Mothers Day Lobster Dinner Tradition Goes the Distance

 

Every year  Henry Johnson would take his mother out for a Mothers Day lobster dinner.  But this year, Mom is retired and living 1300 miles away in Naples,Florida.   Getting together on Mother’s Day was not going to be possible.
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Johnson said he needed a way to keep the Mothers Day lobster-dinner tradition going.
So Johnson went online to see if he could find a seafood restaurant in Naples offering gift certificates.   But knowing his mother, Lillian Johnson, was a lobster gourmet, he was not sure he could find a restaurant offering the jumbo lobster his mother preferred.
The web search for a lobster-dinner gift certificate delivered a surprising result, according to Johnson. His Google page yielded a Cape Cod, Massachusetts Lobster delivery service that offered to send fresh, live Maine Lobster overnight to Naples, Florida.   And not just any lobster, but jumbo Maine Lobster.  The delivery service – Lobsters-Online.Com — also offered freshly harvested steamer clams and oysters.
Johnson said he was “thrilled” with the idea of sending his seafood loving mother a box of live Maine lobster on Mother’s Day.
After a few minutes of shopping the web site, Johnson selected two four-pound lobsters, a bushel of steamers and the Lobster Trap Co. homemade style Lobster Bisque. The Lobsters-Online.Com service offered a satisfaction guarantee, which was important to Johnson.
“What could be a better surprise,” Johnson said.  “Mom will be sitting at home, and the door bell will ring, and a box of live lobster will be delivered right to her door.”
Johnson said his mother is one of those Lobster aficionados who grew up in Maine, went to school in Boston and raised a family in Connecticut.  His mother’s only complaint about Florida has been that it is difficult to obtain locally fresh New England Lobster and shellfish.
“Mom knows how to cook and eat a lobster like a professional,” Johnson said. “She knows how to make lobster butter with the lobster roe and how to twist the small legs and flippers to get the even the small meat out.”
Sending live lobster on Mother’s Day, Johnson said, will go a long way toward keeping their Mother’s Day lobster dinner tradition going.
Lobsters-Online.Com has been serving up Mother’s Day lobster gift boxes for more than a decade.  Every lobster gift box includes only select-grade lobster fresh from the clean, crisp waters of New England.  The lobsters are placed in boxes with special individual compartments to protect them in transit.  The special box is placed inside a frozen-gel packed cooler and layered with wet seaweed.  The package is then shipped FedEx overnight delivery to ensure the lobster arrives fresh, alive and healthy.
Lobster gift boxes may be ordered by 2:30 p.m. EST for next day delivery.  Delivery is available Tuesday through Saturday.
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Broiled Maine Lobster Tails with Clarified Butter for Mother’s Day

Broiled fresh Maine lobster tails with clarified butter for Mother’s Day is an affordable and easy meal to prepare and can go a long way toward making this Mother’s Day celebration a really special occasion. And the good news is that even if you have never tried before, broiled Maine lobster tails are so easy to prepare at home it is almost impossible to mess up.

Sometimes Smaller is Better 

When broiling lobster tails for the first time, please note size does matter … a smaller tail (4 oz.)  can be the way to go. Larger tails take longer to cook and care must be taken not to overcook or the large tail can become tough.  Broiling smaller tails is much more forgiving. Smaller tails are also a bargain and can usually be bought and delivered for less than $10 a tail. Compare to the cost of a whole lobster at $20 to $30 or more.

broiled maine lobster tail with clarified butter
Broiled Maine Lobster Tail with Clarified Butter

The concept behind the broiled lobster tail with clarified butter is that the lobster can be the star of the meal or it be combined with a filet or other steak to make a surf and turf dinner. The choice is up to the chef.

Clarified Butter

The Clarified lemon butter  is the key to making this lobster-tail dish absolutely delicious. It’s well worth the additional work so don’t cut any preparation corners here.

So now let’s get started on a meal for a Mother’s Day Celebration:

Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 2-4

Ingredients

(4) 4-oz Maine lobster tails, thawed

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (about 3 sticks)

Juice of 2 medium lemons

½  Tsp ground black pepper

Preparation
1. Cut the top of each shell all the way down the center with kitchen shears. Stop cutting just before the fan tail.  Insert fingers gently into the shell incision to loosen the meat. Gently pull the meat and fan it on top of the shell. Set tails aside.

2. Cut and squeeze lemon juice into a bowl.

3.  Place butter into a medium sauce pan. Heat over medium-high heat until the butter begins to turn white and foam. The milk solids will begin floating to the top. With medium sized spoon, skim off the milk solids and discard. Repeat the skimming until there are no more milk solids. Stir in lemon juice and add ground black pepper. Lower the heat to keep butter mixture warm.

