OMG, never marry a cook! 10 whole Maine lobsters!

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    Aug 12, 2009 5:13 PM GMT
    OK, so I mentioned in some other thread here somewhere that we're planning a dinner party here Sunday for 6 friends, 8 of us total. And I understood my cooking-maestro partner was to prepare lobster thermidor as the entree, using 5 live lobsters.

    So I just now call him at his office, and the subject comes up.

    "Well, now it'll be 10 Maine lobsters," he says.

    "TEN??? I thought you said FIVE? Do you know how much that'll cost us???"

    "Well, 5 won't be enough for 8 people, even done thermidor. And they give a discount for every 5 you buy, so 10 is actually cheaper."

    "TEN WHOLE MAINE LOBSTERS IS CHEAPER?" Than what? Having this fucking thing catered?"

    "Look, I need at least 8. The other 2 we can find some use for. We'll talk when I get home."

    "I guess so!" Other small talk, end of phone conversation.

    Moral: Never marry a guy who fancies himself a great cook! arrrrgggghhhhh...
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    Aug 12, 2009 5:27 PM GMT
    and you will be the first one to be licking your chops and enjoying every bite of lobster.....including the leftovers the next day.

    Ask him to make a cold lobster salad with the leftovers.

    What's thermidor? Is that the lobster served with a thermometer in the claw?
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    Aug 12, 2009 5:41 PM GMT
    I love this site: icon_cool.gif

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/lobster+thermidor

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    Aug 12, 2009 5:41 PM GMT
    KissingPro saidand you will be the first one to be licking your chops and enjoying every bite of lobster.....including the leftovers the next day.

    Ask him to make a cold lobster salad with the leftovers.

    What's thermidor? Is that the lobster served with a thermometer in the claw?

    Here's a good explanation. You remove the meat from the claws and tail, and my partner will then stuff the tail shells with this mixture, so they are overflowing. I think you discard the thorax contents entirely, but I have never seen it actually being prepared. I'm quite happy with boiled lobster right from the shell, dipped in drawn butter, but Thermidor can be very nice, too.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobster_Thermidor
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    Aug 12, 2009 6:09 PM GMT
    Easy on the chef....who's doing the dishes?
  • GQjock

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    Aug 12, 2009 8:07 PM GMT
    Hehe ... brings back memories
    I dated a guy for a year who was a gourmet cook ....

    We had some fantastic meals .... but it took a toll on the waistline icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 12, 2009 8:41 PM GMT
    lobster prices are very low, I see them on sale all the time here in Florida

    http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=275839&ac=PHbiz
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    Aug 12, 2009 9:55 PM GMT
    but i'm an amateur chef... does that mean no one wants me anymore icon_sad.gif
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    Aug 12, 2009 10:01 PM GMT
    I haven't checked since the 23rd of July since that was the last time I was in Maine. But back then, lobster was being sold at the docks at < $4.00/lb. So it was a really good time to visit on vacation and eat like a king ;-)
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    Aug 12, 2009 10:12 PM GMT
    OMG Just $4/lb! I've got to get up there. Lobster is one huge weakness of mine!
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    Aug 12, 2009 10:22 PM GMT
    GQjock saidHehe ... brings back memories
    I dated a guy for a year who was a gourmet cook ....

    We had some fantastic meals .... but it took a toll on the waistline icon_rolleyes.gif

    I'm experiencing that right now!
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    Aug 12, 2009 11:05 PM GMT
    calibro saidbut i'm an amateur chef... does that mean no one wants me anymore icon_sad.gif


    je te veux icon_biggrin.gif

    and wtb $4/lb?!
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    Aug 12, 2009 11:21 PM GMT
    Nearly 10 years married to an amateur chef. I know how it affects the waste and budget!
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    Aug 12, 2009 11:26 PM GMT
    calibro saidbut i'm an amateur chef... does that mean no one wants me anymore icon_sad.gif

    I do and you can buy as many lobsters as you want!!

