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"Oh, Roooooooooby...don't take your Cioppino to town..." (Kenny Lobster and the New Crustaceans)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

About a week ago the new Bon Appetit arrived. Not QUITE as full of food porn as the now-defunct Gourmet magazine, but this issue was close. They had a picture of the most delicious-looking Cioppino (Italian Seafood Stew) and I decided that I needed to make Cioppino. Their recipe came from the East Coast, and I live on the West Coast, so there were a few changes in the recipe, and I happen to like a lot of veg in my seafood stew.



For any of you who like to cook, you know making a seafood stew is really expensive. The key is to watch the ads. When something goes on sale - it usually arrives at the store in 5 pound bags or so, flash frozen. What they put out has been thawed from those bags. This includes lobster, big shrimp, scallops and some other seafood like tuna. Ask your seafood person if they have still-frozen portions, and tuck those away in your freezer when they're on sale. You'll save about half, and they thaw quickly in a bowl of cold water. Sometimes you'll have to buy a large quantity, so networking with friends is good because often you can split a bag or case of something expensive (lobster.) I'm such a hippy - lol!

A few things you have to buy fresh, of course - the bivalves (mussels and clammage.)

The Cioppino turned out great. I took over a large container the first night to the neighbors across the street. Tonight we had neighbors from the other across and from behind - the behind ones are moving away tomorrow - CRY.

I had added fresh zucchini to the Cioppino in the picture - OMG - perfection. We ate it with fresh baguette. We talked and laughed and everyone said that it was the best they'd ever had.

Then the neighbor from across the street came over and said they ate it tonight, and she thought her visiting father was going to stick his face in the bowl and lick it out. LOL! Her parents are visiting from India, so I am thrilled they enjoyed my cooking.

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One of my guests tonight said she told her mom last night that I reminded her of her Grama, in that I just wanted to feed people and make them feel happy.

I count that among the highest compliments I've ever received in my life.

She went home, and ten minutes later, another neighbor knocked on the door (it's now 10 pm) and said, Ruby, I am sorry to ask, but my husband had a root canal this afternoon, they only gave him Ibuprofen, he's in agony, what do I do? I sent her home with a remedy and an ice pack from the freezer. He's feeling better now.

My daughter used to tease me about having to be the Mommy of the whole world.

If you're on a quest for World Domination, I think it's a good start.
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  • v SCOOTER4263
    Must be too early in the morning for me to be reading blogs - I honestly thought you were going to say you sent her home with a remedy and a hunk of frozen *tuna* from the freezer!

    Thirty or so years ago, Bon Ap had a recipe for a cioppino-like dish - it had hot sausage and clams (in the shells) in the broth and I adored it. Sadly, the recipe was lost and I've been looking for it ever since. *sigh*
    2132 days ago
  • v LLEWIS6879
    You are SUCH a tease...

    I'll bet you show that to ALL the girls...

    (I'll be looking around for THAT recipe, having never made cioppino before, I feel inspired!)

    2174 days ago
  • v EMBBEAR
    Rooby that looks delicious! I will have to put up a pic of our homemade sushi we fed the neighborhood with...
    2174 days ago
  • v DALAI_LALA
    Rooby is the mother of all things and all things shall be FED!

    Smoochies!

    Lala
    2174 days ago
  • v ELSIE_BEE
    World domination? So now you strive to be a dominatrix???
    2174 days ago
  • v INFLATED
    It sure looks good!

    The things you write make me bust a gut laughing. "Then the neighbor from across the street came over and said they ate it tonight, and she thought her visiting father was going to stick his face in the bowl and lick it out. LOL!"
    2175 days ago
  • v RAIN_SIS
    How would it be if the Motherers ran the world?
    Imagine it.
    Drifting off into a lovely daydream........
    2176 days ago
  • v HIPPICHICK1
    "My daughter used to tease me about having to be the Mommy of the whole world.
    If you're on a quest for World Domination, I think it's a good start."

    You and Ellen Degeneres should get together!!
    2176 days ago
  • v KATHRYNLP
    OMG... Bouillabaisse... I need some NOW !! emoticon
    2176 days ago
  • v LIBBYFITZ
    I love anything seafood! Thanks for the tips. Come and live near me in Santiago, Chile. there is great seafood here somewhere? emoticon
    2176 days ago
  • v SCHWINNER!
    I wish I was your neighbor!! :) You indeed take care of everyone, and that is a fabulous quality to have! I'm not a big fan of clams and mussels, but I'd try your cioppino!!!
    2176 days ago
  • v SUGARBABY60
    WOW what a fantastic meal and beautiful photo. I can smell it from here. congrats go to the BEST COOK ON THE BLOCK!!! This is better than the Food Channel, You really cook with the love! emoticon emoticon
    2176 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/15/2010 3:51:16 AM
  • v ROOBYBEGONIA
    Rooby ponders dominating Cheri's world and then slaps herself and goes to bed. LOLZ! :)
    2176 days ago
  • v CHERIRIDDELL
    Oh Man twas brillig and the slithy toads wished they could sidle on over to Roobybegonia's for cioppino .I am leaving a trail of crustacean lover's drool across my monitor right now .You can dominate my world any day!!!
    2176 days ago
  • v ANDYLIN90
    Loved your blog title and I enjoyed the pictures. Sounds like a feast!
    2176 days ago
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