Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Meet The Parents...

I'd like to introduce you to Riff's parents, John and Lee, but can't seem to find them although those two cranberry farmers over there do look suspiciously like the parents. Hmmm.... Riff's parents arrived Friday via Cody, Wyoming. They spent the weekend and Monday with us, leaving early this morning before the sun had a chance to show it's face. It was a nice visit and a good weekend.

On Saturday we took a drive up the Long Beach Peninsula, stopping in Nachotta for a look at the oyster beds. When we pulled up to the marina, Lee was delighted to see someone setting up an easel and getting ready to paint. Lee paints and sculpts as often as she can and really enjoys seeing other artists work. This guy picked a beautiful day and spot to capture.

We went to Oysterville and purchased some seafood for our evening feast. We enjoyed a shellfish extravagansa! Here are the oysters on the grill. Riff cookes them with a littl bit of butter, garlic and parmesan cheese. Too die for!

We also gorged on steamer clams that we cooked with white wine, butter, garlic and capers. Oh, my goodness, you should taste these things. We had crab too, but apparently I forgot to get a picture of that. We just ate the crab meat dipped in hot butter. I'm still wiping my chin!

I made a pumpkin pie with bourbon for desert, served it with a cranberry caramel sauce and homemade whipped cream flavored with Bailey's Irish Creme. I obviously wasn't bright enough to take a picture of the slice with the sauce and cream. Take my word for it, it was beautiful and gone in an instant.

Sunday night was a good clamming tide, so we headed down to the beach right before sunset. Dustin was gracious enough to dig our fire pit where we roasted hot dogs and drank beer,(Dustin had ROOT beer), after getting our limit of clams. My camera's batteries went dead after this picture, so I didn't get any of the actual clam digging. Dang it!! It was a really fun night at the beach. Monday evening Riff made a wonderful batch of clam chowder. He expereminted with Lactose free milk and came up with a great recipe that even I can eat. Yeah!!
It was a good visit with the parents. Now it's time to get back to work...


Barb said...

Oh my gosh, what fun! And I'd be ahem...extremely...cough, cough interested in that pumpkin-bourbon-pie recipe!

Stacey said...

Yes, I wish I was there again!
It's cloudy here, with a cold wind blowing & they are predicting snow again!

Apron Thrift Girl said...

I couldn't read anything beyond all that glorious food you mentioned. I want to come to your house for dinner and dessert. I love all the photos and the clam digging just leaves me in awe.

Paula said...

Recipe is on the way!
What are you waiting for?
Get over here, girl. Dinner's ready!

Happy Zombie said...

I ditto Apron Thrift Girl's comments! My mouth is watering! Do you have any leftovers???? I've lived in on the OR coast over 7 years... and we (my family) has YET to go clamming! We've watched... but never clammed. It's so pretty to go to a clam dig at night and see miles and miles of lanterns glowing up and down the beach. Like little fairies dancing in the night.

When you were on The Peninsula this weekend, did you see any of the cranberry harvesting? Friends of ours were harvesting their bogs and I hear it was a site to see!

Anonymous said...

That does it! I'm on my way to your house as soon as I get my invitation in the mail! What fun you all must have had, not to mention all the good food! I can almost taste everything from your lovely pictures and luscious descriptions. Oh how I wish I lived on the ocean. We live 2-3 hours away and I feel lost without being near water like inmy youth.

Thanks for sharing!


Paula said...

Monica and Lucy,
No invitation needed at my house. Come on over!!

kansasrose said...

I gain 10 pounds just looking at your blog! Oh my...I am hungry again.....those oysters...that PIE!!!!