Monday, September 9, 2013

Make it Monday: The Best Oninon Rings EVER

Recently we discovered a recipe that ensures we make the BEST onion rings ever.  It is very simple.

You need a large yellow onion (the recipe above calls for a vidalia onion but we like yellow better for onion rings).  We have a medium sized fryer but if you don't have a fryer you can heat oil in a pot over the stove.

Cut your onion into chunky rings.  No need to keep those slices thin!  Once sliced, dip liberally in the following mixture:

Onion Ring Batter

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg, separated
3/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Pepper to taste (this is our addition)
In 1 bowl, mix together flour, salt and baking powder. In another bowl, beat egg yolk, then stir in milk and vegetable oil. Combine wet and dry ingredients, stir until smooth. In a third bowl, beat egg white until soft peaks form, then fold into egg-flour mixture, stirring until smooth. Dip onion rings into batter and deep fry.

YUUUUUUUUUMMMMM.  In all the times we have made these they never make it to the table.  Me and Mr. S eat them straight out of the fryer.  The kids have had maybe one.  Seriously, so good.
Once you have let your slices baste in the batter goodness, place them individually in your fryer.  

Friday, September 6, 2013

Lobster Goodness - Sam's Chowder House

My earliest memory of eating lobster was sitting next to my very proper Australian-born grandmother at a seafood restaurant in Northern Virginia.  I was about 8 or 9?  She had ordered lobster tail as her meal - I was on the popcorn shrimp and hushpuppy childrens program and was fascinated with this yummy stuff she was dipping in butter.  And even now, 30 years later, I still remember how golden delicious that first bite of lobster tasted.  WOW.  It made an everlasting impression.

Fast forward to this summer and a visit to Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, CA.  Our family had rented a beach house in Moss Beach for a few days with dear friends of ours.  They strongly suggested that we all have lunch at Sam's and we happily obliged.  Sam's is known first and foremost for their Clam Chowder (which is divine and easily the best tasting soup to ever cross my lips).  Following closely behind is their Lobster Sandwich, which was supposed to be completely amazing.

When in I ordered the Lobster Sandwich.

I took a picture of it as it was placed in front of me.  Good thing too because it didn't last long.  I DEVOURED it and then looked around for MORE.  But because I am a lady I refrained from ordering another meal.  I really wanted to...but my very proper grandmother would not have approved :).

Best lobster meal EVER.