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The Perfect Maine Lobster Dinner

Sep 10, 2008
When I imagine breaking the claws of a boiled lobster and swishing the tasty meat through melted lemon butter I imagine Maine. The large clawed lobsters pulled from the cold Atlantic Ocean represents the best that Maine offers. Who could visit this state with its rugged, rocky coast and not sit down to a meal of fresh boiled lobster with melted butter? All the better if it is served with a crisp, cool Chardonnay (a nice item for any gift basket).

I keep my own rules while consuming lobster that I always stick to. It can be best had in the open. I hate to imagine sitting in a lush restaurant eating very politely cracking the lobster with the lobster crackers carefully not to make noise, sometimes resulting into a mess which could be really embarrassing.

A lobster dinner also must be preceded with fresh clam chowder, chock full with Maine clams in a creamy broth. A specialized gift basket complete with lobster bib would make a thoughtful gift. Clam chowder has been the staple on many a Mainer's table for many years. It is a delicious concoction of milk or cream, butter and plenty of Maine clams with their briny liquid. A sprinkling of oyster crackers and that is a making of a complete meal

We have the location and first course of our dinner arranged so its time to consider what the lobsters should be like. For a fantastic dinner pick a lobster between a pound and a half and two pounds. Larger lobsters have their uses (casseroles, stuffing, lobster stew) but they aren't as tasty eaten plain. Any lobster over two pounds will be too much for one person to eat, because lobster is both rich and satisfying. Sometimes you can find a "single-claw lobster" which is a lobster sold with just one claw. A great housewarming gift might include a gift basket with lobster eating paraphernalia and a cooked lobster.

Maine abounds with great choices as for where to get your lobster. Lobster pounds will often cook your lobster. You can eat it there (some have tables) or eat it outside. Having a gift basket with you will make transporting the cooked lobster easier, and you can place other goodies in the basket to round out the meal. Also in Maine are places called lobster in the rough dining. Simple, casual places to enjoy your fresh cooked lobster.

The rough dining restaurants are mostly spotted near the ocean on a dockside. It contains a lot of small tables placed in the open air from where you could eat your yummy boiled lobster. A bottle of wine goes well with the rough dining. It is more comfortable to enjoy your lobster outdoor without being conscious of spilling and enjoying the beauty of the ocean.

Picture the scene. Rustic picnic tables are overlooking the sun-dappled harbor, covered in the napkins for the messy task at hand. Customers wearing the authentic lobsters bibs these places always provide. You can taste the saltiness of the Atlantic Ocean, as the ocean breeze flows over you, better than any air-conditioning.
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If you want to cook lobster like a chef, consider adding wine, to top off the dish. Wine acts as a natural sauce when it is used in cooking, and it will help compliment all of the great flavors of the lobster. Baskets of healthy gifts or other baskets of food also useful for this purpose.
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