Summer entertaining is about having time with friends and family outdoors. This past weekend, we had a whole group of people over for a lobster feast! We started with oysters for everyone. Most of our friends are already well versed in slurping these slippery creatures, dousing them with lemon and fish sauce, or hot sauce. This time a few friends wanted to learn how to shuck their own oysters. Oysters have to be one of the fastest appetizers — buy, shuck, serve! I like that! The live lobsters, steamed in a big pot, took 9 minutes once the water was boiling. I put a dozen cobs of corn in another pot at the same time. Within 20 minutes we were outside, cracking and dipping fresh lobster in garlic butter, drinking great wine with great friends. Don’t be afraid of seafood — if you like it, you absolutely can make it at home! Invite your friends, and everyone will love to help out in the kitchen too — a true experience.
Big ‘thank you’s’ to my friends, and my new followers, for your support of this blog. Real food for real people is the theme. We all need to eat, and I’ve embraced preparing whole foods for my family and friends. One great joy of my life is to have friends around the table, or on the back deck, or bellied up to the kitchen counter, eating great food. I don’t like to slave in the kitchen all day, so over the years I’ve developed a body of knowledge of how long various foods take to prepare, how to prep foods and keep them fresh until you’re ready to use them, how to present new foods for people to try, how to stock a pantry with quick meals. So I’m ready to entertain whenever someone shows up! And I’m ready to make dinner whenever it’s time — sometimes we get very little time in between activities, and I’d much rather grab something at home than at a drive-through. Truth be told, we do the drive-through sometimes, but not often. Life is about balance, life is about friends, life is about sharing. Thank you for letting me share with you!