Grilled Clams on the Half Shell

Thanks to Twitter fwend @Mike624, I tried this recipe over the weekend. It did not disappoint. The bacon with the garlic and red pepper added an interesting texture and spice to the clams. And it also made for a rather nice presentation.

Interesting note: I can’t make clams without thinking of the book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories, a collection of twisted short poems and stories from Tim Burton, whom I love. I realize that I’m making clams, not oysters, but the mind goes where it wants to go, right? I share an excerpt of the poem “The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy” with you because honestly? Tim Burton’s writing is a heck of a lot better than anything I can come up with right now. Enjoy (the poem and the recipe)!

Ten fingers, ten toes,
He had plumbing and sight.
He could hear, he could feel,
But normal?
Not quite.
This unnatural birth, this canker, this blight,
Was the start and the end and the sum of their plight.

She railed at the doctor:
“He cannot be mine.
He smells of the ocean, of seaweed and brine.”

“You should count yourself lucky, for only last week,
I treated a girl with three ears and a beak.
That your son is half oyster
You cannot blame me.
… Have you ever considered, by chance,
A small home by the sea?”

Not knowing what to name him,
They just called him Sam,
Or sometimes,
“That thing that looks like a clam”

Everyone wondered, but no one could tell,
When would young Oyster Boy come out of his shell?

Grilled Clams on the Half Shell

Clams with Bacon on the Half Shell

Ingredients:

8 ounces of bacon (approximately 8 strips) finely diced
12 cloves of garlic, pressed
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 tablespoons olive oil
6 tablespoons finely chopped parsley leaves
Fresh ground pepper
50 little neck clams, scrubbed

Directions:

In a medium frying pan, render bacon over medium heat until golden brown, approximately 5 to 6 minutes.

Bacon

Add garlic and red pepper flakes to frying pan and cook for an additional minute.

Bacon and Garlic

Remove from heat and add oil and parsley.

While prepping the bacon mixture, grill the clams over high heat. Cook until clams are opened, approximately¬† 5 minutes. Discard any clams that don’t open.

Clams

Remove top half of the clam shells and discard. Plate clams in half shell.

Spoon the bacon mixture atop the clams. Add fresh ground pepper to taste. Serve immediately and enjoy.

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Wordless Wednesday ~ 8.11

For at least the past 6 months, I’ve been ingesting this on a daily basis.

Or more specifically this.

While Red Bull gives you wings, months of drinking Red Bull and then taking it away gives you migraines and irritability. You’ve been warned.

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It’s National S’mores Day!

Late in the day I learned that today is National S’mores Day. A day devoted to the combination of chocolate, toasted marshmallow and graham crackers? Yes, please. On a side note, I think I’m going to start making up holidays. Tomorrow is National Bring Stacey Chocolate Cupcakes Day. Spread the word.

Upon looking up information on National S’mores Day, I found NUMEROUS s’mores makers online. S’mores. Makers.¬†¬† You want to know how I made my s’mores today? I used a Zippo lighter, a toothpick and my hands.¬† Any illusions to my class have been shattered, but at least I don’t own one of these.

Or one of these.

Should anyone want to spend the $10 – $15 on either of these contraptions, I will gladly take your money and come over with my trusty Zippo anytime you like. I’ll even bring the Hershey’s bars.

I’m fairly certain everyone knows how to make a s’more but in honor of the holiday, I’ve posted the recipe (I use that term loosely) below. It’s nearly dusk here on the east coast. Why not end your evening outside with an ooey, gooey s’more?

S’more

Ingredients:

1 graham cracker

1 marshmallow

1 Hershey’s chocolate bar

Directions:

Break graham cracker in half.

Break chocolate bar in half, placing one half on each half of graham cracker.

Heat marshmallow over an open flame. In my case, with a lighter.

Place marshmallow atop the chocolate and place the other graham cracker/chocolate half on top. Smoosh together and enjoy.

Happy S’mores Day everyone!

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