On my plate

Here are some photos of recent meals enjoyed at home and out and about. I’d gotten an email from One 53 in Rocky Hill that they had a lobster roll special at lunch. Twenty bucks for this fabulous half lobster gently mixed with mayo and cucumber on a proper toasted top-split New England roll, their fantastic French fries, and a beer or iced tea. I took it home with the iced tea, and added my own First Fields ketchup – you can add that at One 53, too, for a small surcharge.

Since good NJ tomatoes are out, I made my first BLT of the season, and another evening roasted some short ribs with a Korean sauce I had on hand, and plopped it on some of that Trader Joe’s Kimchi Fried Rice I like so much. (I always add peas, too.)

The beautiful bowls were a gift from a departing faculty member in my department at PU (sob!), and just last night I shared a lovely dinner at Antimo’s Italian Kitchen in Hopewell with my friend Marie, whose husband, Nino is their resident pasta maker.

I also enjoyed a dinner at The Pass in Rosemont (reviewed by Antoinette Buckley here), at the end of an unbearably hot week. There was a fantastical quality to that long drive past shimmering fields (and home again in the blue dusk), entering the cool room (although eventually I was too hot, even there), and eating dreamy foods like octopus in rich red wine bordelaise sauce with delicately blistered shishito peppers. My friends’ appetizer (both chose the chanterelles) were lovely, too, and my entrée of crispy soft shell crab over fennel slaw was delicious. The restaurant is a new venture of chef and charcutier, Matthew Ridgway (PorcSalt), and showcases his vision of French-inspired cuisine (as the website says), in a casual country setting. There is a meat counter in the restaurant, so I took home some of his red wine bacon, and it was AMAZING!

Last, couldn’t resist stopping at Dessert Boutique in Skillman recently for a cupcake.

One 53 Lobster Roll

One 53 Lobster Roll

Season's first BLT

Season’s first BLT

Korean Short Ribs on Kimchi Fried Rice

Korean Short Ribs on Kimchi Fried Rice

A gift of beautiful bowls

A gift of beautiful bowls

Scallops with capers at Antimo's

Scallops with capers at Antimo’s Italian Kitchen, Hopewell

Nino's fresh linguine with sausage, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes

Nino’s fresh linguine with sausage, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes

Nino Galastro, Antimo's pasta maker

Nino Galastro, Antimo’s pasta maker

Salmon with crab and clams at Antimo's

Salmon with crab and clams at Antimo’s

Octopus Bordelaise at The Pass

Octopus Bordelaise w/Shishito peppers at The Pass

Mushrooms at The Pass

Chanterelles at The Pass

Soft shell crab at The Pass

Soft shell crab at The Pass

Banana Split cupcake from Dessert Boutique

Banana Split cupcake from Dessert Boutique

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s