It is a wonderful thing to have good neighbors who watch over your home and garden, who are kind, considerate, and keep a tidy beautiful garden for me to look at from across the street, besides throwing fun, wild Mardi Gras parties...:) Last month, my friends and neighbors, Rob and Duane, brought clams home for my husband Fred and I, from the Bell Buoy of Seaside (Oregon Coast). They were thanking me for opening and closing their greenhouse door. This may sound trivial, but they love their tropical plants (we live in Portland, Oregon) and did not want their babies to get too hot in the greenhouse during the day or too cold in the evenings. May in the Northwest can be a tricky weather month. Of course, being a gardener I could empathize. I did have to put up reminders everywhere, so that I could remember to do this task over a couple of days. I had visions of my friends coming home and finding their tropicals either burned or frozen to death…:) Yikes!
Fred steamed the Bell Buoy clams in white wine, butter, garlic, and parsley…need I say more…:) We served them out on the deck in one of our cast iron skillets, so they stayed warm until the very last clam was gone. With a french baguette for dipping and a glass of pinot gris, I was in my happy place. Ok, I know some of you really hate clams and some of you really love 'em, and I understand both sides. For most of my life, I wouldn't even try a clam, because they looked creepy. But, on our 10th anniversary at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Fred ordered an appetizer of clams and I absolutely loved them! I didn't care what they looked like, I just kept eating and dipping. I think the dipping was what I really liked...:)
If you're looking for a great place to buy fresh seafood on the Oregon Coast, the Bell Buoy of Seaside is the place to go. Rob says the Bell Buoy has been there since the beginning of time… His grandparents would cruise up the 101 to the Bell Buoy to buy crab, and Rob has many fond memories of being at his family's vacation home in Cannon Beach and driving to the Bell Buoy of Seaside to buy clams, crab, you name it... always a special treat, as it still is for him today.
Below is the recipe Fred used from Alice Currah of Savory Sweet Life that I'd like to share with you. It is perfect.
Steamed Clams in White Wine, Butter, and Garlic
Serves 2-4 people as an appetizer
3 tablespoons butter
3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine or dry Vermouth
2 pounds of clams (Littlenecks or Manilla), rinsed and cleaned
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
*optional 1 small lemon cut into wedges
Melt butter in a medium pot or cast iron skillet, over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes until garlic is fragrant, but not burned. Add wine and increase heat to medium-high until wine is brought to a simmering boil. Add clams and cook covered for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until clams have opened. Discard any clams still closed. Add parsley and give the pot a quick stir. Transfer clams and broth to a large serving bowl or serve as cooked in the cast iron skillet, which keeps the clams warm. Serve with lemon wedges on the side.
And, don't forget to have a crusty bread for dipping. We dipped with a French baguette and it was delicious! Check out the links at the bottom of this post. You can comment, like, and share. Anyone else have a fond clam memory or seafood recipe you'd like to share?
Enjoy and always love hearing from you.
Till the next time...
Love, Holly ~ Your Queen Bee at The White Pear