Mome reads Mommy, My daughter's way to spell it when she was younger... It stuck. My son calls me Mome... just like it looks. I now sign all my notes to them "Love, Mome". It's our inside secret and makes them smile. I always want them to smile.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

What's your favorite seafood dish?

With the Great American Seafood Cook off approaching in New Orleans(August 2-3), I thought I would post MY favorite seafood recipe and encourage others to post their's here as well. I know I could always use a few new recipes. I have to be honest, while I am extremely adventurous in my eating habits, my husband and son are not. The only seafood they will eat is popcorn shrimp, and salmon patties. It's such a shame. My daughter, fortunately, enjoys my enthusiasm, but she's 2, so she may outgrow it. At least I have friends and "other" family that let me experiment for and with them. Okay, here's my recipe...

Beer Mussels

3 lbs live mussels

2 cups beer (I prefer to use Killians, but any will do)

2 chopped onions (white or yellow, medium size)

5 cloves of garlic (chopped)

1 serrano chile (I like it HOT)

8 oz of fresh diced tomatoes

2 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro

Clean the muusels and discard any with broken shells.

Put beer, onions, garlic, chile and tomatoes in a large pot and bring to a boil.

Add mussels, cover, and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes (or until shells open)

Discard any unopened mussels.

Ladel into a bowl and top with fresh cilantro

Enjoy with a nice white wine and a good loaf of bread.

Although I am not A 5 star chef, I truly believe this recipe is worthy. Too bad it is not mine, but one passed down from my Grandmother.

Living in Virginia, I am fortunate to have a wide variety of fresh seafood at my disposal. I am also lucky that my Father in Law goes fishing weekly and is good at sharing! Nothing is better than the blissful taste of fresh, local seafood consumed the day of "catching".

Please comment with your favorite recipe so I can add it to my collection.

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