Posts tagged “shellfish”

How to Steam Clams, Plain or with Greek Gigantes Beans

Clams and Beans in Buttery Wine Broth

Gigantes, giant white beans, are a Greek specialty bean. I recently explained that gigantes are related to scarlet runner beans and are a PGI product of Greece. In the European Union, a PGI designation identifies foods grown in unique regions that have special qualities and characteristics. I also gave my ...

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Gourmet Fare From Remote Alaska Kitchen

Eric Brudie and Meg Simonian's Property on McDonald SpitKitchens of Alaska: McDonald Spit

Owners: Eric Brudie and Meg Simonian


Where: McDonald Spit is a long narrow strip of sand and gravel projecting out into Kachemak Bay. It’s south of Homer on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula near Seldovia. To get to McDonald Spit from Homer if you don’t have your own boat, ...

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All About Oysters: How Oysters Grow and How to Store Oysters

Fresh Raw Alaska Oysters

Video Slideshow by Laurie Constantino, Photographs by Laurie Constantino, Kathleen Metcalfe, and Michael Armstrong. Music “Hold Tight” by The Andrews Sisters.

“The best thing about oyster farming is knowing I’m bringing to market the finest oysters in the world,” said Oyster Farmer Mike Nakada when asked why he loves his work. ...

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Review of The Fishes & Dishes Cookbook

Commercial fishing drew me and my friends to pre-pipeline Alaska in the early 1970s. We grew up on Puget Sound, and left without looking back.  In those years, we worked in canneries, hoping for lots of overtime, or on boats for a percentage of the catch, hoping our captains would ...

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Seafood Specialties from Famed Athens Restaurant

The sun is setting over ice-rimmed Turnagain Arm, the inlet I see out my Anchorage window. The snow sparkles in the setting sun’s reflection.

My body is here, but my mind is in Greece. I’m wading the shallows of a Northern Aegean island, a plastic basin of sea urchins floating beside ...

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Seafood and Vegetable Stew with Rouille (Red Pepper Sauce)

Fish Soup with Edamame Fish and Vegetable Stew with Rouille

The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star. John Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Physiologie du Gout (Physiology of Taste) (1825)

Where do recipes come from? Family, community, tradition, and serendipitous accident are easy but incomplete answers.The ...

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