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Lobster BLT Salad

25 Sep

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Okay, I found another store that had the lobster on sale.

What a great week!

I was feeling fat after I ate a delicious, fabulous, gigantic lobster BLT sandwich so I made the salad for my sister to make me feel less guilty.

2 handfuls baby arugula

2 handfuls baby spinach

2 thin slices of sweet onion

Tomato salad that consists of 10 grape tomatoes, 6 baby pieces of mozzarella, 10 pieces of cubed Italian bread, sprinkle with oregano, garlic powder and salt. Drizzle with olive oil.

1/2 cubed avocado

1/2 sliced cucumber

2 lobster tails cut into bite size pieces

2 slices of cooked crisp bacon cut into bite size pieces

4 to 6 tablespoons lemon dressing

Get a fork and start eating.

Yesterday I toasted two slices of challah bread and smeared them with butter on one side and mayo on the other. The bacon, lobster, tomato, arugula, avocado and onion followed.

 

 

 

 

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Fast Fried Calamari Rings

20 Sep

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I have made fried calamari bad a million times but I finally got it right.

The Crisco gives the calamari flavor and the corn starch makes it crispy.

I added the garlic because I put garlic in almost everything,

One one pound bag of frozen cleaned calamari rings

One cup os corn starch

One teaspoon salt

One teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 lemon

hot sauce

5 big tablespoons Crisco

Defrost the calamari and pat it dry with a paper towel.

Mix the corn starch, salt, pepper and garlic powder together in a bag.

Add the calamari rings and shake the bag  till all the rings have a light coating on them.

Heat the Crisco in a small frying pan till it has melted and hot on medium high heat.

Place the calamari in the pan and do not let it touch so you have to work in batches.

Let the calamari fry till you see it brown on the underside and then flip over till the entire ring is golden brown.

Place on a paper towel to drain the excess oil.

Continue till all the rings are fried.

They are so crispy.

I just squeezed some lemon on mine but you can add a hot pepper relish and toss it with the calamari.

I also like it with fried onions.

Any dipping sauce is great from a tomato sauce to a chili sauce.

I seasoned the oil with a habanero pepper and it was way too hot but a milder pepper would be okay. Just mix the pepper with the cornstarch and fry it with the calamari if you like it spicy.

 

 

 

Lobster Bisque

14 Sep

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The lobsters were on sale last week so opportunity knocked.

I did eat two but saved the rest including all the shells.

By the way I did have them cooked at the store, I did not eat them raw.

I remove all the legs.

Clean the bodies of any meat and the delicious roe.

Pick all the meat out of the rest of the claws and tails but save the shells.

Take the shells, bodies and legs from four lobsters and place them in 10 cups of water.

Season the water with 4 heaping tablespoons of powdered chicken consommé soup seasoning .

Let everything come to a boil and then simmer down to about 7 or 8 cups of broth.

This takes about one hour.

Strain everything into a big bowl and discard all the shells.

Make sure you strain the broth well because nothing is worse then getting a shell.

Now that your pot is empty, wash it out and use it to finish making the bisque.

Melt 6 tablespoons of butter

Add one large diced onion  and 2 cloves of minced garlic

Cook slowly till everything is soft.

Add 1/2 cup of flour and mix well about 3 minutes. Stir all the time to make sure the flour does not burn.

Add one small can of tomato paste and mix well

Add one cup of the broth to dissolve the paste then add the rest of the broth to the flour mixture.

Add 1 1/2 cups of cream or 1/2 and 1/2 and mix well

Melt another 4 tablespoons of butter in a small pot.

Add 2 cups lobster meat cut into spoon size pieces.

Coat the lobster with the butter.

Add 3 tablespoons lemon juice, one tablespoon diced tarragon, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg.

Add to the broth.

Season now with your salt and pepper because the lobster broth can be salty.

Instead of adding more cream, thicken the soup with the instant mashed potatoes.

I add one tablespoon for every cup of liquid.

I don’t usually use the potato flakes in bisque because I like it very smooth.

Top the bisque with larger pieces of lobster.

