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After having a fantastic Moules Mariniere for dinner at Tartine on Saturday night, I decided I needed a little more mussel in my culinary repertoire.
Mussels are kind of new to me, though, and I was too chicken to go for an all-mussel dish on my first try. So I found this Cioppino recipe – perfect! If the mussels got screwed up somehow, it’s still a hearty enough stew to enjoy without them.
As it turns out? Mussels are ridiculously easy to cook. Also cheap: $3/lb at my favorite fish market, The Lobster Place. And healthy too!
In fact, this whole stew was absurdly easy and inexpensive and low-calorie, and will definitely become a weeknight staple around here!
Mussels. I may have found the perfect food!
Today’s EAT: This Cioppino, modified as follows.
– I scaled the thing way the hell down. 13 servings?! I can’t even imagine the monster pot you’d have to have to make this entire recipe. I scaled it down to 3 and that was perfect for two of us.
– Left out the parsley, as the hubs has an irrational hatred of it. (Also of cilantro. He is weird.)
– Left out the scallops and clams. (Fish market didn’t have any small scallops and I am not the biggest clam fan.)
– Used fresh roma tomatoes and stewed them myself instead of canned. (Canned tomatoes have so much salt!)
– Used homemade lobster stock that I had in the freezer from that time we made lobster rather than chicken stock.
– Also I seasoned the heck out of it with substantially more of the dried herbs than called for. Because I like flavor.
The whole thing took less than an hour to make from start to finish and cost about $10 in ingredients, including the adorable mini-baguettes from Amy’s Bread. (Because while I have tried to avoid white flour in my healthy dinners, this sort of stew just begs for a crusty piece of baguette.)
Very happy with how this one turned out!
Today’s DRINK: I opened a bottle of two bucko chucko for the stew, so naturally I am sipping on a glass after dinner. I wouldn’t want to be wasteful!
Today’s RUN: Easy five miles on my usual downtown Hudson river route. 44:00. The wind was bone-chilling. I cannot wait until this “storm” business passes – 40 degrees would be amazing right now!