Tips for Marinating Salmon

Salmon has become one of the world’s favorite fish. Apart from being a culinary delight and among the tastiest fish to eat, it also has numerous health benefits. It can be cooked in a variety of ways, from poaching, to grilling, to searing, to baking, and makes a very versatile meal.

Marinating salmon is a wonderful and easy way to give your salmon more flavor and there are just a few simple steps to marinating your salmon to perfection.

Make Sure Salmon is Fresh

Raw salmon should be pink and firm and have a sheen. If there is discoloration or any gaps between the fibers, throw it away. It is not fresh.

Choose Your Marinade

Here you can be creative, especially if you are familiar with herbs and spices. But a few suggestions are Italian dressing, a raspberry vinaigrette dressing, or a rice vinegar dressing.

Marinate

Pour your chosen marinade over the salmon in a baking dish, using  3 tablespoons of dressing for every pound of salmon. Turn the fish over several times to make sure it is completely covered.

Refrigerate

Cover the baking dish with some foil and put it in the refrigerator for between a half hour to an hour, but not longer than that.

Cook

Remove the salmon from the fridge and discard the remaining marinade. Now you are ready to cook using whatever method you choose. Salmon does not require a long cooking time so keep your eye on it. It should be moist and flaky when it’s done.

Salmon is one of the best fish, both for your tastebuds and for your health. Eating salmon regularly gives you a great source of protein and essential fatty acids. Learning different ways of cooking salmon also lets you make every time you cook it a new adventure.

Fall in New England Quintessence

Fall in New England is an amazing time, especially in Kennebunkport, Maine. This charming and historic town on the Atlantic coast not only offers visitors the quintessential colorful fall experience, but also some of the best fall activities and events in the region.
A popular vacation destination for nearly 150 years, Kennebunkport always has something to do in store. September 19th, for starters, is the Annual Kennebunk Art Walk. The Art Walk in Kennebunk is Free and effectively a block party of Art Open Houses. It encourages visitors to walk the Main Street of Kennebunk and visit the 10 art galleries throughout our magnificent downtown. It features traditional art, oils and photography. There is also jewelry, pottery, sculpture and books.
Starting October 4th until October 10th is the second annual fall restaurant week, With over 20 participating restaurants this year, you get a great deal on a three course meal. What’s more is this goes to a great cause, as the York County Coast Star is raising money and canned goods for the Church Community Food Pantry of the Kennebunks.
Coming up the ensuing weekend on October 11, there’s the annual Kennebunk Harvest Fest. The day kicks off with a pancake breakfast as the farmer’s market sets up shop for all day shoppers, as are craft fairs throughout. Live bands are going to set up early and pack it in late. Other events throughout the day include the Annual Duffy’s 5K race, pumpkin decorating, a costume parade and a scarecrow scavenger hunt.
Kennebunkport, though an incredible sailing destination in the warmer summer months, offers year round fun for the entire family. With a gamut of fall activity, against a backdrop of some of the most colorful fall foliage you could ever imagine, visiting this port town on the Atlantic coast is a must on any fall to-do list.

Autumn Maine Lobster with Butternut Spaghetti

We have about a month of summer left and then it’s “goodbye summer; hello school” time. Everything is a mindset and while some kids say they dread going back to school, most children are excited for it. It depends on the buildup. It’s your job as a parent to make it sound interesting, cool, and most of all, entertaining.

A great way to set the tone for autumn is with an elegant, back-to-school dinner. Fortunately, at Cape Porpoise, we know seasonal, and we know elegant. Use one of our favorite recipe ideas below for the perfect autumn lobster meal.

What You’ll Need

Fresh Maine Lobster

1 ½ pound Maine Lobster – 4 count. Purchase Here.

Butternut Spaghetti

1-1/2 cups semolina flour
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 butternut squash (2 lb. squash will yield 1 lb. of usable flesh)
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided

Vanilla-Butternut Beurre Blanc
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 small bay leaf
½ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small Spanish onion
½ cup white wine
½ vanilla bean (or ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract)

Presentation

4 Medium Carrots
1 Tsp. Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper (as desired)
1 small bunch fresh chives

Lobster Cooking Directions

Boil two inches of water in a 9 quart pot, using a lid. Once boiling, add the lobster and put the lid back on. Once covered, cook for 12 minutes, and remove from the pot to cool. Once cool, remove the meat from the tail and claws. Cut off the tail to use as garnishing with carrots and chives.

