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clams and mussels
The Iberian tradition of combining shellfish and pork is one of the great pairings in the world. Here is the most famous of the many such dishes: Spanish clams and chorizo.
It’s occurred to me that there is a lot of misinformation out there about purging the sand from clams. I’ve been doing it for many, many years and here is how I do it, and what you need to know to do it yourself at home.
I love fried clams. A lot. Maybe too much. My sisters will attest to this. Well, this is how they make fried clams in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, where I’ve been eating giant baskets of them since at least 1974. This recipe is so good you’ll want to head out to the clam flats ASAP.
Winter is the best time for clams and mussels here on the West Coast, and this briny, main-course soup from Sardinia is perfect for cool, rainy days.
I never liked smoked mussels out of a can. So I thought I did not like them. But on a lark, I decided to make some myself. Holy crap they are good! Rarely have I encountered something so foul in a can that is so sublime when homemade.
No matter if you are foraging, fishing or hunting, everyone wants a bonanza. Well, I had a day like that last week clamming with fellow forager Kirk Lombard. And when it was over, there was really only one dish I could make: Classic pasta with white clam sauce.
Today is Mother’s Day, and for me that means mom’s clam chowder. Not only is it a wonderful chowder, but it’s also a bowl full of memories.
Clam cakes? Yep, they’re a Rhode Island tradition. I eat them every time I go to Block Island. Think clam beignet, or a clam donut hole. They are sinfully good.