Even though the void at our table would be significant, I was determined to uphold the holiday traditions my dear mom instilled in me over the course of a lifetime. I am grateful my dad was with us on this day and that I could make him happy on his first holiday without those two very important people. And through a myriad of emotions, I am grateful for those who were at our table.
First, I boiled several pounds of jumbo shrimp in water flavored with Old Bay Seasoning and lemon juice, served with a side of my famous spicy cocktail sauce.
Next, we made a cold seafood salad that exceeded the seven fish tradition since it contained four on its own. Calamari, scungilli, mussels and shrimp with red onion, celery, olive oil and lots of lemon juice!
Another of our favorites, and the dish my dad predictably dove into before anything else; Escargot. Plump and loaded with butter and garlic, there never seems to be enough to go around.
The meal ended with stuffed calamari, tentacles and all, that simmered in marinara sauce while we feasted the first courses of fish, and served atop spaghetti.
To see some of the recipes above in more detail, please click on any of the links below:
Baked Stuffed Clams