Does dinner get more epic than this? Here’s what I love about food: I probably would not have remembered this Friday but now I always will because it’s the day my mom and I had lobster at the lake. What a special evening!
My dad saw this fully cooked lobster on sale this summer and got it as a surprise for me and my mom to have out at the lake sometime. She put it in the freezer for a rainy day. Who even knew you could freeze cooked lobster in the shell? Not this Texan! We did a ton of research (as always!) about how to best prepare fully cooked frozen whole lobster. We let it thaw in the fridge overnight then plunged it into boiling water (with a tablespoon of sea salt) for 2 or 3 minutes. The texture was perfect. I mean, PERFECT! My mom exclaimed, “It tastes just like Maine!” when she ate her first bite.
I also roasted potatoes (tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roasted at 400 for about 35 minutes, then sprinkled with chopped rosemary from my garden and roasted for another 5 or 10 until golden) and served a simple side salad with dinner.
We squeezed lemon into melted butter to dip the lobster chunks and were in fits of giggles attempting to crack the lobsters open without proper tools. (Shoutout to Wüstoff knives for having sharp enough scissors for the task!) I think we did pretty darn good. No lobster meat was left behind!
I had been saving a bottle of Kerr Cellars 2018 UV Vineyard Chardonnay for a special occasion and certainly impromptu lobster (oh and my first COOKBOOK being printed this week!) warranted opening it. This is truly one of the most magical wines I’ve ever had. Dipping a chunk of lobster meat into lemony butter and then chasing it down with this Chardonnay was absolute perfection, culinary nirvana.
This magical Chardonnay smells like jasmine and orange blossom. Its striking minerality is clean and crisp, delightful on a chilly fall day. I was genuinely sad to finish my last glass because I didn’t want the magic to end. You can buy this dreamy wine here.
Food is just so cool! With a single bite, we were transported to Maine. One minute you’re lakeside in east Texas and the next you think you’re in Camden looking out at the sailboats enjoying exquisite lobster without having to sit on an airplane to get it. I hope this inspires you to take a little culinary journey of your own.
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