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In honor of my Dad, I have prepared a classic New England Clambake infused with a garlic compound butter, then steamed to perfection on the grill.
It’s funny how certain things can spark a memory, like an old, familiar tune that comes on the radio, or a certain smell. Suddenly, you are a child again, then your whole life flashes before your eyes bringing you back to this moment.
All those memories that stand out to us, are what makes us who we are today.
I lost my father when I was sixteen. More than just a dad, he was my best friend, someone I could always turn to, someone who set the standard high for me as to who I wanted to be when I grew up. Yet, in those sixteen years, my father gave me a lifetime of memories to cherish and look back on.
I see a lot of him in my son- a strong sense of character, determined and dedicated to his family and his work. I see him in my brothers, and each passing day, I see more of him in myself.
My dad was an avid fisherman. There wasn’t anything more he enjoyed than packing a sandwich, a thermos of coffee and passing the hours away on his boat. Being both my brothers share that same love of fishing, how befitting to set up a New England style clambake along with their gift sets.
When I went shopping through Macy’s trying to find the perfect Father’s Day gift, my attention was caught by the beautiful gift set display.
The Nautica Voyage comes complete with shower gel and aftershave balm, as well as a traveling bag and a grill set. It is quintessentially the perfect Father’s Day gift.
In honor of Dad, I prepared a clambake and spared no expense. This clambake is deceptively easy to prepare. To start, I steamed all the shellfish on the grill. Each infused with generous amounts of seasoning and a compound butter made up of fresh garden herbs. Once the fish was done, I grilled up some spicy sausage and served that alongside sweet corn.
The spread was perfect and exceeded even my own expectations. As the sun began to set, sinking slowly down behind the skyline, we set the table down with newspaper for a classic, New England rustic feel. The meal was served family-style, and kept in cast iron pans, as everyone helped themselves to the mariner’s spread.
It was a beautiful evening, and as the family gathered for an early Father’s Day celebration, we ended the night off with a toast to Daddy. I know he was with us and I am sure he enjoyed the meal, the company, and felt the love in all our hearts.
Enjoy with Love,