Use a small pan to place the meat and tails evenly in one layer. Use the cooking liquid from the lobsters to the pan and cover it with foil.

For the Spaghetti

Remove the seeds from the butternut squash and cut into one inch pieces. Cover with cool water and add the salt. Cover the pan and cook over a medium heat for about 20 minutes. Strain the liquid and put the squash in a blender or a food processor. Measure out ½ cup of the mixture, saving the rest for sauce. Use flour on a sanitary cooking surface and add ½ tsp salt, olive oil and the squash. Mix it by hand, sometimes-adding flour to create soft dough. Roll this dough and place into a pasta machine to create the pasta.

Can I Store Uncooked Lobster?

Here is a question that many people ask.  Can you freeze both cooked lobster and uncooked lobster to enjoy at a later date?  The short answer to this question is no, you cannot freeze uncooked lobster.  Here is why.

When you freeze and thaw uncooked lobster, the meat sticks to the inside of the shell and it is almost impossible to get out.  When you cook a lobster first and thaw at a later date the lobster meat does not stick to the inside of the shell.  It actually tastes very fresh and still remains juicy when you do sit down to enjoy it.

When an uncooked lobster is frozen, the meat actually expands and is tightly compressed within the shell walls.  When you thaw the uncooked lobster the meat then tears and shreds as the meat shrinks and disconnects from the wall that it was once connected.

According to the University of Maine Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition and the Lobster Institute, properly prepared lobster will stay fresh for a 9 to 12 month period.  That is if you can exercise self control and stare at your lobster in the freezer for that long without eating it.

There is no need to learn the hard lesson on freezing uncooked lobster.  The next time that you buy your lobster at Cape Porpoise, and we hope that’s soon, be sure to cook your lobster first and then store.  Or you can eat it all at once, either way works for us!
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Kennebunkport Festival

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Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. is situated in the middle of the beautiful and bustling fishing port of Kennebunkport, Maine at Cape Porpoise Pier. Located along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, Kennebunkport boasts beautiful scenery, a friendly atmosphere, and a wealth of culture.
 
One of the best ways to enjoy all that Maine has to offer is by attending the Kennebunkport Festival this June 3rd through June 8th. Guests of the festival will experience the luxurious side of Maine through fine dining, wine & beer tasting, local arts & crafts shows, and fantastic musicians. This year’s celebration marks the 10th year for the festival.
 
The Art of Dining is one delightful experience not to be missed. Held in the most exquisite designer homes of Maine, local famed chefs prepare a savory feast for all guests to enjoy. Up and coming restaurateurs, Chad Conley and Greg Mitchell of Gather Restaurant and the anticipated Palace Diner in Biddeford, Maine, will be among the talent this year; alongside Blue Elephant Events and Catering founder, Fausto Pifferrer.
 
The Brews & Tunes event features the soulful sounds of Spencer Albee and other local musicians. Albee’s music can be enjoyed outdoors on the Green at the Captain Lord Mansion.
 
The Cellardoor Winery will be sponsoring the Grand Tapas Party, which will be featuring the food and wines from eight countries. With the caliber of talent and entertainment available at the festival; food, wine, and art enthusiasts, will be planning for the Kennebunkport festival well ahead of time. Visitors will get the opportunity to enjoy the best that Maine has to offer; from the fabulous Kennebunkport festival events, to the breathtaking scenery of Maine in the springtime.
 
Visitors who are searching for a place to stay during the festival can check out The Fontenay Terrace Inn. It offers a quaint and cozy escape and is just a stone’s throw away from ocean views and the Kennebunkport festival events.
 
For those who want to start their summer season off while enjoying the natural beauty of Maine, fine food and wine, and warm Maine hospitality; make your reservations now.
 
 
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Why Is Lobster Red?

red lobsterIt’s a simple question, and those who have never cooked their own lobster might even be surprised to learn that the delicious, bright red lobster served in restaurants didn’t start out that way. Even though there is some variety in color due to genetics and diet, most live lobsters start out a brownish color,”even though their shells contain astaxanthin, a carotenoid from the same family of organic pigments that includes beta-carotene, the source of carrots’ bright hue,”  says Shaunacy Ferro of Popular Science. Other shellfish, like crabs and shrimp, also contain this substance.

