i love eating dinner at home.

19 08 2007

things have a been a bit crazy. . .wedding is coming up in exactly 2 months from tomorrow. the entire week-end was spent with wedding prep. i never imagined i could spend 4 hours talking about freaking flowers.

i did manage to squeeze in time to make dinner on saturday. thankfully, saturday was beautiful. we picked up some oysters — 6 kumamotos, 6 new zealands. i love creamy kumamotos with a squeeze of lemon. the new zealands were better than i expected. brine with almost a fresh cucumber finish.

i also cooked up a batch of littleneck clams with some chorizo, garlic, and crushed red pepper:

3 chorizo sausages (picked up a pack of palacios), diced
6 cloves of garlic diced
2 dozen littleneck clams, cleaned free of any sand/grit
glass of white wine (albariño, save the rest of the bottle for drinking with the meal)
crushed red pepper flakes (as much as you want)

render the fat from the diced chorizo. cook long enough, until the sausage turns darkish red and the edges are crisp. probably 5-8 minutes. remove the chorizo from the pan leaving only the fat. sautée the diced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes in the chorizo fat for a few minutes, softening and releasing the flavor. throw in the glass of wine. let it bubble. throw in the clams. cover and let steam for about 4-6 minutes until the clams open. toss in some of the fried chorizo. freeze the rest of the chorizo — use it to flavor soups, veggies, or throw it on a salad.

enjoy with the rest of the albariño.

we ate the clams with some heirloom tomatoes dressed with a little bit of olive oil and salt. for dessert? a small cheese plate of piave, epoisses, and a sheep’s milk blue.

kumamoto oyster

palacios chorizo

littlenecks

heirlooms

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