2.24.12 Louie, Louie

Fresh crab 790 xxx
photos by gluttonforlife
I started working when I was 16 as a hostess at Gilda's, a seafood restaurant on the wharf in Santa Cruz. It was one of a few restaurants owned by a large family of Neapolitan immigrants—the Stagnaros—who were born fishermen and restaurateurs. I met my first real boyfriend there, a line cook who surfed and drove a turquoise '59 Chevy. He made a mean Denver omelette and taught me to roll a joint. At Gilda's (pronounced with a soft "G") we served excellent Boston clam chowder and a divine crab Louie, the West Coast salad made with crisp lettuce, hard-boiled eggs and Thousand Island dressing. So when I saw a recipe in the Times last month for a slightly updated version (courtesy of David Tanis of Chez Panisse), I began craving it in the way you do the familiar tastes of home. I made it with fresh East Coast lump crab meat, not the classic Dungeness, and dressed it with a creamy boiled dressing instead of the pink stuff, and it still satisfied immensely.
Celery 790 xxx
bright young things
Crisp celery, the floral notes of Meyer lemon and a tangy dressing yellow from egg yolks. Along with the frisée, I also used some pleasantly bitter radicchio.
Frisee1 790 xxx
frisée aka curly endive
Crab salad 790 xxx
the louie, invented in the early 1900s, still satisfies
Here are some things of interest I came across this week. I hope you enjoy them, and your weekend!A great weekend project to revive a tired shirtOr perhaps this DIY is more your speedFor cocktails, drizzling and intoxicating sweeteningIf you need further inspiration to eat more saladsOr to start that business you've been dreaming aboutA great place to spend a New York afternoonAnd yet another of the many reasons to live in Portland