Deborah Lee Walker

Food For Thought

Lamb popular Easter holiday dish

By: OCsue on April 18th, 2014

(April 18, 2014) Tradition is a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by a particular group for a long time. The custom of eating lamb on Easter has its roots in early Passover observances.

According to the biblical Exodus story, the people of Egypt suffered a series of terrible plagues, including the death of all the firstborn sons. Only those families that sacrificed an unblemished lamb and smeared its blood on the doorpost of their homes would be “passed over” and spared from the wrath of God.

The practice of serving lamb during the Easter holiday remains quite popular but for different reasons. Lamb’s unique taste puts it in a category of its own. You can purchase a leg of lamb either boneless or bone-in. A boneless leg is sold either butterflied, or rolled and tied. The beauty of this particular cut is that it will cook more evenly. On the other hand, a leg of lamb with the bone-in sports an impressive presentation.

Marinating the lamb is the first step toward a festive meal. Since lamb has a distinct essence, choose a marinade that includes plenty of aromas. Lemon, garlic and rosemary are great starters. Marinades should also contain enough acidity to…

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Grilling clams adds new dimension of flavor

By: OCsue on April 11th, 2014

(April 11, 2014) Cooking seafood is not a culinary catechism; different ingredients and purpose intended play key roles in determining results. But before we can discuss the recipe, let us go back to basics. Knowledge incorporates confidence which opens the window of creativity.

Clams belong to a group called bivalves, which also includes oysters, mussels, and scallops. The soft body part of these animals are enclosed between two shells. Clams have no eyes, ears, nose, mouth parts, arms, and legs. But eventually they develop a foot which they use to test the substrate for a suitable place to settle since they cannot see. They will remain in the general area for the rest of their lives.

Hard shell clams occur mainly in the bays and estuaries along the coast. They prefer sandy bottoms and live buried one to two inches below the bay bottom. Clamming is a popular recreational activity on the Eastern Shore. There is no license required for recreational clamming but there are restrictions on the daily intake and the minimum size that can be kept.

Clams on the East Coast are classified into two main varieties: hard-shell and soft-shell. The hard-shell clams come in three sizes. The smallest…

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