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    Guess what I just bought from the fishmonger!!!...**UPDATE**

    Summerwine
    Sat Mar 11, 2006 1:44 pm
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    MUSSELS! Believe it or not I have never even tasted these before because they had a bad rep. However, last month my hubby took me out for my birthday and I told the waiter I would like to try them but wasn't sure. He said "I'll talk to the chef and be back". He did come back with a bowl full of the best tasting morsels I've ever tasted! And they didn't even add it to our bill!!! icon_biggrin.gif

    Well, I just bought some today and am going to make Mussels in White Wine and Garlic by kyle martin. Wish me luck, I'll be back with a report...hehehe icon_smile.gif


    Last edited by Summerwine on Sat Mar 11, 2006 8:10 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Dawnab
    Sat Mar 11, 2006 4:20 pm
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    You will love them, they really are so easy to cook you will be amazed.
    Summerwine
    Sat Mar 11, 2006 8:09 pm
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    Oh wow! I think this was even better than the restaurant!! I served it over a bed of fresh spinach that I blanched with boiling water. yummy.gif I used fresh dill and fresh thyme for the fresh herb element as it was all I had on hand. I think I could half the ingredients for the sauce as there is so much left over! I did add a touch of cream to the sauce as well to give it a fuller body. I would also say that the prep time for this is a lot more than is stated cleaning all those shells!...lol. But good things come to those with patience eh? icon_wink.gif Please let me know what you think.

    Mussels in White Wine and Garlic by kyle martin



    Last edited by Summerwine on Sun Mar 19, 2006 5:32 am, edited 2 times in total
    *Parsley*
    Sat Mar 11, 2006 8:10 pm
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    That looks mighty fine! yummy.gif
    Summerwine
    Sat Mar 11, 2006 8:15 pm
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    Thanks Parsley (my favorite side dish chef!) icon_biggrin.gif It was really good. I was surprised at how it turned out. It does seem to be a lot of work though for such little. Most of the dish is the shells!!
    Marsha D.
    Sat Mar 11, 2006 8:39 pm
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    Looks great! Believe it or not I have never had mussels. icon_lol.gif
    I would really need help with knowning how to pick and prepare them, I am most certain icon_wink.gif icon_biggrin.gif
    Summerwine
    Sun Mar 12, 2006 5:47 am
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    Marsha D. wrote:
    Looks great! Believe it or not I have never had mussels. icon_lol.gif
    I would really need help with knowning how to pick and prepare them, I am most certain icon_wink.gif icon_biggrin.gif


    Hi Marsha D icon_biggrin.gif When I tasted mussels, to me, they taste kind of like mushrooms believe it or not, but that is just my opinion though. It seems to be the broth that makes it and the shells that give it a fancy look.

    I actually bought them on a whim when I was at the market. My hubby told me I should give it a go, so I did. I bought Scottish mussels, which are shiny black and was told that they should be closed, if they are open already they aren't any good. To clean them, my Rick Stein fish cookbook told me to put them all in a sink of cold water and using a blunt knife scrape the shells and remove what are called 'beards', which are the stringy bits that are on them. I made sure to scrub them good with a veggie brush as well because the shells would actually be in the broth. I threw away any mussels that were open or cracked.

    You might want to give it a go sometime. Iím not sure how much they would cost in your area, but I paid £2.98 and bought just shy of 3 lbs and it yielded approximately 60-65 mussels. I was bit nervous at first making them myself, but aside from the cleaning the shells, which wasnít hard, just tedious, it was really easy. My next experiment I think might be scallops. icon_eek.gif icon_lol.gif
    chia
    Sun Mar 12, 2006 8:35 am
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    they look delicious!
    Marsha D.
    Sun Mar 12, 2006 9:12 pm
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    Thank you Summerwine! icon_biggrin.gif It doesn't sound to bad at all after you explaining how you prepared them. I will look around and see what I can find. We have a Johnny's seafood close by and they have fresh seafoods, so one day I will stop in and see if they have any.
    I will get my DH to help me clean them icon_lol.gif he thinks he knows everything icon_rolleyes.gif about stuff like that icon_lol.gif
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