 

Free astaxanthin is red, but when it bonds to proteins in a lobster’s shell it changes color and can become blue or yellow. When you look at a live lobster, you are actually seeing light as it is reflected through layers of bonded and free astaxanthin and that is why they typically appear brown.

 

Michael Tlusty, the director of research at Boston’s New England Aquarium says, “What happens when you cook it, you denature the protein through the heat, and it releases the pigment.”  Ferro goes on to say, “The resulting free astaxanthin makes the shell red all the way through. The same process applies to crabs and shrimp.”

 

Diet can vary the color of live lobster.  When they don’t eat things that contain astaxanthin, like shrimp and seaweed, they are much lighter in color. In addition, genetic differences in lobsters can make some look blue. However, their tantalizing red color makes you think of red symbols, like the Valentine’s Day heart, which makes them the perfect way to dine with your loved one.

 

There is a synthetic form of astaxanthin that is used in farm-raised seafood to help the color, but nothing can replace the real thing. In addition to providing the signature color, astaxanthin is also an antioxidant, very healthy in a human diet. It is said to have anti-cancer properties and can reduce inflammation in the body

 

So, the next time someone serves you a shiny red lobster, you may want to think about the process it goes through to come to you looking that way. To witness the process for yourself, order fresh live Maine lobster from Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. today.

 

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Perfect Valentine’s Day Dinner for the Lobster Lover

Lobster for Valentine's DayFor those who are looking to share the perfect Valentine’s Day with their loving companion, it’s time to start thinking seriously about how you’ll make February 14th as special as it can be. Of course, you can probably guess what we’re going to suggest. That’s right, we’re talking about FRESH MAINE LOBSTER!

 

Think about it. Lobster is the perfect indulgence for any special occasion. It’s the pinnacle of fancy eating, and makes any day memorable on its own. We’re willing to make a bet that you can remember the last time you had lobster. It’s too delicious to forget!

 

Even better, great lobster doesn’t require hours of slaving away in the kitchen, trembling in fear over the possibility that you’ll mess up some crucial part of the process. Lobster is relatively easy to cook, and fresh Maine lobster as good as ours is pretty difficult to mess up. Just boil it or broil it, serve it with melted butter, and watch as your significant other smiles with blissful satisfaction.

 

If they haven’t spent time in the area, chances are that your loved one hasn’t experienced the true taste of live Maine lobster. Plus, our reasonable prices will allow you to enjoy the most delicious lobster available, delivered fresh to your door, for less than it would cost for a fancy dinner on the town. Besides, a dinner that you prepare on your own will be appreciated so much more.

 

We’ve forgotten to mention one of the most important factors of all: Lobster is red!—perfect for Valentine’s Day. Need another reason why lobster is perfect for a day as romantic as Valentine’s Day? Research shows that lobster can act as an aphrodisiac.

 

To get started on your Valentine’s Day plans, and to show the object of your affections that you truly care, look into placing an order for fresh Maine lobster at Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. and make this Valentine’s Day one you’ll remember forever.

 

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Now at Cape Porpoise Lobster Co: Bacon Wrapped Lobster Tail and Crab and Lobster Cakes

Bacon Wrapped Lobster TailAt the Cape Porpoise Lobster Company, we strive to deliver delicious, fresh Maine lobster and crab to our valued customers. In addition to our large selection of fresh seafood that we have been offering for years, we enjoy adding new items to our menu on a regular basis. That is why we are proud to introduce a few of our latest food options, including our bacon wrapped lobster tail appetizer. As if lobster tails weren’t already tasty enough, you won’t believe how good they are after we wrap them in high-quality, mouthwatering bacon. We offer our bacon wrapped lobster tails in packs of 15 and 30, making them ideal for snacks, appetizers, and so much more.

 

Crab and Lobster CakesIn addition to our new bacon wrapped items, we are also introducing Maine crab and lobster cakes. Even if you have tasted crab or lobster cakes before, there is nothing comparable to Maine seafood. By using the freshest crabs and lobsters available in Maine, we have created unforgettable seafood cakes that you will want to have with every meal. Whether you are throwing a wedding, hosting a dinner party, celebrating a holiday, or any other occasion, these crab and lobster cakes are the perfect additions to any meal.

