I wrote a post a while back about harvesting shellfish and cooking it on the spot.
Since the 4th of July is coming up, you may want to go to your local beaches and do just that. You can eat the shellfish raw, with a splash of lemon juice or hot sauce, or cook it on hot coals.
Before you do:
1. call to see if there are any advisories on the health of the local shellfish.
2. prepare a picnic basket with crudites, lemons, snacks and beverages.
3. carry a bucket, a knife and glove, and a fishing licence. (Your local hardware might sell the license.)
4. if you plan on cooking your shellfish, pack fire-making supplies and tongues.
Mussels and clams BBQ
Wash your seafood in sea water to remove all visible sand and dirt
Wrap your small shells in foil and place on hot coals for ten minutes.
Open the wrap carefully and eat the open shells only.
Note: there is usually a limit on the amount of shellfish you can harvest with each licence. Do follow the rules, or your picnic may cost you a bundle.