Armed with a bevy of recipes, we are taking on the wonderful foods of New England. These are the foods of Helana’s youth. Helana grew up in Maine, and apparently if you catch her in the mood she’ll pit her lobster against yours. True story. Before all the seafood goodness, be sure to check out Russ’ Strawberry Cake. It’s the cake from the Strawberry episode.
We’ve got some great recipes, but we also find out What’s Helana Excited About? This week it’s a cookbook that over 150 dishes from Maine. If you’re compelled to eat more New England based foods, this is the book for you.
On to the recipes! First off is Bouillabaisse. Take any kind of seafood/shellfish you have in the house or that’s fresh at the market, mix it up with some essential herbs and spices and wallah! Next is the quintessential New England dish, Maine Lobster. Cooking lobster requires some unique equipment that you don’t need for most other meals. You may need one of these bad boys to keep your shirt clean. To cook the lobsters you’re going to need a steamer. To ease in the cracking of lobster claws, a claw cracker may be in order. Third recipe on the docket is Beer Steamed Clams. What a way to go, steamed in beer. Lucky clams. (You may contact PETA here.) Finally, we end with New England Fish Chowder. Read that closely. It’s fish, not clam chowder. You may not enjoy the chewy texture of clams, but you get all the awesome flavor and some delicious flaky fish to boot.
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We end the show talking about the Mexican food show. Andrew wrote in asking, What the heck is “celantromoo doupande“? We can’t figure it out. Help us out by leaving a comment below.