I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. I’m celebrating a birthday this weekend… the last year in my 20s. I know, SO OLD! I must admit that I’ve been looking forward to turning the big THREE-OH for a while. And now that we are only a year a way, we can start planning (not that I haven’t been for the past five years). Seriously, I have visions… and it involves a multi-course seafood dinner at a well known New York establishment (Eric, are you reading this?).
We’re keeping my 29th birthday quiet this year, because Eric and I could use a little alone time after a summer full of travel and family vacations and work… and more work. The Cape house is ours (ALL OURS) and our goal is to just sit on the deck, read, listen to music, sleep, drink, eat… drink some more, eat some more. We do have grand plans to pull out the charcoal grill to smoke some more bluefish, as well as salmon and maybe even oysters (I know, I know… tough life). Oh, yes, and there will be margaritas. Not sure you knew that I’m a tequila fan. A fresh margarita and some fish tacos… I don’t really need anything else.
My friend, fellow blogger and Boys Club contributor, Greg Henry, has come out with a wonderful new book full of unique cocktail recipes called Savory Cocktails. I had it on our coffee table for a few days and Eric and I kept poking through it, tabbing recipes we want to try. For any cocktail enthusiasts out there, this book is totally for you.
Greg and the publisher of Savory Cocktails have been generous enough to offer a copy to give away to one A Thought For Food reader.
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Unlike most of our trips to the Cape, we breezed over the Sagamore Bridge without hitting any traffic. It was particularly odd for the Labor Day weekend. Definitely a pleasant surprise, one we felt we deserved after a summer of sitting bumper to bumper for hours on end. We arrived, mixed gin and tonics, and sat outside until the sun went down. I woke up on Saturday (at 6:30, because Maki’s trained me to wake up then. Oh, the joys of having a pup), and, following a walk around the neighborhood, got started on a batch of blueberry scones. Of course, as we finished our leisurely breakfast, talk quickly turned to what we were going to eat for lunch. It didn’t take long to figure out the perfect Cape Cod lunch: mussels with crusty bread and a crisp white wine.
A bowl of mussels is one of those unique dishes that’s decadent and satisfying and takes very little work. A bit of butter, a lot of garlic, a splash of cream and white wine and you have something splendid. There’s no question that bread must be served… and you’ll need the whole loaf… for scooping up mussels and dipping into this rich broth.