appetizer

New Year’s Eve Lobster Dinner

Posted in appetizer, celebration, cooking, Food and Drink, lobster, New Year's Eve, seafood, traditions on January 5th, 2007 by stormy – Be the first to comment

New Year's Eve Dinner

Usually we have our big seafood dinner on Christmas Eve but this year we had it on New Year’s Eve.  It was scrumptious!  I’ll be posting all the food and recipes but here’s a teaser:

As usual, everything was awesome.  (I didn’t do anything but taste it!)  Frank even added candle light this year and some really great presentation ideas like putting the ceviche in martini glasses.

Mussels

Posted in appetizer, recipe, seafood on January 1st, 2007 by stormy – Be the first to comment

MusselsMussels make an easy and delicious appetizer.  What you’ll need for 3-4 people:

  • 2 pounds of mussels
  • lot of fresh crushed garlic
  • enough white wine to cover the bottom of the pan – 1/4 to 1/2 an inch of white wine (we used a huge $5 bottle of chardonnay)
  • chopped white onions

Wash and scrub the mussels in the sink and pull off the "beards."  Throw away any that are open and don’t close when you wash them.  Soak in cold fresh water for at least an hour.

Put all of the ingredients in a frying pan, bring to a boil and boil until the shells are all open. 

Serve warm with melted butter on the side.

Tapenade

Posted in appetizer, greek on December 17th, 2006 by stormy – Be the first to comment

Making tapenade

Frank made tapenade last night as an appetizer.  We got the idea from our friend Bill who makes excellent tapenade.  The basic plan is to put a whole bunch of different types of olives, garlic, red onion and anchovy paste into a food processor and chop it all up.  (Note that Bill chops it up by hand!)

Serve with crackers.

(The end result isn’t quite as pretty as the olives.)

Tapenade