Friday, August 3, 2012

lake kezar, lobstah clam bake, and alagash

We went to a very close friends wedding in Portland, ME.  It was perfect.  Everything about it.  The vows, the lights and linen, the dress, the family and friends, the food and wine...  The day after the wedding we all travelled up to Lake Kezar for an afternoon lobster bake, lawn games, swimming, boating and Alagash.

The wedding guests were separated into cabins by the water.  The cabins were specially outfitted with details that would appeal the each guest.  There was lots of Canadian literature in our cabin.  This is a couple that pays attention to detail.  It was incredibly special.

The sunset was gorgeous, despite the rain that day.  Everyone that spends a significant amount of time there will tell you that Lake Kezar has been deemed by National Geographic as one of the top three lakes in the world.  I searched online and couldn't find any evidence of that, but who's counting.  I'll let them have it.  It's a pretty special place.

 What a beautiful fresh simple dinner.  Fresh lobsters and clams and corn on the cob, boiled till cooked, with a little potato salad on the side, and you have a traditional Maine feast!

My most favourite potato salad
3 pounds of little baby potatoes
1/4 cup of chopped dill
1/4 cup of chopped green onions
1/2 cup of chopped basil
1 lemon - grated rind and juice
4 garlic cloves
1/2 cup of plain fat free yogurt
dash of hot sauce
salt and pepper
1 teaspoon of honey
1 tablespoon of dijon
olive oil for cooking
-cover potatoes in olive oil and salt and oven roast them.  For the baby potatoes I use, I roasts them on a parchment lined baking sheet and cook at 450 degrees for half an hour or so.  Stick a fork in a medium sized one and you know it's done when it slides in easily.  Combine yogurt, garlic, dill, onion, basil, mustard, honey and lemon juice.  When the potatoes are cooked, let them cool to room temperature.  Add the lemon rind to the potatoes and then the dressing, chill and serve!

Alagash White, a beer you see almost everywhere in Portland, on tap and in bottles.  A white wheat beer that's light, crisp, spicy and fruity.  As far as I know you can't get it in Canada.  It's local to Portland ME.  Pairs incredibly well with lobstah.  Then again, what doesn't?

bon appetit
dinner is served.

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