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LOBSTER in nyc - big tasty ones

Colameco's Food Show just featured The Palm last week. Great history. The Palm gets something like 80% of all the large lobsters in NYC, so for the big ones, that's where you go.

Dec 23, 2006
garlicbreath in Manhattan

What is on your menu for the holiday feast?

Yes, the Yule Log is back! Awesome tradition, brings back a lot of memories of Christmas in NY in the 60s and 70s. Last year or the year before, local Channel 11 (WPIX, same station that had Rizzuto, Messer and White calling Yankee games for a generation) starting broadcasting the original Yule Log show for a few hours on Christmas morning. I don't think they do the whole overnight broadcast the way they used to, just a few hours. It would be great if they made a dvd of that show and everyone could watch it on their tv.

Dec 23, 2006
garlicbreath in Home Cooking

sauce for fresh pasta?

A rustic, meaty pork sauce (or wild boar, to get a bit more dramatic for the holiday) is perfect on fresh pasta. Classic. As posted above, just a little sauce is needed. The noodles will be delicious almost on their own. Another idea: since it's Christmas, if you want to splurge and if you can find a truffle...? Buy a mix of great mushrooms, cook them in olive oil, truffle oil, garlic, wine or stock, and I like a bit of sage. Cook pasta 2-3 mins until done, combine in the pan with mushrooms and shave fresh truffle right in the pan. Once you bring the whole dish to the table, shave a fresh truffle over the platter again, and even again over each individual plate. Fabulous. Even without a truffle, I make this with just truffle oil and mushrooms and fresh pasta, and haven't gotten a complaint yet.

Dec 21, 2006
garlicbreath in Home Cooking

Feast of the Seven Fishes Recipes/Ideas

The above suggestions are great. But I always associate 4-minute calamari with lighter, summer dishes. In winter, and especially on Christmas Eve, I always do a 'slow' calamari, which is anywhere from 35-45 minutes in a large stock pot of marinara. (With calamari, the rule is either 4 minutes or 40 minutes, and nowhere in between.) The slower sauce comes out thicker and full of fishy flavor. But I agree with above posts: I would pre-cook the lobster. Add the calamari to your marinara, let it go for a good 35 mins. Start testing it. As soon as it's close to done, add the steamed lobster, some of the lobster juices from steaming, and the raw shrimp and bring it all together for the last 3-5 minutes before serving. Great. Now I'm hungry.

Dec 21, 2006
garlicbreath in Home Cooking

What is on your menu for the holiday feast?

Great reading everyone's menus. Our Christmas Eve is a traditional American-Italian seafood feast that's changed little over three generations. Big table: 25 adults, 10 children, a 5-hour meal. Everyone brings a few dishes, so preparations vary, but main items are:

Antipasti: shrimp, crabcakes, clams oreganato, seafood salad, arancini (rice balls), anchovy filets, various bean, olive, and tomato bruschetta

Pasta: Linguini with a choice of sauce: marinara, garlic & oil, or Calamari in Marinara

Dinner: sea bass, scallops, stuffed flounder, shrimp, lobster tails, bacala

Veggies: roasted winter veggies, mushrooms, broccoli rabe, salad

Dessert: traditional pies and pastry

Wine: yes

Yule Log on TV: if available

Gin rummy: until 3 or 4am

Dec 20, 2006
garlicbreath in Home Cooking

Has anyone been to Amanda's in Hoboken, NJ?

Amanda's is fabulous. Very unHoboken: located in a brownstone, it is formal and romantic. Great seasonal American menu, excellent service, warm setting. There are louder, hipper, younger restaurants in Hoboken, but there aren't any with better food. Great gift idea, because dinner prices are expensive enough that it's not an everyday restaurant. Three courses with wine (good $28-$38 list) will be in the $125-$150 range.

Dec 20, 2006
garlicbreath in Mid-Atlantic

Feast of the Seven Fishes?

Don't know of any restaurants in NJ, but Lupa also celebrates the Christmas Eve Feast. http://luparestaurant.com/specialeven...

Dec 18, 2006
garlicbreath in Manhattan