    I'm not a tight arse like Red











    Gawd that sounds terrible...
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    Aug 12, 2009 11:50 PM GMT
    red vespa that's a happy problem if i ever heard one!icon_lol.gif
    the meal sounds great -- although i'm not a huge shellfish fan myself, i might make an exception for maine lobster.
    also, i can relate: my bf is a designer, so you can't just buy a pillow or new sheets from ikea...it has to cost some outrageous amount before it's even considered!icon_rolleyes.gif
    have a nice dinner.icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 12, 2009 11:50 PM GMT
    Hillie saidEasy on the chef....who's doing the dishes?

    I do the dishes. I also do the table setting, different for every meal. This time each place setting will have a flower in its own small vase, I'm thinking orchids, but I'll see what looks good at the florist.
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    Aug 12, 2009 11:55 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidSo how much is this going to cost? I'm curious. icon_smile.gif

    I shudder to think, will worry about the damage afterwards. I think we can get by with the wine we have on hand, but some booze needs replenishing, that alone will be over $300, even just getting middle-quality stuff. He does the food purchases, I may never know the full extent.
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    Aug 12, 2009 11:59 PM GMT
    Em3ns saidlobster prices are very low, I see them on sale all the time here in Florida

    http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=275839&ac=PHbiz

    In South Florida for live Maine lobsters? I was afraid it would be outrageous, glad to hear we might get a break there. If I can get him to just go with fresh, since it's being prepared as thermidor anyway, that could help a lot. But he doesn't trust the freshness of anything that's not live. Gawd, we could probably take them to a nice restaurant for less, but then he wouldn't be cooking, largely the point of this.
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    Aug 13, 2009 12:10 AM GMT
    I'm sure you would also of been pissed, if he only got five, and 3 people had to miss out; how embarrassingicon_redface.gif You then would of looked cheap.

    No I fully agree 8 were needed, and you most likely got a better deal with 10. I agree with your other half, but then I go all the way out, if I have a dinner party, or people over for brunch.
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    Aug 13, 2009 12:20 AM GMT
    Lobster bathing in cheesey, gooey, creamy goodness...once it hits your tongue, you won't care one damn bit how much it cost; it's going to taste like it cost 10 times as much. I made lobster thermidor for Valentine's Day about 3 years ago. Best Valentine's ever. I used the recipe from one of the Williams Sonoma books. Brilliant stuff.
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    Aug 13, 2009 12:55 AM GMT
    you americans are soooo screwed over ..

    I had main lobster in the US (fresh, from the tank) and it cost an absolute bucket and didn't even taste all that great (apparently with the person I was with, it tastes as good as always)

    Here in Australia, alive or cooked it's fresh this morning, it's heaps cheaper and it tastes about twice as good..

    Need to come to the Sydney fish markets of a morning, amazing stuff and amazingly fresh (caught sometimes less then an hour ago but all caught in wee hours of early morning)
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    Aug 13, 2009 1:09 AM GMT
    Was on Cape Cod a few weeks back and surprised to see the price of lobster down. Didn't bother with it as stripped bass season had just opened - delicious icon_lol.gif

    Good luck with the dinner party - who gets the honor of throwing the critter in the pot?
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    Aug 13, 2009 1:18 AM GMT
    GQjock said
    I dated a guy for a year who was a gourmet cook ....

    We had some fantastic meals .... but it took a toll on the waistline icon_rolleyes.gif


    This is so true. A boyfriend chef will fatten you up and then dump you. Toss you to the curb like yesterday's deep-fry oil.
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    Aug 13, 2009 1:49 AM GMT
    lilTanker said
    calibro saidbut i'm an amateur chef... does that mean no one wants me anymore icon_sad.gif

    I do and you can buy as many lobsters as you want!!

    I'm not a tight arse like Red











    Gawd that sounds terrible...


    I thought I was the tight arse? icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 13, 2009 1:50 AM GMT
    calibro said
    lilTanker said
    calibro saidbut i'm an amateur chef... does that mean no one wants me anymore icon_sad.gif

    I do and you can buy as many lobsters as you want!!

    I'm not a tight arse like Red

    Gawd that sounds terrible...


    I thought I was the tight arse? icon_wink.gif

    not when I'm done with you ya wont..