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Fennel, Avocado and Lobster Salad

I have to laugh when I think about where I was a year ago.  I won’t say that things were bad… just lots of uncertainties. I started 2012 very scared.  I was terrified not knowing what each day would bring or when work would come in. Never did I imagine such a fruitful first year of freelancing.  Nor did I expect to travel as much as I did.  Italy, Kentucky, OhioOregonMaine.  Maybe that’s why these last 12 months flew by the way they did.  Lots and lots of traveling.

2013 is looking to be an exciting year.  There are projects in the works, trips planned, and the arrival of a new family member (my sister is due in March).  I’m still getting used to the life of a freelance photographer, but I don’t think I’ve ever been happier than I am now. And I can’t wait to see what’s in store.

I know that lobster isn’t as cheap for everyone as it is for us in New England, but if you happen to splurge on some crustaceans to celebrate the arrival of the new year, I think there are two ways of preparing them:  1) with butter and lemon or 2) this bright and beautiful salad with fennel, avocado and citrus.  One is a lot healthier than the other (it’s the salad), which means you won’t feel guilty if you have a couple slices of chocolate cake after (or a bottle of champagne… because if you’re going to eat lobster, you must have champagne.  It’s a fact).


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  • JulieDDecember 30, 2012 - 1:46 am

    So glad to hear that 2012 was a great year for you!! May 2013 be even better!!

    And this salad looks great, Brian!!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleDecember 30, 2012 - 2:48 am

    This is one heck of a beautiful salad! Bring on an equally wonderful, if not better 2013!ReplyCancel

  • Liz @ The Lemon BowlDecember 30, 2012 - 9:00 am

    What a gorgeous salad- I love fennel and orange but never thought to add lobster! Happy New Year and congrats on a successful 2012!ReplyCancel

  • BunkycooksDecember 30, 2012 - 9:11 am

    Glad to hear that 2012 was a great year for you. You are correct that lobster is definitely more expensive for us in Atlanta, but we did splurge on two small lobster tails for New Year’s Eve, so we will be serving them with drawn butter. However, the salad would be a nice option, too. Cheers to 2013!ReplyCancel

  • Bev @ Bev CooksDecember 30, 2012 - 11:19 am

    Ohhhh if there was a way for this to appear in my head rawt nerrrrrr.ReplyCancel

  • LirenDecember 30, 2012 - 2:52 pm

    Lobster on the brain for New Years, indeed, Brian! Is there any other way? Well, out here, we do flip flop between lobster and dungeness crab, and in this salad, I would want a little bit of both!

    Here’s to an amazing 2012, Brian, and I can’t wait to see what 2013 brings. It’s been an adventure and I’m so glad to see how well you do!ReplyCancel

  • Denise WoodwardDecember 30, 2012 - 4:37 pm

    Gorgeous lobsta photos! Happy New Year to you and Eric!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne PerazziniDecember 31, 2012 - 1:47 am

    This looks healthy and very elegant.ReplyCancel

  • Joan NovaDecember 31, 2012 - 1:52 am

    I just about burst into song like Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music… “these are (definitely) a few of my favorite things!”

    Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Debbe KingDecember 31, 2012 - 2:16 am

    I am sooo hungry looking at this.ReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveDecember 31, 2012 - 11:14 am

    Perfection! If only I could eat lobster all day, every day… sigh.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly Egglestone JaronskyDecember 31, 2012 - 2:47 pm

    So glad you had a great 2012…2013 will be an exciting one!
    This salad looks amazing, definitely a reason to splurge on a little lobster :)ReplyCancel

  • Dara Whitelaw MichalskiDecember 31, 2012 - 6:25 pm

    Oh my! Gorgeous! A very Happy New Year to you and Eric. I hope I get a chance to see you again in 2013.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanJanuary 1, 2013 - 10:44 pm

    MMnnnn. . . I LOVES me some lobstah, especially when it’s saladed

    ¿langosta?. . . ¡langosta!ReplyCancel

  • EmilyJanuary 2, 2013 - 2:17 am

    I get fennel-salad-obsessed in the winter–thanks for giving me a new option!ReplyCancel

  • CarolynJanuary 2, 2013 - 7:03 am

    Oh my, now that is my kind of salad. I am so thrilled you are doing so well as a freelancer! That is fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • Meatballs & MilkshakesJanuary 2, 2013 - 4:37 pm

    This actually makes me want to eat salad! That’s quite a feat….ReplyCancel

  • Verses from my KitchenJanuary 3, 2013 - 8:59 pm

    Gorgeous salad, Brian! I’m so happy 2012 turned out as it did for you. Freelance work is tough but so rewarding and can take you to places you never dreamed of going. Here’s hoping 2013 takes off for you and you’ll continue to live your passion.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Panini HappyJanuary 4, 2013 - 1:04 am

    Wishing you many more exciting opportunities in 2013, Brian! You’re SO making me wish I didn’t have a lobster allergy – I absolutely love the looks and sound of this salad. I’ll make it with shrimp. :-)ReplyCancel

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  • ChristinaApril 1, 2014 - 2:44 pm

    Just had a lobster and beet salad this weekend… this looks like it might be comparable! :)ReplyCancel

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  • A Thought For FoodJanuary 1, 2013 - 3:58 am

    Thank you Dara! Wishing you a super new year! ReplyCancel

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