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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Mussels.

I'd never eaten mussels before my partner ordered a dozen sent with a pizza we got earlier this year, while drinking beer. They were great.

Today, while at the Big City Asian Market, we picked up two pounds of live wild Maine mussels for $2. On the way home, my wife watched a brief video on prepping them on her iPhone (living in the future is fun), and when we got home, we de-bearded them, discarded a few that were slightly open or cracked, and then she steamed them in a pan with wine, garlic, parsley, onions, and cream. We served them with slices of crusty baguette fresh from the bakery, which we used to sop up the sauce of them.

Friends, this is one of the best cost-to-pleasure ratios that I've plated in a long time. When you do it? Grab an extra baguette. Trust me.

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14 Comments:

At Sunday, October 28, 2012 7:35:00 PM, Blogger On a Wing and a Whim said...

I try to avoid mussels. The reason being, last time I was near a concoction like this, (though it also had bacon and blue cheese added), I ate all five pounds of mussels before me. It hurt so good, and it was so worth it...

 
At Sunday, October 28, 2012 8:48:00 PM, Blogger Marko Kloos said...

One of the undeniable benefits of living in New England is the ready availability of cheap seafood. Lobster is at around $4 a pound right now, and I could fill my bathtub with mussels for a c-note. That alone almost makes up for all the snow I have to shovel in the winter.

 
At Monday, October 29, 2012 2:40:00 AM, Anonymous R said...

Mussels go pretty well in coconut milk with Thai green curry if you want to spice things up a bit.

 
At Monday, October 29, 2012 2:53:00 AM, Blogger Matt G said...

Actually, yes I would.
But we went all traditional with this batch.

 
At Monday, October 29, 2012 5:15:00 AM, Blogger Gaffer said...

In my area of the Midwest mussels are hard to find and are also expensive, so they are a treat we reserve for special occasions.
Not having access to good seafood is one of the drawbacks in cow country after living both on the East Coast and the Northwest where good seafood is available and economical.
Glad you enjoyed the experience.

 
At Monday, October 29, 2012 5:50:00 AM, Blogger Old NFO said...

LOL, good choice!

 
At Monday, October 29, 2012 11:25:00 AM, Blogger Silver the Evil Chao said...

Lucky BASTARD. I love seafood. Too bad I chose to attend college in the midwest...as a result, when I visit mom in Massachusetts, I try to eat as much seafood as I can!

 
At Monday, October 29, 2012 11:59:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Not having access to good seafood is one of the drawbacks in cow country after living both on the East Coast"

Ummm, what? The Wabash River is known for its mussels.

Shrimp and other seafood is fresh from the tank farms. You simply have to stop listing to the people on the East Coast.

 
At Monday, October 29, 2012 12:01:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

Hey, Silver-- Do you not recall where I live? I'm further from Maine than you are! I just hit a good Asian store. Check for your local one. We're living in the future, kiddo.

 
At Monday, October 29, 2012 12:02:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

Precisely. I'm 300 miles inland, and am impressed at the seafood I can get.

 
At Monday, October 29, 2012 8:35:00 PM, Blogger Lance R. Peak said...

Are you able to name the Asian Market without violating your personal OPSEC?

 
At Monday, October 29, 2012 8:35:00 PM, Blogger Lance R. Peak said...

Are you able to name the market without violating personal OPSEC?

 
At Tuesday, October 30, 2012 4:15:00 AM, Blogger Matt G said...

Sure-- it's known that I occasionally will on weekends drive dozens/scores/hundreds of miles from my place in north Texas to Fort Worth and Dallas. This was at H-Mart, in Carrollton.

 
At Thursday, November 01, 2012 11:00:00 PM, Blogger Lance R. Peak said...

Thanks, I will have to check it out. Sorry about the duplicate comments, the first one said it didn't go through.

 

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