Fried Panko Razor Clams, Grilled Romaine Hearts with Fried Capers

I hadn’t seen razor clams available in a long time, so when I saw them – I grabbed them. I made the Fried Panko Razor Clams, Grilled Romaine Hearts with Fried Capers which I hadn’t done in forever.

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I went with a bottle of the collaboration beer from De Garde and Jackie O’s called With Friends Like These – a wild ale brewed with late harvest muscat grapes and aged in oak barrels.

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Thanksgiving in August

A friend of the family who moved to Uruguay a few years back was in town visiting this weekend. We asked her what she would like us to cook, and she said that she really missed not having Thanksgiving. So, that’s what we did.

For an appetizer, I made my mother’s stuffed mushrooms. For the main course, I did a Fried Turkey with Gravy, Corn Bread Stuffing with Shrimp and Andouille and my family’s favorite Spinach Casserole. For dessert, my wife made the Toro Bravo Caramel Panna Cotta.

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I pulled a few bottles from the cellar for the occasion:  A 2014 bottle of the Sahati from The Ale Apothecary, Petit Blanc from De Garde, Fantasia – a Gin barrel peach beer – from Upright, Barrel Aged Spruce Tip from  Wolf Tree and a Salal Sour – a beer flavored with wild salal berries – from Yachats.

Broiled Oysters with Spinach and Brown Butter Hollandaise, Salad with Bay Shrimp

Saw this recipe in a recent copy of Saveur magazine and decided to give it a shot. I paired with a simple salad with bay shrimp and made my mother’s “Papa dressing”.

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I recently picked up the perfect beer for this meal: La Moule De L’Amour – a red Belgian ale brewed with oyster shells – which was a collaboration with Gilgamesh Brewing and Aaron Barnett of La Moule.

Seared Scallops with Romesco, Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

This week, I decided to do the Seared Scallops with Romesco from the Toro Bravo cookbook and pair it with some Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta.

Everything came out near perfect, but this was a reminder that I need more cast iron… One of these days, I’m going to break down and get some Finex.

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To drink, I went a bottle of Witchfinder from Holy Mountain.