Clambake 2013

Saturday was my parent’s annual clambake. We have had a beautiful fall this year.  Every weekend has been picture perfect.  Of course on Saturday it rained all day.  ALL DAY.  A lit bit of rain (well actually a lot) certainly did not dampen the festivities.  The bake was perfection, the company was festive and all had a great time.  I didn’t take too many pictures unfortunately.  To see more pictures visit my Uncle Tom’s blog.

putting in the chicken
Claire, Joe, Katie and Sean.
Double fisted. Such skill.
Kevin, Kirsten, Mary and John staying warm.
staying dry
kids table action
A great place to have a clambake with the gray sky and lake and hydrangeas trying to hang in there a little longer.
post feast hi-jinx.

Clambake 2012

Clambake 2011

Clam Bake 2012

My parents clambake, a long family tradition, took place on Saturday night on a sunny and very chilly Edgecliff evening.  As always the clams were perfect and plentiful and the company was happy and full.  Not too many pictures but here are a couple.

everyone’s favorite party
a good way to spend a saturday
sunny but stormy lake erie
Patty P and Kathryn
looking good
the bake master taking out the chicken
sophia and mary
sean’s first manhattan ever. uh oh….
kids table in the garage. i don’t know where these kids came from…they eat more clams than the adults
clams waiting to be inhaled

EatOnEdgecliff Bonus:  Grace went to homecoming in the middle of the clambake – here’s some pix:

grace and luke
help from big sister
awwwwww
grace and morgan
the girls
sisters
love this one. going to have to photoshop that ugg out of the bottom corner though,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clambake 2011

My parents clambake is always a food highlight of the year.  Their clambake was this past Saturday and it was a great one as usual.  The weather was perfect, the clams were tasty and the company was companionable.

In goes the chicken:

It was a beautiful day after a long crappy week of weather.

…out comes the chicken

Some broth…

My 2nd favorite part of clambakes is the cheesecake.  Kirsten is the official cheesecake maker now that Grandma Davis is enjoying her clams in a better place.  See cheesecake recipe here.  Thanks Mom and Dad for a great day.

Linguine with Garlicky Clam Sauce

Bon Appetit

This is so good.  As with most pasta sauces, save a little bit of the cooking liquid after draining the pasta and throw it all in the mix.

  • 12 oz. Linguine
  • 3 T. butter
  • 5 T. olive oil
  • 6 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 10 oz. Minced clams, drained, juices reserved
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1 large carrot, coarsely chopped
  • 2 T. fresh oregano or 1 ½ t. dried
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper

Cool linguine pasta until al dente.  Melt butter with oil in large skillet over low heat.  Add garlic until fragrant, approximately 1 minute.  Add juices reserved from clams, wine, carrot and oregano.  Increase heat to high and boil until reduced to 1 ½ cups, about 12 minutes.  Stir in clams and all but 1 T. of parsley.  Simmer until just heated through, 1 minute.  Season sauce with salt and pepper.

Drain linguine well; add to skillet of hot clam sauce.  Gently toss to blend.  Transfer pasta to large serving platter and garnish with reserved 1 T. fresh parsley.  Serve immediately.