 

The lobsters and crabs found throughout Maine are famous for a reason, and we are here to serve as proof that the best seafood in the world comes from New England. All of our food items have a fresh taste that you won’t experience anywhere else, and we offer a wide variety of options, affordable prices, and fast shipping. Whether you are looking for bacon wrapped appetizers or seafood cakes for a party, we can help. If you would like to learn more about any of the items on our menu, please contact us. Browse our site to view our complete inventory and place your order online today!

 

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7 Fun and Interesting Facts about Lobsters

Interesting Lobster FactsLobsters are a favorite and a luxury for many diners. It is the crustacean of decadence, and a classic for special occasions. The only thing most of us know about these delicious creatures of the sea is what they’re like when boiled or grilled to perfection, how they go perfectly with Champagne, and that they taste great dipped in butter.

 

In addition to these better-known facts, there are many interesting and fun tidbits about lobsters worth sharing. The next time you sit down to a fancy meal and crack one open, you can feel just a bit more knowledgeable about the meal you’re enjoying, and you might even feel like sharing the information with those sitting across the table.

 

1. If in a difficult situation, when very hungry, lobsters will not hesitate to eat each other. That’s right, if times become tough, and there is only another lobster available for dinner, they will eat it, and without remorse.

 

2. Female lobsters outdo their human counterparts by being able to carry and release thousands of eggs at a time.

 

3. Lobsters explore the world by smell through antennae, their sense of taste is in their feet, and they hear with their legs.

 

4. Lobsters actually come in many colors, but they only turn red once cooked.

 

5. Before lobsters became the choice of seafood for the well-to-do, these “lovely” crustaceans were once “lowly” crustaceans, used to feed prisoners and household servants. Lobsters were so undesirable that the law limited the amount of lobsters that could be fed to any prisoner or servant in a certain period.

 

6. Out of the tens of thousands of eggs that are laid by lobsters, only about 10 will survive to maturity.

 

7. For crustaceans, lobsters can have a long life of about 6-7 years, just to get to a size where they can become edible. If not captured to be eaten, they have been said to live almost 100 years.

 

For the finest live Maine lobsters available, visit Cape Porpoise Lobster Co.

 

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Is Lobster Healthy?

You know what’s better than succulent, great tasting Maine lobster? How about the fact that, unlike too many other delicious foods, you can actually enjoy eating it without feeling guilty? That’s right lobster lovers, there’s no need to resist the irresistible anymore. Let’s take a look at the numerous health benefits you can get from eating lobster meat.

 

Lobster is a high protein food, helping the body perform the necessary functions of growth and repair while providing healthy energy. More importantly, that protein is provided with a surprisingly low amount of calories, especially when boiled. It has a bit of fat, but nothing significant enough to avoid. And the Atkins lovers will be pleased to hear that lobster is also a carb-free food. All of this spells good fortune for your waistline.

 

Not only can it help to keep the pounds off, lobster meat also contains important minerals to strengthen bones. Loads of calcium and an even higher amount of phosphorous combine to help form hydroxyapatite, a crucial bone-building mineral. Meanwhile, choline and vitamin B-12 promote healthier nerve and cognitive function. Maybe that’s why all of us lobster eaters are so smart.

 

In addition to brain and bone structure, lobster provides the body with omega-3 fatty acids that help to prevent cardiovascular disease. Eating foods like lobster that contain omega-3’s now can help to stave off heart problems later in life. Lobster is also a good source of selenium, niacin, and vitamin E.

 

Of course, as with anything else, lobster is only as healthy as the way you prepare and eat it. Most people love to dip their lobster in drawn butter, but for those who really want to make it a healthy dish, consider drizzling a little bit of olive oil on it with a dash of black pepper. Likewise, if you use a little less mayo on your lobster roll, you’ll still enjoy the sweet meat of lobster while cutting back on the part that’s not as good for you. On the other hand, if lobster is an occasional treat for you, don’t be so hard on yourself when it comes to enjoying it to the fullest, however way you want it.

 

One thing is for sure, lobster is a great alternative to other meats, with more protein than chicken and less fat than beef. Visit Cape Porpoise Lobster Co to continue the wonderful tradition of lobster eating with pride, and spread the word about just how enjoyable healthy can be.

 

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