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One Serious Craving

June 21, 2011

Before I get into my craving inspired dinner, I wanted to share a new find with you guys!

I went to Sunflour Baking Company today for a cup of coffee and a baked treat.

I chose the double chocolate croissant.

Good God this was heavenly.

As soon as I bit into the croissant, it crunched and flakes fell everywhere.  That’s how you know it’s a good one!

I’ll definitely be back to try some more baked goods from this place.

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Ok now onto this dinner.

I’ve been craving for a good couple of weeks now a meal revolving around fresh seafood.

I wanted clams, mussels, crab and whatever else was available.

I’ve been talking about my seafood craving all week.  I guess I talked about it so much that my Aunt and Uncle were now craving it too.

So today I went up to the lake to see them and we all agreed to satisfy our cravings.

I’d like to preface this by saying that there really isn’t a solid place to get good seafood around here.  Usually I go to The Fresh Market, but their selection was somewhat limited today.  I found most of the stuff at Harris Teeter surprisingly.  Someone needs to open an affordable fish market around here.  Just saying…

So what was in our feast?

We had Snow Crab legs.

I love the whole experience of eating crabs.  Cracking open the shell, digging out the meat, dunking it in butter.

Yep. These were good.

We cooked up an obscene amount of mussels for three people.

   

I sauteed some garlic and chorizo, added crushed tomatoes and some wine.  Let me just tell you that this create such a delicious steam bath for the mussels to swim in.

Major dunkage was involved.

As if that was even a question.

We also had a personal favorite of mine.

Clams!

For these I sauteed garlic in lots of butter, added a little lemon juice, parsley and then the clams.

Needless to say, I was wishing we had more of these at the table.

On the side we grilled some whole baby potatoes.

As well as some fresh corn on the cob.

I love grilled corn.  Drenched in butter.  Sprinkled with salt.

Oh yeah, it’s Summer alright.

We also made a side salad of tomatoes, mozzarella and basil.

I was so hung up on all of the seafood that I neglected the salad.

Shame on me.

We bought a big loaf of crusty bread just for dunking.

I also made this killer compound butter to go with the bread.

   

It was unsalted butter, anchovies, garlic and basil.

It was awesome and would make an awesome topping on a steak or anything else for that matter.

We all left the table stuffed to the gills, but agreed that it was one of the best dinners we’ve had in a long time.

It was a little piece of Jersey at the dinner table tonight, and I’m perfectly okay with that.

I’m off to continue the digestion thang.

Yes, I just said thang.

It was all that seafood, I swear.

Goodnight 🙂

Vanessa

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. June 21, 2011 9:41 pm

    Incredible! 🙂 This whole meal looks insane!!! 🙂

  2. June 21, 2011 10:23 pm

    That looks so good!! I wish I could be eating that all right now and I’m still full from dinner 😉

  3. June 22, 2011 10:52 pm

    What’s with you and the darn anchovies???? Yuck I say!

  4. June 23, 2011 8:42 am

    I feel like summery weather just calls for an abundance of seafood! I would have stuffed myself silly with all of this!

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