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Went to French Laundry on Wednesday, and luckily, ...

2009-11-14T09:40:39.588-05:00

Went to French Laundry on Wednesday, and luckily, this was on my 9 course menu. Probably my favorite dish of the nine offered there that night. It was simply heaven! Your dish looks like it would come close I'm sure.
Well done!



Good golly that was hilarious. I had a h*cking Cel...

2008-06-09T16:40:00.000-04:00

Good golly that was hilarious. I had a h*cking Celine song stuck in my head and my good friend Anita here turned me on to you via this post. It didn't unstick Celine, but boy did it make me feel heaps better. Merci! You're a laugh riot (and a damn fine chef, it seems).



ok - this was great.you rock.

2007-07-24T22:10:00.000-04:00

ok - this was great.
you rock.



Best. Blog entry. Ever.I'm now starving, and I'm a...

2007-05-20T16:10:00.000-04:00

Best. Blog entry. Ever.

I'm now starving, and I'm allergic to shellfish. Thanks.

Also, on behalf of Canada - my apologies. And you're welcome.

(Great. And Yum)



thank you, thank you, thank you for naming all thr...

2007-05-17T08:19:00.000-04:00

thank you, thank you, thank you for naming all three of them Celine. Now my morning has started off right. Shoot, the world is so right in the universe, I might not need a cup of coffee. Oh wait, I know why the world isn't perfect, because I didn't get to eat this magnificent meal. Great, now I'm depressed. Now I might need TWO cups of coffee. Just kidding ;-)



When I worked at Per Se, this dish was one of my f...

2007-05-16T19:31:00.000-04:00

When I worked at Per Se, this dish was one of my favorites to serve. The picture on page 130 does it no justice! We served it in wide bowls so that the potatoes covered everything underneath. When you cracked the shell, the shock of bright red beet juice practically shrieked. I really loved that dish - thanks for the memory!

Good luck with the crab salad - I bet the title was supposed to read "micro greens" instead of frisee.

Speaking of Serious Eats, have you watched the Amateur Gourmet's lobster video? Seems it's lobster movie week - I adored both.



I love this dish. It's the first thing I made from...

2007-05-16T15:52:00.000-04:00

I love this dish. It's the first thing I made from the book. Where did you find beet juice? I ended up having to use borscht and wish I'd had beet juice instead. I got sweet, but no earthy.

And you're right. This is the only way I'll ever cook lobster again. POACHED IN BUTTER!!!!



You're the best! I can't wait for the next install...

2007-05-16T15:15:00.000-04:00

You're the best!

I can't wait for the next installment.



This Canadian is now highly amused and overstimula...

2007-05-16T13:24:00.000-04:00

This Canadian is now highly amused and overstimulated. Next time you need to name a Canadian ingredient you're about to cook please ask. You have done well, however, by starting with Celine. By the way, butter poached lobster is incredible, and your post certainly does it justice.



A joy to read while goofing off at work, as always...

2007-05-16T13:06:00.000-04:00

A joy to read while goofing off at work, as always. Did you know that Maxine Saltonstall actually wrote a sort-of cookbook called First You Take a Leek? It's out of print, of course, but hilarious if you can find it.



Spoonie - the Celines didn't scream when I poured ...

2007-05-16T09:05:00.000-04:00

Spoonie - the Celines didn't scream when I poured the water over them. One of them twitched quite a bit, which as Catherine pointed out in her comment must've been the Celine tribute of banging its fist against its chest. I've done lobster the other way and it didn't scream.

Sara, Anita, Roscoe, Sarah - thank you, and welcome! Glad you liked the video.

Judith - I, too, thought before I made it that lobster and beet sounded strange. I'm a lobster purist and am fine just eating it out of the shell without any butter. But lobster with beet essence on the plate was divine. Without sounding corny, it was an interesting mix of sea and earth and each brought out the other's sweetness in a new way and really complemented one another. The beet wasn't overpowering and I think it made the lobster taste more rich without it being too rich. Does that make sense? I'd like to do a lobster Cobb salad this summer and add in some diced roasted beets. That's how good the combination was.

Hey Pretty - I almost burned down the house making the goddamn tomato powder for one of the dishes, so you're in good company.

Michel - I love that song! And yes, as frightening as it is that I know the Dion-Angelil clan by name, what's more frightening is knowing I can call my friend Catherine and she'll know exactly who I'm talking about and will also refer to the son using the drawn out SHHHHAAAAARRRRRRLLLLLLLLz for his name.

Corycm - First, thanks for the Serious Eats pimpin'. Second, yes, I steeped them alive. I had to do a dish one time in which you put a live lobster into a deep saute pan filled with other things, and that little guy just twitched and twitched and it grossed me out. This way was much better, and better tasting. And, sorry for no money shot of the lobster in butter. It was difficult to photograph and I was also starting to plate the other elements at the same time since I had a dining room full of hungry friends.

