What’s more fun than a party at the beach? I love the ocean, the sand, the weather, seagulls, beach walks and my lifetime of family memories. The beach is home to us, a second home anyway, and we visit every chance we get. We do all the usual stuff and go clamming and crabbing whenever the weather and the tides cooperate.
We love, love, love Dungeness crab served any way. Freshly steamed and cracked with lemon and butter is a winner. And so are crab quesadillas. For each quesadilla top a flour tortilla with cooked crab, about 1/4 cup is a nice serving, top with grated pepper jack cheese, chopped cilantro, a tablespoon or two of pico de gallo, and some chilies if you wish. Top with another tortilla, brush with a little oil and cook in a medium hot skillet until nicely browned. Brush second side with oil, flip, and cook until cheese has melted and the tortillas is golden. Serve with sour cream, salsa and guacamole.
A clam roll anyone? We don’t have lobster here on the Pacific coast but we do have the best clams you will ever find. Razor clams are dug from the Oregon mid-coast to Alaska and are so delicate, sweet and tender that they require only two minutes in the frying pan. For clam rolls I cut the clams into strips, dust with flour, dip in an egg wash, coat with panko, and fry in a hot skillet for one minute on each side. Make sure the pan is hot so the clam strips brown quickly.
Serve with tartar or cocktail sauce and a little lettuce on a toasted hoagie roll.
This is the prized Oregon coast razor clam, an elusive little devil that can feel the vibrations of footsteps as a person approaches their hiding places in the sand. You can tell where they are by a little air bubble that appears as the water recedes in the surf. They can dig to China in about a second so you have to sneak up on them.
We know there’s a clam in there someplace.
The beach is a refuge, a place to relax, contemplate life, plan for the future, imagine great adventures, give thanks for life’s blessings and marvel at the universe. I can leave my problems at home when I smell the salt air and hear the ocean. And a good book and a snack don’t hurt either.
A Darling Baker Event
I hope you enjoyed our little trip to the beach