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Shellfish Season Is Here!


 I’m being very SHELLFISH

I truly love every season of the year. I enjoy the different activities, smells, and flavors, but it is really hard to beat Spring, especially with the lovely weather we Wacoans are experiencing these days.

Selfishly, and shellfishly, I am going to cook more shellfish whether my family wants it or not. We can make many wonderful, quick, and delicious meals in one pot. A new favorite of mine is this recipe from April 2010 Sunset.com (maybe not new to anyone else). Try it if you’re a mussel lover – or even if you’re just a little adventurous. It’s delicious, simple enough for a weeknight, and elegant enough for a dinner party. If you just don’t have a stomach for mussels (ha!), try it with shrimp or scallops. All are low in fat and calories.


Orange & Basil Mussels


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large garlic clove, sliced

2/3 cup dry white wine

1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice

1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon red chile flakes

2 pounds mussels in shells, scrubbed, beards pulled off

1/3 cup sliced fresh basil leaves, divided



Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add wine, orange juice, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and chile flakes and let simmer 5 minutes. Add mussels and half the basil; cook, covered, until mussels have opened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with remaining basil. Serve with warm crusty Italian bread such as ciabatta.


“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold,

it would be a merrier world.” – J.R.R. Tolkien


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