I am not sure what a perfect summer day used to be, but now it is eating seafood outside with a nice bottle of Rosé... Well, I tried to recreate that this weekend. First finding some good shellfish on a Sunday is harder than I would have imagined living so close to the sea, but anyway. I ended up at Weis, a very unexceptional grocery store, where they had clams for 13 cents each. I got 3 dozen and a 1lb of mussels. The recipe I used was great.
Fresh mint, shallots, 1/2 white wine, many garlic cloves, parsley. I cooked them until they popped. Instead of having them with fries or just like that I had them over pasta. It was ok, but fries would have been better.
I couldn't eat outside either. Too hot, too many mosquitoes. It was great, really it was. Although I realized that 1) I like Mussels much more than I like clams, 2) French fries are better than pasta, and 3) Rosé from Provence is much better than the Argentinian white wine that I had in the frigo... 'Suppose to cool off this weekend, maybe I should just stick to crabs, corn and beer? Anyone have a good hush puppy recipe?