4. Baste the lobster tails with the warm, clarified lemon-butter mixture. Place the remaining butter in ramekins.

5. Preheat broiler oven. If using a temperature gauge, broiler should be pre-heated to about 425 degrees.

4. Place lobster tails on broiler pan and adjust pan so the tails are about 6-9 inches away from the broiler flame. Broil for 3-4 minutes (longer if using larger tails). Keep a close watch and take care not to overcook. The lobster tails are done when the shell turns bright red and the meat has turned an opaque white.

5. Serve immediately with a ramekin of clarified lemon butter.

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Maine Lobster Roll Recipe Simply the Best

It’s hard to improve upon the traditional Boston and Maine lobster roll recipe. The lobster roll  that you can experience in any of the numerous lobster shacks and seafood restaurants that inhabit the Massachusetts coast line.  Sometimes simple is just simply the best and there is just no reason to change anything.  Nothing is better than the pure, sweet taste of lobster.

As the old adage says, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

But there are a couple of tricks if you want authenticity.  You must use fresh, live Maine lobster.  And if you want an overflowing lobster roll you can eat with a fork, plan on one 1 ¼ pound lobster per roll.  And if at all possible, make sure you use New England style split top hot dog buns (with the cut sides) as the roll’s flavor explodes when toasted on a grill or skillet.

boston lobster roll on new england top loading bun
Boston lobster roll on New England style top loading bun

For two people, order two 1 ¼ pound lobster online for home delivery or get them from your local fish market.  Steam the lobster in a large kettle with steaming rack filled with about two-to-three inches of cold water.  Add two tablespoons of sea salt and bring water to roiling boil.  Place the lobster head first into the kettle and steam about 10 to 12 minutes.

Remove the lobster and open the cooked tail, claws, knuckles and legs with a large chef’s knife.  Remove any cartilage or veins from the tail.

Ingredients:

  • Chop the meat from two 1 ¼ pound lobster into small chunks
  • Two tablespoons of mayonnaise (one per lobster)
  • 4 lemon wedges (served on the side)
  • 1 medium stalk of celery, finely diced
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Potato chips and pickle for serving

Preparation: 

  • Mix the lobster meat and mayonnaise in a large bowl.  Use just enough mayonnaise to coat the meat but not so much that it is holding the meat together
  • Grind in two or three grinds of pepper.  You don’t need much
  • Add in the celery and mix again
  • Cover and chill for at least an hour
  • After the mixture has chilled, pre-heat the grill or an iron skillet
  • Spread softened butter on both sides of each roll
  • Over medium heat, toast the buns on each side for 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown
  • Fill each toasted roll to overflowing and serve immediately with lemon wedge, chips and pickle
  • Note: To add a little extra spice to the Boston lobster roll recipe, chop up two scallions and add it to the mixture along with a dash of cayenne

 

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The Best Lobster & Seafood Restaurants in Las Vegas

When most people think of Las Vegas, they tend to think of the famous American city’s casinos and its nightlife. However, if you were to take a trip to Vegas, you would quickly discover that there are many other things to do in Las Vegas than playing at one of its many unique and massive casinos. For instance, it is home to several fantastic lobster and seafood restaurants.

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The following are three of the beat seafood restaurants you will find during your trip to Sin City:

American Fish by Michael Mina – located in the Aria Hotel Casino, this upscale restaurant offers patrons a fine dining experience in a beautiful ocean-themed atmosphere. Some of the exquisite foods you will find here include New England Lobster Roll, Mustard-Marinated Black Cod, and Cornmeal-Crusted Rainbow Trout.

 

 

Maine lobster claws, oysters and littleneck clams on a plate
Oysters and Lobsters at Aquaknox in Las Vegas

Aquaknox – at the famous Venetian Casino and hotel, you will find Aquaknox, an incredibly sophisticated seafood restaurant that provides customers with a menu that includes fresh fish that is flown in each day and skillfully prepared to create succulent dishes like Maine Lobster Bisque. Other tasty dishes include Yellowfin Tuna, Stone Crab Claws, Alaskan Halibut, and Caviar.

Lobster, oysters and shrimp in a seafood tower
New England seafood tower at Mastros Ocean Club Las Vegas

Mastro’s Ocean Club – the Las Vegas version of this seafood restaurant can be found in the posh shopping mall located in the CityCenter Complex. The restaurant is situated within a curvy two-story structure that is known as “The Treehouse”. Some of its signature dishes include the Butter Cake and the iced Seafood Tower. Patrons looking for traditional seafood dishes will also find Alaskan King Crab, Broiled Live Main Lobster, Salmon, Halibut, and Tuna.

 

 

 

 

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