Sally Forth - thanks for the tip on the crab salad. I was wondering how I was going to do it. I haven't had much luck using the ring molds, so I may just have to wing it on this one, too.

Shuna - Hey! Thanks for the clarification re: Lisa. And I agree re: cooking lobster this way. I don't think I'll ever do it the old way again. I've never tasted claw meat that was so tender. The tails were a teeny bit tough on the small end, but overall, this is the way to go. I just need to be quicker in tearing apart the bodies and removing the meat. Two lobsters at once would be no problem. It was the third that made it a bit of a pain in the ass.



Can I go on record here as saying that a woman nam...

2007-05-16T03:56:00.000-04:00

Can I go on record here as saying that a woman named Lisa Nakamura "created" that potato concoction for this dish?

Usually I'm the only one butch enough to cook lobsters among my friends. But after learning the beurre monte way, there's no going back...



Goodness gracious, I couldn't get past the photo o...

2007-05-15T22:08:00.000-04:00

Goodness gracious, I couldn't get past the photo of just the lobster on the plate. My hand refused to move and my salivary glands went into overdrive! Good job. With the crab salad, I know the recipe says to slide your hand under the ring mold but I find it easier to manage with a fish flipper or spatula. But I'm clumsy anyway. And I've been wondering, are you going to do the pig's head? Because i would totally give you a pass on that one.



i am one lucky neighbor! this was close to the bes...

2007-05-15T14:46:00.000-04:00

i am one lucky neighbor! this was close to the best. my 16yo even appreciated this elegant dish. (and my dog went wacko as i held the live lobster in his face!!) touch of sweetness from the beet juice with the deliciously sauted lobster. THANX SO MUCH!
xxoo



Hilarious video of the lobsters!!! As always your...

2007-05-15T13:17:00.000-04:00

Hilarious video of the lobsters!!! As always your posts are funny and entertaining and the finished product looked like is was delicious.



Did you steep them alive or did you off 'em prior ...

2007-05-15T12:29:00.000-04:00

Did you steep them alive or did you off 'em prior to it? I've never actually done lobster before (I live in the midwest...we're a little short on oceans 'round here), but I've heard varied opinions on that.

By the by, after all the talk of POACHING IN BUTTER, no money-shot of the actual act?

Regardless, you've knocked another one out of the park. Keep it up!



I am, as always, honored to be considered part of ...

2007-05-15T11:30:00.000-04:00

I am, as always, honored to be considered part of the lobster-naming team. I'm sure Celine, Celine, and Celine tasted fantastic!

Please tell me that the lobsters gave a little claw/chest thump in honor of their namesake.



That? Is the funniest thing I've seen all year.

2007-05-15T10:50:00.000-04:00

That? Is the funniest thing I've seen all year.



I'm sure that "I Scare Myself" would have been an ...

2007-05-15T10:21:00.000-04:00

I'm sure that "I Scare Myself" would have been an appropriate Thomas Dolby song here.
Because, what I find really scary is that you know the names of the Dion clan, which even I, a Montrealer, was unaware of.
BTW, you've convinced me to make every recipe in the Bouchon cookbook. Because my motto is to aim low.



I just discovered your blog, and I love the premis...

2007-05-15T10:17:00.000-04:00

I just discovered your blog, and I love the premise. As the proud owner of the French Laundry Cookbook I have only ever managed to make the roasted tomatos and the parmesan crisps. I attempted demi glace, but almost burned my apartment down.



As a one-time Mainiac, I long for lobster and this...

2007-05-15T02:58:00.000-04:00

As a one-time Mainiac, I long for lobster and this sounds fabulous, but I really would love a description of what the beet does for the lobster flavor. Beet is about the last thing to come to mind if I think of sea bugs.



Dude. Hi-freakin-larious. Good job on the lobste...

2007-05-15T00:18:00.001-04:00

Dude. Hi-freakin-larious. Good job on the lobster dish, too. Poaching it in butter, eh?



I hate when people exaggerate, but I really did ju...

2007-05-15T00:18:00.000-04:00

I hate when people exaggerate, but I really did just pee my pants just now. I had a baby four months ago, but still. You are beyond funny. And that video! I'm emailing all my friends about you right NOW!



If I hadn't already told everyone I know to read y...

2007-05-15T00:00:00.000-04:00

If I hadn't already told everyone I know to read your site 2 days ago, this would've clinched it. Holy cats, that's funny.



Ok, that lobster video is hilarious. I just called...

2007-05-14T23:38:00.000-04:00

Ok, that lobster video is hilarious. I just called my husband into the room so he could experience it.