A Traditional Christmas

I was on deck for Christmas Eve dinner. Since we didn’t have company this year, I didn’t make the usual pot of clam chowder. Instead, we treated ourselves to shellfish, our Christmas Eve fallback when it’s just family: a shrimp boil with steamed clams and lobster tails.

Christmas Eve seafood dinner

The surprisingly-fresh ingredients […]


Crouton’s Bouillabaisse

The deMenthes always have seafood on Christmas Eve. Since we were visiting our son Baguette and his family in Las Vegas this year, and since our son had announced he was going to make clam chowder on Christmas Day, I decided to try my hand at bouillabaisse for Christmas Eve. This recipe is my version […]


Ditalini’s Steamed Mussels & Crouton’s Lobster Claw Boil

Yesterday I posted a short entry about holiday gluttony, along with a photo of our Christmas Eve seafood feast. It occurred to me you might want to know how we prepared it. My recipe for shrimp boil is already in the index; below you’ll find our recipes for steamed mussels and boiled lobster claws.


Year-End Wrapup: More Holiday Gluttony

Ditalini and I drove to Las Vegas with our daughter Escargot and doggies Mortadella & Ubracio to spend Christmas with our son Baguette, daughter in law Truffle, granddaughter Biscotto, and grandson Pesce. All the deMenthes together again!

Of course the holidays are all about eating. Baguette activated Fortress of Smoke™ Las Vegas, and when we […]


Crouton’s Shrimp & Chicken Italian Sausage w/Cheese Polenta & Sriracha Sauce

Let me just say, right off the bat, that this was an experiment based on a popular Southern dish, shrimp & cheese grits. Next time I’ll add a green vegetable on the side for color, and perhaps substitute chicken breast meat for the chicken Italian sausage, because the strong fennel taste of […]


Fried Catfish with Dirty Rice and Sautéed Spinach

Fried catfish, dirty rice, sauteed spinach

If you find yourself with some catfish, you can’t go wrong dredging them in cornmeal and frying them. Served up with dirty rice and sautéed spinach, catfish makes a great dinner.


Catfish catfish filets (1 per person) 2 eggs 1/4 cup milk 1/2 cup flour 1/2 cup […]


Crouton’s Grilled Salmon w/Potatoes & Green Beans

This is easy, and always good. It’s a dinner a husband can cook and a wife will love.


Salmon 2-3 wild salmon filets (1 to 1 1/2 lbs) 1 tbsp butter 1 tbsp honey fresh dill Potatoes 12 small red-skinned potatoes 2 tbsp butter fresh dill Green Beans 1/2 lb fresh green beans […]


Crouton’s Quick Fettuccini Alfredo w/Shrimp


1 lb fettuccini 3/4 stick butter 1/2 cup half & half 4-5 cloves garlic, sliced 12-24 large shrimp (21/25 count), deveined, heads & tails removed dried parsley flakes white pepper grated Parmesan cheese


Put a large pot of water on to boil. Melt butter in frying pan over low temperature. Add […]


Christmas Eve Seafood 2010

We’ve always trimmed our tree on Christmas Eve. During our first overseas posting in the early 1980s, we started inviting single friends over to help us hang the decorations. Even though we’re settled down in Tucson now, we still invite our single friends over for the tree-trimming party, and of course we wine and dine […]


Salad with Grilled Salmon

Ditalini came up with this great grilled salmon salad. She makes the salad and dressing; I grill the salmon.

Ingredients (Salad)

mixed salad greens red/yellow/green salad peppers, sliced red onion, sliced cherry tomatoes, whole green & black olives, pitted mozarella cheese

Ingredients (Salmon)

1 lb salmon filet 1 tbsp butter 3-4 tbsp honey chopped […]