Another subset of my cookbook collection turns out to be books and pamphlets with sardine recipes.   About half the readers just made a face.  At some point towards the end of the 20th century, the idea of eating Sardines took on a distasteful image in the media and the mind of many Americans. I can’t more »

I picked up this table top clam shucker last week for a couple of bucks. This particular design invented by Kevin Frieswick in 2004  is still being sold, but from what the reviews tell me, the new ones are being made with less care than this one. This is a nice sturdy hardwood and firmly more »

Join me for a Fourth of July Lobster Boil, here in my backyard in Portland, Maine. Warning, there will be graphic depiction of crustation carnage and mollusc mayhem. Into this vintage enamelware lobster pot, I cook up some Maine grown corn on the cob, Maine Lobsters and some locally collected Softshell Steamer Clams. While I more »

Trigger Warning: bivalves will be killed and eaten for your viewing pleasure…and my lunch. I always buy mussels when I see them, and in Maine we are spoiled for choice. Harbor Fish had lovely Bang Island Mussels, so I had another outdoor feast… all shellfish tastes better outside. Bang Island Mussels are sustainably farmed and more »