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Posted on 18 January 2012 by tomatocasual.com

Lobster for a Special Occasion

By David Harbilas

My parents, like many, grew up poor, my mother in Wales, my father in New York City.

Both swore to give their children more than they had, and my brother and I grew up privileged and sheltered.

It was unheard of to us to not have a dinner prepared every night, with placemats, silverware, and glasses laid out, as in a restaurant.

We grew up lucky in having such a ritual, as it taught us not only the beauties of food and dining but of being part of a loving family.

One of my parents’ dreams was to own a vacation home, and in the early 1980’s they bought a condominium in Florida. They made friends with many of the transplanted residents in the area, two of which would become long-term friends.

Pat and Gerry, two retired ladies from, if I remember correctly, the tri-state area, lived next door and yelled at my brother and I whenever we used our skateboards on their front parking curb.

We always Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 18 May 2011 by tomatocasual.com

Whole Lobster in Roasted Tomato Sauce

By David Harbilas

This may sound like a fairly simple dish, and it is except that it doesn’t quite account for the effects that lobster have on a simple roasted tomato sauce.

This sauce is a combination of plum and globe tomatoes, so the result is a slightly chunky, slightly smooth sauce that lends itself well to pasta preparations.

In this case, the lobster can be shelled entirely and tossed with pasta, or it can be served as it is and napped with the sauce.

Either way, the lobster definitely adds a certain “something” to the sauce.

Serves 2

  • 1 whole lobster, about 2 pounds
  • 4 plum tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
  • 2 globe tomatoes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted on 16 May 2011 by tomatocasual.com

Roasted Tomato-Lobster Emulsion

By David Harbilas

The word “emulsion” tends to make something sound fancy.

Maybe if you sent your kid to boarding school he or she deserves it.

Or if someone you knew ran for president or expects to.

Or maybe you just like food and don’t care what anyone thinks. If so, you’re in luck because all it really means is a puree, plus a few things, that are strained and used as a sauce. In this case, tomatoes are used partly as a seasoning and partly as a sort of thickening agent. This sauce can also be made with shrimp or even scallops.

Makes about 1 cup of sauce

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