Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year to all!

Happy new year!!!

From Daryl aka Avery:

I hope this finds you happy, alert, and raring to go to tackle a new year. What makes this year different than any other? You, your attitude, your enthusiasm. Okay, I guess that pretty much is how we should look at every day, right? I try. Believe me, I try. :)

Fun days ahead with all the football games. Yesterday, Stanford (my alma mater) won!  Go Cardinal.  (A color, not the bird - silly, yes, but what can you do? Choosing a color and a dopey tree for a mascot was the student body's way of protesting having their longtime mascot, a regal Indian, 86'd, thanks to a petition. Ergo, petitions work.)

Anyway, for the end of college football season and looking forward to the professional season windup, I decided to make some lobster bisque. I was inspired by my stepdaughter's beautiful son, Eliijah. He is just starting to learn to cook and has great enthusiasm. He is picky about food, but when he likes something, he really likes it and wants to learn to cook it. He had lobster bisque at Red Lobster. I looked up the recipe and it didn't look quite right. I think restaurants are sneaky and sometimes post things that are close but not the real thing. So, Eliijah and I tweaked it.

This is Eliijah learning that a piece of bread between your teeth while chopping onions keeps the fumes from getting into your eyes.

This soup took a few steps, but it was well worth it. Delicious. We served it with a green salad and breadsticks (gluten-free for me). What a fun night.




2 Lobster tails
4 cups water
2 cups dry white wine
2 cups chicken broth (gluten-free)
½ cup butter
1 cup onions, finely diced
½ cup carrots, finely diced
½ cup celery, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, diced
½ cup tapioca starch or sweet rice flour
¼ cup brandy
1 ½ cups tomatoes, (diced) (I used canned, liquid strained)
1 teaspoon Paprika
1 teaspoon thyme
1 tablespoon salt
2 cups heavy cream


Chop the vegetables and set aside.

Put water, wine, and chicken stock in deep pot and bring to boil. Place lobster tails in the broth. Reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered for 6 minutes. Remove lobster from broth and set to the side. When cool, remove the back shell and dice the lobster meet into tiny cubes.

Meanwhile, strain broth through a sieve into a bowl and set aside.

Return pot to the stove and add the butter. Melt. Add the carrots, celery, onion and garlic. Heat for 3 minutes on medium. Stir. Add the brandy. Stir. Add the gluten-free flour. Stir until all flour incorporated.

Add the tomatoes, paprika, thyme and salt. Stir well. Add the reserved broth. Stir and bring to a boil. Cook for 25-30 minutes on medium low heat.

Remove from the heat and puree the mixture in small batches. Return to the pot. Add the lobster and cream.  Heat about 3-5 minutes and serve. 

Note: I got lobster tails at the grocer. 2 did the trick. They were frozen and not too expensive.

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  1. Oh, yummy! Now all I need is a couple of lobster tails (yes, there is an ocean near where I live, and our supermarket does have a tank of live lobsters). I've been lobster-deprived for years: my husband grew up in landlocked Indiana, and still doesn't understand what all the fuss is about with lobsters. Poor man!

    1. Funny isn't it, Sheila, re: the fuss about lobster. The tenderness and meatiness is something special.



  2. Lobster bisque! Yummy! We celebrated new years day with a lobster dish.
    For outrageously delicious lobster stew, go to the Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine. Served with fresh popovers (not for the GF crowd), it's lobster, cream, and sherry. Not much else. Your version sounds like a more "realistic" approach.
    I'll need to try it out.

    1. Libby, this was definitely realistic if a little one can help do all the fixings. We had fresh popovers (the gluten-free) kind on Christmas day. Loved them. I'll be sharing that recipe in a couple of weeks. They were so good and can be made all year round!

      Hugs and happy new year.

      Avery / Daryl

  3. Sounds delicious Avery, and I love the photo of the sous-chef:). So much fun to have a colleague in the kitchen...

    You have also solved a question for me. I could never understand why Stanford called themselves "the Cardinal"--sounded so silly. But now I get it! We are huge UConn women's basketball fans--sorry to say our team whomped yours this week:). If you don't watch the Stanford women play, it's worth it--they are wonderful!

    1. Lucy, I agree. Fun having a "colleague" in the kitchen. My son and DIL are here for holidays and we're cooking often! My son loves to cook!

      Re: Stanford b-ball. Yes, the ladies are good. They're going to win some, lose some. UConn is always good! Congrats to your team.

      Avery / Daryl

  4. Oh yum! I have a refrigerator full of leftovers, but I have to say this would really hit the spot right now.

    What a handsome sous chef! I bet everyone loved his bisque.

    ~ Krista

    1. Yep, everyone loved his bisque. He loved the praise.

      Avery / Daryl