There are days I wish I could get myself to concentrate on my professional life more, yet most days, I find myself burying my body and soul in the kitchen, spending countless hours putting together meals for others; I guess there are way worse ways to occupy my time.
My husband had a golf date last Friday and asked me to put together a small post-outing dinner. I decided to do a bit of a riff on Ina Garten’s Kitchen Clambake and went from soup to nuts changing up a few things. I’ve done this clambake before using live lobsters; my fish and poultry guy advised on frozen tails this time around as ‘the water is just too warm for those lobsters to have much meat,’ so frozen tails were my choice. It actually made the whole thing so much easier, and I wouldn’t say I like throwing live creatures in the pot anyway. I also added two bottles of white wine instead of the recommended two cups; it really made a great tasting broth as I cooked it down a bit longer than required, I had things to do.
Thank goodness Bill loves his lawn equipment, that Kuboda came in handy as I also moved tables, chairs, and everything required for dinner for six. I love a little surprise and delight for my dinner guests, and I’m pretty sure they enjoyed the walk down to the lower deck after I rang the dinner bell, arriving at a fully set table and a fun buffet.
I wore a dress I bought for my daughter Mary that I found at a little outdoor boutique on the St. Pete’s Pier, pairing it with a pair of Dolce & Gabbana earrings I bought in Aspen, CO, three summers ago. The combination felt right; I love when my clothes accurately reflect the mood I’m going for.
Two other things I loved about this small party: the Limoncello Vodka Collins cocktails I mixed up, and the Perfect Peach Pie with scratch vanilla ice cream. Isn’t it extra great when your dress matched your cocktail?
Every day dress, Summer Clambake.