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Off the Wagon

More than 95% of my meals are eaten at home, and more than 95% of my food is sourced from local farmers.  But when I do “fall off the wagon,” I like to do it right. 

My latest culinary binge took place at Rosarito Fish Shack in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC.  I had octopus wrapped in bacon on a brioche roll topped with cole slaw.  It was so worth it.  

Off the Wagon

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Smoked Trout & Potato Salad

Every Wednesday, “Dave the Trout Fisherman” is at the Union Square Greenmarket.  He has the relaxed and optimistic attitude of a man who spends six days a week fishing for, and smoking, rainbow trout, so chatting with him is always a pleasure.  But eating his smoked trout is an even greater pleasure, and I’m sure he’d have it no other way.

Smoked Trout & Potato Salad

Blue Crabs

Before these feisty creatures are cooked, their shells are a beautiful shade of blue for which they are aptly named.  Though even the fisherwoman who sold this batch of blue crabs to me declared them “tedious” to eat ― a description with which I really can’t argue ― the experience makes for an adventurous afternoon, and one that I recommend everyone try at least once.  It will make you wonder why you ever wasted a moment eating lobster.

Blue Crabs

Steamed Mussels

I learned to love eating mussels during a trip to Prince Edward Island, Canada, where we would sit by the water and eat them by the bowl full.  But I learned to love cooking mussels in my own apartment when I returned to New York City and discovered that I could buy them from my fishermen at the farmers market.   I call it the five-minute meal: a big pot with some chopped onion or shallot, some chopped garlic, a little chopped parsley, a couple of lemon wedges, and two or three pounds of mussels; then add just enough white wine to make Julia Child happy and cover the pot.  Steam them for about 5 minutes or just until the shells pop open. Serve them with some pasta or crusty bread or, better yet, both.  You can thank me later.

Steamed Mussels