk from China to tools that cost more than a new 1963 Volkswagen bug, in 1963 that is. Knives from Germanic countries come in various grades of carbon steel and exotic wood handles (the wooden or plastic part you hold is called the ‘scales’)
There are pictures on the internet of smiling fishermen holding a giant fish, the native white sturgeon. Always in the local waters, the fish are hungry and active in the late fall and early winter when the water is calm and relatively clear. If you have never fished or eaten sturgeon you are in for a treat, first is the rush of landing a legal fish. A close second is the firm, white flesh baked, sauteed or done as fish and chips. It is likely you have never eaten sturgeon unless you are a fisher or very close to one, they do not like to share.