I’m a native New Englander. I like shellfish. Nothing says “summer” like a big tub of battered-and-fried clams. In the fall I love a steaming bowl of clam chowder. And when I was young we’d go to the shore where I’d pick a bucket of mussels and we’d make something like the above dish. And bacon-wrapped scallops? Mmm-mmm-mmm. Though I admit I gave up lobster years ago, after playing with them while diving off Cape Ann.
Now that I have made a conscious decision to make a “spirited attempt” at keeping kosher… no more shellfish. I can live without the clams of any sort without too much loss. I do miss scallops on occasion, especially at parties where they’re served wrapped in bacon. But damnation (!) I miss mussels in garlic-and-wine sauce with a big piece of crusty French bread to mop up the sauce.