Date Night Dinner at Home
This weekend I cooked for a client I met a couple of years ago. The first time we worked together, she recently had a baby and wanted to do something special at home for her anniversary. Her husband’s favorite meal is the Lobster Caprese Salad from the restaurant Neptune in Boston and she wanted to know if I could recreate it. Never one to shy away from a challenge, I called the restaurant, explained my situation and asked if the chef wouldn’t mind sharing the recipe with me. Don’t you know, he called me back! He was more than happy to share the recipe with me: fresh, steamed lobster pieces, heirloom tomatoes and fresh mozzarella dressed in lemon juice, olive oil, chopped shallot, basil and chives, served over crisp slices of baguette. I added some avocado per my clients request, because everything really is better with avocado.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when my client reached out to let me know her hubby was turning 40 (it’s a trend this year!) and that she’d like me to make his favorite dish, along with some new favorites added to round out the meal: Clams Casino to start and a Strawberry Mascarpone Tart to finish. Knowing the value of making a fortieth special (hint, hint), I was eager to help out. Cheers and happy birthday, Joe!