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Lobster: The last hurrah!

Simone Grandmain
Special to the World
Courtesy Simone GrandmainLobster prices are at an all time low but remember - a little bit of this rich fare goes a long way.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. – Wow. I haven’t written a recipe column in two weeks. Have I closed down my Sierra test kitchen? No, I was moving. Friends and family are sick to death of me talking about my move, especially since it was only two blocks, but I have not whined about it to this audience, so… Yes, I was moving. Yes, I’m done. Kind of like our summer. The tourei (plural for tourist) are gone. Kids are back in school. Family has returned to the flat-lands. Your best friend’s daughter – the one you took in for the summer to get her away from the bad elements in the city – has de-camped, taking your son’s innocence with her.

Are we sad? Hell no!

Finally you can take your bra off in your own home, bust out the good booze you were hiding from your in-laws and pull the premium barbecue fixen’s out of back of the freezer. That’s right – it’s time to get your lobster on. What better way to close out the season? Even the global market supports this festive, last gasp on the gas grill. The price of lobster is at an all-time low due to a very prolific Maine lobster crop (maybe those lobsters were eating oysters…), which lead to discount prices nationwide, resulting in Canada closing its borders to Maine lobster (can’t we all just get along?) because the U.S. lobsters were so cheap their lobster industry could not compete. This boycott has created a glut (yummy word) in lobster on our shores and even cheaper lobster prices in our supermarkets. Which brings us to Costco. A 10-pound box of beautiful, individually wrapped lobster tails is going for $169 or $16.90 a pound. I have been grilling them, a few at a time, drenched in melted butter, or taking them to friends’ homes (again, just a couple at a time) for the past week. The thing about lobster is you really do not need to eat an entire half-pound tail to enjoy the experience. A half of a tail is plenty, and that is how I cook them; cut length-wise, before broiling or grilling. Another neat thing about buying the lobster in bulk (either on-line or at Costco) besides the savings, is the individual tails make great gift basket additions for the holidays – just don’t go leaving the frozen tails on a co-worker’s desk as part of your Secret Santa gig, unless you are sure he or she is returning to it soon.

Lobster Tails on the Barbecue

Ingredients

lobster tails, thawed

butter, melted

lemon juice to taste

Preparation: Melt butter and add lemon juice to taste. Cut lobster tails length-wise. Place meat-side down, shell facing you, on grill over high heat. Cook for 5 minutes. Turn over, shell side down, baste meat side with butter mixture, cook for another 8 minutes. Serve with side of melted butter/lemon for dipping.

Lobster Tails in the Broiler

Ingredients

lobster tails, thawed

butter, melted

lemon juice to taste

Preparation: Melt butter and add lemon juice to taste. Cut lobster tails length-wise. Place shell-side up, facing top of broiler, cook for 8 minutes. Turn over, shell side down, baste meat side with butter mixture, cook for another 5 minutes. Serve with side of melted butter/lemon for dipping.


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