corned beef- my take

here’s the mrs’ corned beef and cabbage which I just consumed.

and it was fantastic. 

and by fantastic I mean it was a 7, the highest rating corned beef and cabbage is capable of earning.


please excuse the lack of caps as our keyboard is on the fritz and my tech guru tim blakeley from  is ordering the replacement laptop keyboard to get us back on track.

in any case, back to the matter at hand, corned beef and cabbage.

let me first state for the record that there may be no more jealous italian on the planet of the irish on st paddy’s day than this guy.

in the top ten days of my life after my marriage, birth or my girls and every night of fiesta at least half of those top ten are filled with st paddy’s days.  either in southie with my boys , down in deep ellum texas with my boy dk or at the rhumb line, st paddy’s day is the greatest excuse to get completely annihilated and sing awesome songs at the trop of your lungs while swaying back and forth arms around your best friends, ever.

that being said, while corned beef and cabbage can be good, it in my opinion can never ever be considered great.  to have that at the top of your food pecking order as a nationality is kind of an embarrassment only better than what my jewish buddys eat for their holidays.

I should also insert here that I’m no fan of st joseph’s pasta as cao contributor mya was quick to remind me of in a private message this afternoon but I think most would readily admit that if you put the top ten italian dishes up against the top ten irish dishes you’re probably gonna win at least 9 rounds of that competition.

there are other foods that people rave about to which I usually scratch my head saying, really insert question mark here as I have no ability to make an upper case charachter .

take corned beef and cabbage first.  the very best corned beef and cabbage you’ve ever eaten in my book is only worthy of a top score of 7 on a scale from 1-10.

you stack the best corned beef and cabbage and stack it up against a perfectly prepared mrs lobster roll and there’s no way on god’s green earth you could score that corned beef a 10.

I feel the same about reuben sandwiches.  my mil and fil rave about this deli in nyc.  my fil talks about how this deli serves the most incredible reuben sandwiches.  I feel the same way about a reuben.  like the very best reuben you’d ever eat couldn’t possibly ever score a 10 on a scale from 1-10.

10’s are reserved for delectable sushi or lobster or steaks or scallops wrapped in bacon.  in my book there’s no way in hell a reuben ever earns some kind of praise that merits mentioning.  I have had some heavenly cheesecake at some delis down in miami beach so I guess they have that going for them.

what types of food falls into your 10 on a scale from 1-10 range and what type of food do you hear people rave about that you would never consider anything out-of-this-world insert question mark here

The Mrs Comes Through With The Lobster Fra Diavolo Recipe She Used (and modified a bit)

It’s rare that the Mrs finds time in her day to respond for recipe requests but here you go-

She used this recipe (and modified it just a bit)  I like my sauce thick and full of flavor and this was the bomb!

She writes-

I just realized I never sent the recipe…

here is the link. I didn’t use the lobster broth – I basically made the sauce and then added cooked lobster meet at the end.

Hope this helps!


Active time: 30 minutes Total time: 1 hour.

Lobster Fra Diavolo Recipe


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  • Two 2-pound live lobsters
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 dried Italian hot red pepper, split lengthwise, or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups canned crushed Italian plum tomatoes, preferably San Marzano, undrained
  • 4 anchovy fillets, chopped
  • 2 teaspoonsdried oregano, preferably Sicilian
  • 1 tablespoonkosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 pound spaghetti or linguine
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the directions click the link:

Here’s a pic of the one the Mrs made the other night-

Oh, I should also add that she only uses canned San Marzano tomatoes for her zugu.  They cost a little more but if you want the best, that’s what you buy.

The Mrs Knows What’s Up When It Comes To Lobster Pie

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Lobster Pie-

As you can probably guess she didn’t wrack her brain trying to figure out new and exciting ways to fuck up reinvent a classic.

Ritz Crackers Crumbled Up, Cream, Buttah and Lobster

No need to out think it

You know, lobster is cheaper than chicken.  It’s cheaper than submarine sandwiches.  It’s cheaper than hamburgers at most places nowadays.

Go to your local joint and pick up some.  I brought home 6 lbs of lobster and it could have fed 4 heavy eaters easily.

Snoop Maddie Mad At The Middle Street Walk Pics From David Cox

I can’t wait til next year!

Snoop Maddie Mad at The Middle Street Walk
Snoop Maddie Mad Painting Buoys at Art Haven

Hoodoo Revelator Gets A Little Help From The Mrs

That’s My Baby

Hoodoo Revelator Gets A Little Help From The Mrs pics from Joanne Sliva
Hoodoo Revelator Gets A Little Help From The Mrs Pics From Joanne Silva
Hoodoo Revelator Gets A Little Help From The Mrs Pics From Joanne Silva

The Mrs Tries To Climb Aboard The Mechanical Bull

We went to a party Saturday night with a whole bunch of drunks.  Here the Mrs tries valiantly to get on the mechanical bull.  It took her about 6 attempts but she fought her way up.

Lobster Dinner Night With The Mrs

I’m not usually a fan of posed pictures (having to endure holidays with my mom lining us up for posed pictures ad nauseam).  I usually prefer action shots.  When you get a backdrop like this I’ll make an exception.  It doesn’t hurt to have the Mrs to balance out my ugly mug.

The Mrs’ Lobster and Corn Chowder

One of the Mrs’ good friends recently had a baby so she whipped up a batch of lobster and corn chowder and brought some over to her last night.  I got a bowl for myself too.  It was decadent.

The recipe is from Barefoot Contessa (the Mrs has all her books and is a huge fan).

Here is the recipe online-



Who in their right mind adds celery, tarragon, or lettuce to a lobster roll?????


Read how these non-professionals handle their lobster rolls up in Maine-

Then see this post on how it’s done by the all-time greatest Lobster roll preparer- The Mrs-

Ingredients For The Worlds Greatest Lobster Roll
Ingredients For The Worlds Greatest Lobster Roll
Once you shuck your lobsters, place the lobstermeat in the fridge to cool.
Once you shuck your lobsters, place the lobster meat in the fridge to cool.
Buttered Rolls
Buttered Rolls
Grill The Buttered Rolls
Grill The Buttered Rolls
Mix the cool lobstermeat and the Cains Mayo and place into warm grilled buttered rolls for the worlds greatest lobster roll.
Mix the cool lobster meat and the Cains Mayo and place into warm grilled buttered rolls for the worlds greatest lobster roll.

thanks to SandyBayDay for pointing out the article about inferior lobster rolls in Maine

The Mrs Reading

The Mrs did a ton of reading.  The particular book she was engrossed in came highly recommended and people were stopping her in the airport to ask about it. She’s reading The Story of Edgar Sawtelle By David Wroblewski

The Mrs Reading, originally uploaded by captjoe06.