The acid test of a recipe

I told you all previously that we had a new author on our blog. I was super excited to see Drew start sharing with you all the great cooking that he has shared with me over the past year. But then Drew posted his first post, chorizo with mussels. Uh oh. I don’t like mussels, not even a little bit.

I mean, I’ve tried them. Multiple times. I’m not the kind of person who turns my nose up at things and won’t try them. I’ve had food poisoning in Africa, I’ve eaten things that were raw and just stopped moving. I like to eat and try new things. I’ve probably had mussels 30 times in my life. Mussels with pasta, mussels with cream sauce, whatever. I just don’t like them. And Drew is super excited about his recipe, and then SWMBO decides that she is going to fact check Drew and make all of his recipes. Now she is excited, he is excited, and I don’t like mussels and don’t know how to tell them without hurting their feelings.

Yesterday I put on a brave smile and go with SWMBO to get mussels from Earp’s Seafood.

Ok, I wasn’t quite that brave, but I did my best.

By the way, Earp’s is the only place to get seafood as far as I’m concerned. We’ve bought our seafood there since I was knee high to a duck so at least I enjoyed the trip to Earps.

So back to the dinner, I take the kids to Jiu Jitsu and SWMBO stays home and cooks mussels and whatever else Drew had in the recipe. We get home and I’m prepared to eat a small bit and go to bed. I’m not really hungry anyway so no big deal. I’ll try it, because of course I will. Plus the kids need to see me eat it. SWMBO gives me a full plate of scary looking mussels and it also includes bread. Bread that I cannot have on my diet. Apparently it was part of Drew’s recipe so she got it despite the fact I couldn’t have it. This just gets better and better. About 45 seconds later, this is what I had.

Clean plate of mussels and chorizo
I couldn’t lick the plate, because SWMBO was looking.

I immediately went back for seconds, before SWMBO took anymore. After eating everything that was left over, I went to the cooking pan for this.

Sopping up broth in a pan on the stove
Broth of the Gods, left over in the pan

I ate the bread, the sauce, all the mussels, all the chorizo, and everything else I could find, lick, or steal. If it was this good, then I’m sure it was a pain in the butt to make. There has to be a downside.

“It was surprisingly easy” was the answer I got from SWMBO. She said she had to go to the store to buy some ingredients that we didn’t normally have on hand but the actual cooking was simple.

Simple, tastes awesome, and no cleanup since I ate everything that wasn’t nailed down. That’s pretty strong for the first recipe out of the box. I can’t wait to try Drew’s next recipe.


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