Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Linguine with Clams {and our new deck furniture!}

I am feeling pretty fancy right about now...Sunday night Hubs and I made our first clam dish and it turned out great!  It was a perfect way to wine wind down from our busy weekend!  We also got to eat on our new deck set for the first time, which was great because it felt like a whole new room addition to our house.


First things first, we bought the clams from our specialty meat shop in town, Overland Meat Co.  I really trust their meat when it comes to trying new things {like tuna tartare}...I highly recommending seeking this type of store out in your area...it's worth it for the quality.


While we were looking for a suitable recipe...we kind of mixed and matched and came up with our own flavors.  The result was truly amazing...I'm telling you, this is a keeper!

Recipe:
  • 2 dozen clams
  • 1 lb linguine
  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup dry white wine {like chardonnay}
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6-8 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Basil for garnish
Heat large stock pot over medium high heat.  Add butter and let melt.  Add olive oil, garlic, and shallots and let saute for 1-2 minutes.  Add white wine and lemon juice and turn heat to high to let boil.

Boil water in separate pot and let linguine cook until al dente, per instructions.

Meanwhile, once the sauce is boiling, add clams and cover tightly.  {Note: clams need to be thoroughly cleaned in cold water.  Also, hubby suggests to not use a non-stick pan as these little suckers scratch!}  Most cookbooks will tell you to boil 3-5 minutes, or until the clams open...ours took 8-10 minutes to open.  Discard any clams that did not open.

Pull clams out of sauce and set aside.  Reduce sauce on low heat for 3-5 minutes.  Pour sauce over served pasta and spoon clams on top.  Garnish with salt, pepper, and basil to taste.


Oh and here's a little new preview of our deck furniture:


{Don't mind the boards and construction in the backyard!}

We're waiting for the pollen to subside so we can stain the deck...then I'll do a FULL "after" shot of the deck!

Oh yes...and did I mention we enjoyed the clams?  They were perfect with a crisp glass of chardonnay!

Hope you enjoy!  Bon Appetit!

xo natasha
Linked to: Tasty Tuesdays

40 comments:

  1. Your deck furniture is beautiful!! Looks great how you've set the table!

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  2. This looks delicious! And your desk and the furniture looks great! SO jealous!

    Tahoe just made the list of best places to buy a vacation home!

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  3. Oh wow. That looks DELISH. Also love your furniture. I would be eating out there every night in the summer! :)
    xo
    alexa
    www.theshortandthesweetofit.com

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  4. mmm clams... calooh callay! the perfect dish for a hot summer day...

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  5. I can't even begin to tell you how good this looks to me......AMAZING

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  6. I am totally in awe of everything from this post! The meal, the deck, the furniture, its all amazing! have me over for dinner!

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  7. Thank you for the recipe for this! My boyfriend will propose if I make this for him one night, lol! He just loves clams ;)

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  9. Such a brave recipie! Dare I try and impress the boy? Not a chance but yours looks yummy :) Perhaps it will be on the menu for labor day? Deck looks amazing can't wait to enjoy it!! xoxo

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  10. OH.
    MY.
    GOODNESS.
    You just struck the jackpot with that one, Missy! Vongole is LITERALLY my favourite food IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. I am SALIVATING as I am typing this! Definitely going to try this out. It looks HEAVENLY!!! Thank you so much for sharing

    <3 Belly B

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  11. That looks like a meal straight out of a restuarant! Don't you love dining alfresoc? It is the perfect time to enjoy good wine, food and company!

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  12. I don't eat seafood, nor can I really stand looking at it, but I REALLY wanted to see your deck furniture! So I made it through the post...don'tcha worry(: Love the furniture! And I'm sure you guys loved the dinner (:

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  13. This looks like a delicious meal! It's perfect for summer. Yum!

    http://blog.badjoan.com/

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  14. that looks amazing! what kind of chard?

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  15. Love the new furniture! There's nothing better than eating dinner outside. I'll be posting about our new outdoor furniture tonight or tomorrow- got some new accessories to add to it! :)

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  16. Looks delish! We get the worst in pollen in April. Everything is covered in yellow/green. We take EVERYTHING inside. Enjoy your new furniture!

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  17. YUM! That is a perfect summer meal :) I completely agree with choosing a specialty shop for meats and seafood. I always hit up the fisherman's terminal for the freshest seafood :) I can't wait to try this recipe! xoxoxo brynn

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  18. This looks flippin delicious! Shellfish is one of my favorites...it always feel so elegant and gourmet, but it's so easy. I might have to make this later in the week!

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  19. Love the furniture! Your dinner looks like it came from a fancy restaurant...nice work!

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  20. Great furniture!! The dinner looks delicious, perfect to share outside and enjoy your new patio furniture.

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  21. Looks like a completely dreamy night! This recipe sounds amazing, must try soon! You and your hubby are adorable. xo

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  22. looks delish! and that deck furniture looks wonderful too :)

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  23. Loving your new deck and deck furniture!

    Thanks for stopping by to link up to my mix and mingle party this week.

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  24. wow natasha your deck looks amazing and that furniture looks great! i can't believe you cooked clams, good for you! i never have.

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  25. I love love love how the deck furniture turned out!

    becca
    http://blondeslogic.blogspot.com

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  26. Well look at you, Ms. FancyPants! That looks absolutely amazing! You are such an adventurous cook...where do you come up with all these fantastic recipes??? I'm always wary of looking up stuff online and I have a hard time buying an entire cookbook when I know that I will probably only try 1/10th of them!

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  27. Oh yummy!! I need to get brave and steam my own clams! Loving your new deck furniture! The glass in the middle of the table makes it look fancy shmancy!

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  28. so pretty! the perfect place to have a summer dinner!

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  29. oh my gosh, that looks delicious! and your deck furniture is perfect! :)

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

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  30. I LOVE clams, but I've never cooked with them. Hmm...I'm definitely going to have to try this and get over my fear of cooking clams! Hope you had a wonderful day!

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  31. ooh, love your furniture! That recipe sounds delish.. will have to get motivated and try it out this summer - x

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  32. This looks so yummy! Is that Emma China from Pottery Barn? If so, its my favorite and I plan on registering for it!

    xoxo.

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  33. Your new desk is ammmaaaazzzing! Think how many fun wine nights you can have out there :)

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  34. I dont even like clams, but that dish looks so yummy!

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  35. Everything looks good! Your new furniture and that dish.

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  36. oh yum! This is one of my favorite things to eat!!!

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  37. Yum, yum, and yum some more! Delicious. And thanks for sharing your recipe. The dinner looks like it was fabulous and very nice way to break-in your new patio furniture.

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