Until about the time I graduated from college, I was definitely not a shellfish person. I didn’t like the briny flavors or the idea of slurping down a slimy oyster. Fast forward to now and I can’t get enough of the stuff. Maybe the palette change comes with maturity? (hah!) With my new found crustacean proclivities, I hit up my local market for my usual Monday shopping routine and noticed that they had a huge pile of fresh prawns for sale. I couldn’t help myself. I filled an entire bag while my head swam with recipe ideas….
Before this past Labor Day, I had never attempted to master the baby back ribs for fear that I would somehow screw them up horrendously. I’ve eaten plenty of ribs in my day, some good and some not so great, but my favorites have always been the ribs that are fall-off-the-bone tender and have a crusty bark on the outside.
Let me just say that I LOVE this salad. It’s fresh, easy to make, and tastes absolutely phenomenal. I even got my boyfriend who isn’t the biggest corn lover to get a second helping. I call that a complete success….
The variations on the lobster roll have traditionally been dominated by New England and consist of lobster mixed with clarified butter or mayonnaise and stuffed into a deliciously buttery split top roll. I’ve decided that California, with it’s wide range of cultures and their delicious foods, needed to have its own version.
For me, any holiday celebration, no matter what it is, revolves around what food I’m going to be serving. Big surprise there, I know. Fourth of July is a tough one because when you have a crowd like we did this year, it makes serving up some grilled steaks not very feasible for the wallet (or frankly my patience), burgers tend to be a little to bland, and hotdogs just aren’t very exciting….