Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Why I Love August

Last night, Kyle and Bill came over and we had dollar crabs from Conrads...among other things. We started with tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. The mozzarella was from Ceriello, the basil from the yard, and the tomatoes from Mary's family's farm in Pennsylvania:

It's just perfect tomato time.

After the tomatoes, we moved on to steamed shrimp with onions:

Shrimp aren't that pretty to photograph, but they really did taste great. They usually do when they're packaged in foil and styrofoam.

Next, we set up the table outside and pulled out the mallets and knives:

Everybody wore their best this-can-get-dirty gear. Especially Bill:

This, to me, is what America is all about. So many choices, so much freedom:

And the crabs themselves:

Dollar crabs are smalls, but these were heavy. And hot. And nicely seasoned. And, as Cooper pointed out, they weren't hot because they'd been reheated - they were freshly steamed, which makes them so much better.

Finally, just because, here's Mia, the newest addition to Kyle and Mary's household:

She's pretty cute.

It was a great meal - the kind that ends because you can barely move anymore, both from picking and eating. A perfect late summer night all the way around.

1 comment:

Cail said...

This post, for me, is just a big pile of "want that". Delicious tomatoes, cheese, steamed shrimp, cute crab mallets, hot crabs, good friends, and a cute puppy...What else is there?


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