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What to do with leftover Maine lobster? make #foodporn!

Ok typically there isn’t such a thing as leftover lobster. But when you buy 6 of them for 2 people, there is leftover lobster. But it’s intentional. Grilled lobster for dinner, lobster rolls the next day for lunch and then lobster dip with crusty bread and wine in the late afternoon.This was about  8 oz of fresh lobster meat (ours was grilled), 3 oz of softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan,1 very small garlic clove finely chopped and a dash of Tobasco. Mix well and bake until bubbly and browned on top about 15 minutes on 375. Serve with warmed bread.

THAT is what you do with leftover lobster!

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Maine Shrimp Dip…

Add a pound of Maine shrimp, 4 oz. of softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup of mayo, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan, 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped, dash of salt, fresh ground pepper and a dash of tobasco. Put in a baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. Serve with sliced crusty bread. Bon Appetit!


Authentic, homemade New England Clam Chowder

A friend of ours dug these beauties up for us the other day and we decided to make traditional, simple clam chowder. We first steamed the clams, removed them from the shells, gave them a rough chop and set them aside. We strained the cooking liquid through a coffee filter sitting in a chinois (fine mesh strainer) to remove any sand. We then chopped up a few potatoes, onions and celery and sauteed until soft; add the reserved cooking liquid, some milk (we used half and half and 1% milk but you could just use whole milk) and cook on medium heat for about an hour. This isn’t a thick, roux based soup, it’s a natural milk base, the real New England way. Toss in the clams and simmer for 10 more minutes, add freshly cracked black pepper and serve. I’ll try and hold out eating the leftovers we froze until the first snowfall!

 


A blog post inspired by a few of my favorite foods: mushrooms, shallots and cheese…

This is a savory cheesecake. It’s more of a cheese dip, but holds together like a cheesecake. Talk about the perfect appetizer for cocktail hour? I needed to bring an appetizer to a dinner party – and decided to make this Mushroom and Caramelized Shallot Cheesecake with 4 cheeses and a touch of fresh baby spinach. It is out of this world! It can be a side dish, an appetizer, or a light meal with a salad and glass of wine.

So here’s the recipe:
In a mixing bowl, combine 3 twelve oz. packages of room temperature cream cheese, 2 tablespoons dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, 1/2 teaspoon paprika and 1/4 cup heavy cream. Mix until creamy. Add 4 eggs, incorporating one at a time until combined.

Saute 4 large shallots until slightly browned. Add 16 oz. of sliced mushrooms – I used Cremini, but any will do. Add 1 teaspoon Worcestershire and a dash of salt and freshly ground pepper. Saute until they’re all fragrant and caramelized. Remove a third of the mixture and set aside. Add 1 cello-package of fresh baby spinach to the pan and cover. Cook for a couple minutes and then remove from heat. Let cool a couple minutes.

Chop or shred 2 cups total of the following cheeses: white cheddar, Parmesan, Gruyere or Swiss, and Manchego (the Gruyere or Swiss and Parmesan are a must). Add to egg/cheese mixture.

Fold in spinach and 1/3 of the mushroom and shallots and mix well.

Spray an 8 or 9 inch springform pan with cooking spray and coat lightly with breadcrumbs.

Pour cheesecake mixture in and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Then add remaining shallot and mushroom mixture to the top, toss another handful of shredded Parmesan and freshly ground pepper on top and bake an additional 15 minutes. Let cool for 1o minutes before slicing.

Note: the mushrooms and shallots are not necessary – they were my adaptation of this recipe. The original as it was given to me used 1 package of frozen and thawed/drained spinach and none of the shallots or mushrooms and was absolutely delicious as well. Feel free to put your own twist on it!

Serve with crusty bread or crackers and enjoy!