Saturday, August 2, 2008

Time for Lobsta!

We spent our second day in York exploring the region. We visited Cape Neddick Lighthouse and walked the Cliff Walk in York and Marginal Way in Ogunquit. We climbed over big rocks and built a rock tower. We snacked on some blackberries and searched out other local food. It was harder to find than I imagined it would be. I wanted to visit the Spiller Farm in Wells, but Steve thought it was too far to drive. Besides, he had seen a sign for a farm stand in York Beach.

Well, we looked and looked and looked for this farm stand. There were signs from two different roads on opposite sides of town. When we finally found it, it was abandoned – and it was too late to drive north. So we ended up back at Hannaford Supermarket, where we bought some new potatoes and corn on the cob.

Local lobsters were easier to score. Even though lobsters were selling for $5.99 a pound (for 1 – 1 1/4 pounders) at Hannaford, we were determined to buy them from a local fisherman. We found Mary Coite’s York Harbor Lobster down at York Harbor where the lobster boats unload every day. It was right across the harbor from the Dockside Guest Quarters where we were staying and could watch those same lobster boats come and go. We got 1 1/2 pounders and they were only about $1.50 more a pound, so still very much a bargain.

Steve wanted steamers but the local fish store was out, so he settled for little necks. He also picked up a couple of scallops. He cooked the clams in the mussel broth he saved from the night before and we ate them with the remainder of the loaf of bread from the night before.

Then he sautéed us each one large scallop and a couple of stalks of broccolini for a second small appetizer.

After our appetizers, we decided to go exploring once more. We checked out the Wiggly Bridge, where Steve cast a few lines in Barrels Mill Pond.

No luck with the fishing, so we headed back to Cape Neddick Lighthouse to see their Christmas in July. Very beautiful.

When we got back to our room, we ate a refresher course of pepino melon from Ecuador and mango from Mexico (very definitely not local, but we were splurging) and popped a bottle of Mumm Napa Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine, while the lobsters cooked.

Finally we had our lobster feast. Now that’s why we love Maine!

The next day we headed into York Beach to buy souvenirs for the kids. We checked out a ludicrously expensive antique shop and then stopped by Stonewall Kitchen and snacked on their yummy samples and collected some new recipes. On our way out of town, we stopped by the Gateway Farmer’s Market and guess who was there? Some folks from Spiller Farm!

I bought blueberries, rhubarb, corn, cukes, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, and of course beets – all for just $14. From other venders we bought organic garlic and turnips and a loaf of homemade bread. It was a pretty good score and the perfect end to a wonderful get-away.

The Recipe:

Lobster Dinner for Two

2 live lobsters, 1 1/2 pounds each
4 new potatoes
2 ears of corn
1 tablespoon pickling spice
1 lemon, sliced

Fill large lobster pot with cold water. Put potatoes in pot. Bring to boil. Add lobsters, pickling spice and lemon. Cover and cook over medium high heat for 8 minutes. Add corn and cover and cook for another 8 – 10 minutes. If you want to add steamers, wash them and put them in the center of a square of cheesecloth and tie opposite corners to make a bag with handle. Add during last five minutes.

Serve with melted butter.

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