Have you heard the story? A man wrote a letter to the Archbishop of New Orleans a few years ago asking if it was OK to eat Alligator on Fridays in Lent. And he said yes!
The person who reached out to the Archbishop several years ago owns an Alligator Farm and Hatchery and the letter appears on his website as a testament. The Archbishop’s response was priceless and for all outside of the state of Louisiana, quite humorous. “Yes, the alligator’s considered in the fish family, and I agree with you — God has created a magnificent creature that is important to the state of Louisiana, and it is considered seafood.” said Archbishop Aymond.
For a read of the original letter, go to Is Alligator OK?
I am not going to eat Alligator this Lent, as I am not sure how I would find it in Rhode Island, but I am going to abstain from meat on Fridays.
Where can I find some amazing vegetarian and Lent-approved recipes to try out? I have a favorite place in New Bedford, MA to shop for the freshest ingredients, Sid Wainer and Son. New Bedford is one of the largest commercial fishing communities in the United States and was made famous in the book, Moby Dick. And they have amazing recipes….do not be afraid to dig well into the recipe box as recipes like the Butternut Squash Pappardelle is found close to the end.