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Case of the blue crab blues

If you're a blue crab kind of girl in a herring kind of country, dinner is a mighty lonely meal.

Luckily Kimmie Meissner came prepared with two boxes of Cheerios and bags of Craisins, dried and sweetened cranberries, in her suitcase. Supplemented with bananas from her hotel, it's the fuel that's kept Meissner running.

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Meissner's not a steak eater and pasta isn't high on her list, either. Salad makings are hard to come by this time of year, and lutefisk -- the traditional Nordic dish of air-dried fish and lye -- is, shall we say, an acquired taste.

Peggy Fleming, the 1968 Olympic gold medalist and TV analyst, offered to prepare lemon-and-pepper chicken if Meissner could scrounge up a chicken. And a kitchen to cook it in.

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Failing that, Fleming promised to take Meissner out for a day of shopping and a good meal on Friday, after the women's competition is over.

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