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The First in the Nation Lobster Caucus

Soooooo…..yeah. I’ve been absent.  Basically, real life crept up on me and then hogged all my time.  Real life can be very demanding. Damn, Real Life…lighten up.

BUT- I’m back and with a LONG overdue post.  The culmination of my 30 Before 30 List: a live lobster.  I mentioned the lobster to some friends (who had already sampled Beef Wellington and Duck L’Orange) and they requested to be present there.  Over drinks the event turned into a “BYOL” party.

Yes, BYOL means Bring Your Own Lobster.

Our friends arrived….lobsters in tow:

You're the guest of honor!

We're so excited to have you for dinner! I mean, err....

For those of you who have seen “Julie/Julia” you’ll remember that Julie Powell was haunted by the idea of “offing” a crustacean.  I was significantly less put off by the task, but my dinner guests were practically gleeful about it:

No sign of a guilty conscience.

Not batting an eyelash.

You're enjoying this, aren't you?


We boiled 13 Lobster.   Sidenote: Is the plural “lobster” or “lobsters”?

It was a lot of boiling and plunging of lobsters. I think at one point my kitchen was turning into the set of a snuff film, but we pulled through:

Dinner is served!

UNFORESEEN BONUS: Boiled lobster “hold” well.  The first few in the water were still tender and warm by the time we sat down at the table.   We had plenty of first time lobster caucus goers, so I laminated  instructions to help everyone.  But again, there was no hesitation:

15 gallons of boiling water later....

So, 1 pound of butter, 13 lobsters, 8 bottles of wine, and 3 bottles of champagne later….

I. Was. Thirty.

Lobster. Champagne. Friends. Maybe this 30 thing isn't so bad afterall.....

The pictures don’t do it justice.  Our BYOL party was christened with a new more official title and secured itself as an annual tradition.  It even made it onto this year’s Christmas card!

If you forgive my long absence, you might even get a invite for next year.

More soon,

xoxo Flyover Foodie


“Wine….A remedy for the moroseness of old age.” – Plato

It’s officially official: I’m 30 years old.   I turned 30 this past weekend and am THRILLED to tell you that yes, the list was finished on time.   I celebrated by boiling (and boiling and boiling) our final item- lobster.  Here is what I did for the first 90 minutes of the evening:

Oven mitt on one hand, tongs in the other, we boiled and celebrated and popped champagne.  It was the end of a decade.

BUT, you say, what about the list?  Ahhh, yes.  Do not worry your hungry little heads: there are more posts to come over the next few weeks leading up to that final, lobster check mark.   So I’m hoping you’ll forgive me for the lag time between product and post.  And that the promise of going out with a bang will keep you reading for the next few weeks.  That and I’ll bribe you with photos and the mysteries of the Turducken.

I know you’ll stick around for Turducken.

UNFORESEEN BONUS:When your birthday celebration is tied to a blog about food and eating, you get some fantastic gifts.  Including:

Pasta Attachment for the Kitchenaid Mixer!

Hooray for homemade carbs!!  Thanks to the Handsome Husband for knowing the way to a girl’s heart.

The end of the 30 Before 30 List means the start of a new venture.  What will that be?  Don’t know yet…but I’m betting you’ll help me brainstorm.

But first: more kitchen ventures to check off our list.  Much more to come,

xoxo Flyover Foodie