This is a real treat and not as fattening as a true bisque but not low calorie.

I like the chunks of lobster but if you want a velvet smooth bisque just put it into your food processor till it is smooth.

The bigger chunks look pretty on top of the soup.

 

 

Stuffies

27 Jul

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My sister Janet wanted to go dig for quahoggs and my son’s friend said he would take her, so I went along as well. We had such a good time  reminiscing of when we were kids and we ended up quahogging for three hours.

We caught a lot of quahogs, about 150, so we had a feast.

We used my Dad’s old hand made clam chucker machine to open them and then started to cook.

We made steamed quahogs, stuffies, clams casino, clam cakes, spaghetti with clams and still had some leftover.

We dug all morning and cooked all afternoon.

This is my Mom’s Stuffy (stuffed quahog) recipe with a couple of changes.

Two cups of quahog meat.

Keep the shells for stuffing.

1/2 cup fresh parsley

3 packages of cheese and cracker sandwiches, thats 18.

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 onion sautéed in 2 tablespoons butter  and cook till soft

Keep out enough onion to put one slice on the top of each quahog.

Place everything in the food processor and pulse maybe 6 times till everything is blended well but not mush. It should be a rough chop consistency.

Fill each shell with a tablespoon or two of filling depending on the size of the quahog shell.

Bake at 375 for 15 to 20 minutes.

The top should be slightly brown.

Serve with wedges of lemon and hot sauce.

 

Quahog Casino

26 Jul

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My sister Janet makes the best quahog casino ever.

I watched her make them and was amazed.

25 small to medium quahogs

1 1/2 cups bread crumbs, 1/2 panko and 1/2 seasoned Italian crumbs

1/2  stick melted butter

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1/2 inch piece of bacon for the top of each quahog.

Cook the bacon till the fat has rendered off and it is soft. Set aside.

Mix everything together except the bacon with a fork till all the bread crumbs are coated.

Set aside

Open the small quahogs and put all the meat on one shell. Discard the other shell.

Place one teaspoon of buttered, seasoned crumbs on each quahog.

Place the semi cooked bacon on top

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until the crumbs and bacon are slightly brown and the bacon is crisp.

Serve with lemon wedges and hot sauce.

How easy is this.

Thanks Janet.

Clam Cakes

25 Jul

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My Mom made the best clam cakes ever.

I have tried and tried to make her recipe and have never been able to duplicate it so…

I found Kenyon’s Clam Cake and  Fritter mix and it is a no fail mix.

I followed the recipe on the box except I doubled the quahogs and used all the clam juice instead of water. Next time I will triple the quahogs.

Do not double or triple the liquid.

They came out light and delicious.

I just want to clarify something.

I did use quahogs not clams but still call these wonderful fritters clam cakes.

Go figure?

 

Linguine with Clam Sauce

26 Jun

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Whenever I sit at the beach I am starving and thinking about food.

Nothing is better than beach food.

My friend Joan was talking and her favorite meal is linguine with clam sauce so I had to come home and make it.

My Mom always made this for us so I didn’t think too much about cooking it.

1 1/2 pounds of fresh linguine

One stick of butter

One cup canola oil

6 cloves minced garlic

One cup chicken stock

Two pints fresh chopped clams about 32 ounces.

4 tablespoons rough chopped parsley

Salt to taste because sometimes the clams are salty and sometimes they are not.

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper [optional]

Melt the oil and butter in a saucepan

Add the garlic just until you smell that delicious aroma

Add the clams with all their juices and chicken stock

Let this come to a boil and then simmer for at least 15 to 20 minutes

Bring a large pot with water and one tablespoon salt to a boil

Cook the pasta to your liking.

I like mine slightly undercook and chewy.

Drain the pasta and in the same big pot return the pasta and add the clam sauce.

Let it cook on the stove for two minutes for all the sauce to coat the pasta on medium heat

Take off the heat and add the fresh parsley and plate.

If one would like grated cheese by all means let them have it.

This is a fast delicious meal.

You can make the sauce ahead of time , refrigerate it and then just heat it up.