Saturday, February 2, 2013

A Humboldt County Meal

One of the things that make winter on the North Coast of California worthwhile is crab season!  There's nothing like fresh Dungie's!

The Man of My Dreams did something very sweet Thursday night and came home with these little critters from the Jenna Lee.
He got a pot of water boiling on the BBQ and in no time we had these ready to be backed, cracked and eaten.
Mmmm Claw meat is the best!
He served these sweet buttery crustaceans up with melted butter and garlic, a refreshing mixed green salad, and some delicious Focaccia bread from Brio Bread Works.
Along with a cold beer and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc this was one rich satisfying and romantic dinner.

The next night the girls were home with us and we needed something a little more kid friendly.  So Kelly made his "Beer Butt Chicken".  Minus the beer, because he soaked up some applewood chips and cooked this bird in his smoker.  I'm not sure what his secret spice rub was, but I can tell you it involved paprika.
And this is what this very moist and heavenly good fowl came out looking like after about an hour and 15 minutes or until the breast was at 160 degrees.
Mmmm! Perfection.  I have never had chicken breast that was so moist!  Ever!  This had to be the most perfectly cooked chicken I've ever had. Next time I think we should kick it up a notch and brine it first.

Since we're still unpacking and living partially out of boxes, we dug through the numerous boxes labeled "pantry" and pulled out a box of Cheesy Potato Casserole, and steamed up some mixed veggies and enjoyed ourselves a late Friday night comfort meal.
Now, back to unpacking, and making some chicken stock.  I have a friend who is in need of some healing chicken soup, so I better get on it.
Bon Appetit!

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