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Friday Favorite: Young’s Lobster Pound

March 1st, 2013

I’ve declared my love of seafood before here and here. It was also one of the reasons we ended up in midcoast Maine instead of Vermont.
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Generally, I buy my seafood from a lady at the Belfast Farmers Market, but when the market is closed or I don’t get in to town on Saturday, we go to Young’s Lobster Pound.
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Usually, I get a different kind of seafood each week. Sometimes we go with scallops, other times we get fish, and every now and then lobster.
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This week clams were on the menu. The weather has been cold and wet, with lots of snow and rain. A big pot of clam chowder sounded perfect when I was thinking about what kind of seafood I wanted to buy.
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I settled on the recipe from Simply Recipes, it sounded perfect. There were a few changes made, I added garlic and lots of butter and omitted the flour. All-in-all, it’s a pretty good version.   I like my chowder on the thinner side, sometimes it’s a little too much like gravy when you order it at a restaurant.
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Now that we live close enough to the ocean to enjoy fresh seafood, we try to eat it as often as possible. It certainly is nice to have the option of having a wide variety of things from the sea on our plates!

Do you have a favorite food that isn’t readily available in your area?

Friday Favorite: Seafood

July 6th, 2012

I love seafood and fish, really any kind of thing that lives in water. If I have the choice, I’ll always choose fresh seafood over any other kind of protein. Here in our small town it’s tough to come by good seafood. I would drive to Cleveland on the days it’s delivered at West Side Market, but it’s still not quite as good as it is closer to the ocean and it would be 3 hours of driving.

I grew up eating really fresh fish. My grandpa had a boat and we’d go fishing on Lake Erie often, we enjoyed lots of walleye and perch when it went well. When we lived in Colombia we ate all kinds of different fish and seafood, huge river fish and seafood when we were up on the coast.

One of the things I’m super excited about when we move to Maine is the fresh seafood. I was talking to the people we bought the property from and they said there’s a seafood CSA close, which I’ll be joining as soon as possible!

While in Maine we stayed at the house with the couple we purchased it from and they fed us all kinds of great fresh seafood. After signing the closing papers we went down to Youngs Lobster Pound to get lobster & steamers for dinner that evening.

Wednesday for lunch we had leftover lobster on a salad. That night for dinner we enjoyed Maine shrimp in a stir fry of local vegetables. We only ate 6 meals in Maine and 3 of them contained something from the sea – sounds like the perfect ratio to me.

The chickens seem to enjoy seafood just as much as I do.

Are you a fish/seafood lover or do you prefer something else (or are you vegetarian)?

Friday Favorite: Seafood

March 9th, 2012

I love seafood! Sadly, it’s difficult to find good seafood/fish here in NE Ohio. Sure I can find good seafood if I drive to Cleveland, but that’s an hour and half each way. We often end up in locations with local seafood when we travel so I eat up when we do. While we were in Florida that was the case, particularly in Key West. Our first night in Key West the friendly folks at the campground recommended Hogfish Bar & Grill; it was quite good!

Back when I requested suggestions for our trip to Florida, one of you recommended Blue Heaven. We ate dinner there on Tuesday night and enjoyed it as well. Mr Chiots got a fresh Florida lobster tail and we ended our meal with classic Key Lime. Pie.

One of the things I’m super excited about with our plans to move to Maine is the seafood. I can’t wait to buy fresh local seafood at the local farmer’s market. We’ve already looked into clamming regulations and would love to learn how to do it. I don’t have a particular kind of seafood that’s my favorite, I pretty much love any kind of fish & seafood, especially those that taste of the sea. Freshwater fish is welcome on my plate anytime too!

Is fish/seafood welcome on your plate or would you rather stick to something else?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.