Table for Two
Anyone can make a dinner reservation, so why not make a thoughtfully romantic meal at home?
We have Lobster Tails for Valentine’s Day! Nothing says Passion like Lobster. These 6-7oz. Cold Water Lobster Tails are only $10.99/ea (regular $16.99) through February 14th, while supplies last. Try our simple but mouth-watering Grilled Lobster Tail Recipe that is sure to impress your date:
- 2 lobster tails (6-7 ounces each)
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 tsp Fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Dash pepper
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 lemon, squeezed
- Lemon wedges and additional melted butter, optional
- Split lobster tails in half lengthwise. With cut side up and using scissors, cut along the edge of shell to loosen the cartilage covering the tail meat from the shell; remove and discard cartilage.
- Pour water into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; place lobster tails in dish. Combine the parsley, salt and pepper; sprinkle over lobster. Drizzle with butter and lemon juice.
- Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until meat is firm and opaque. Serve with lemon wedges and melted butter if desired.
Taste Michigan: Shrimp?
No, it’s not a typo. Michigan does have shrimp. Russ Allen, Michigan’s world-class “shrimpman”, is a Lansing area native. After graduating from the School of Natural Resources at UofM with a degree in fisheries management in the late 70s, he guided sea turtle viewing trips in the Galapagos Islands. When coastal Ecuadorans began to successfully farm shrimp on a large scale, Russ was hired to help develop the world’s first large shrimp farming models. Russ then developed shrimp farms in Ecuador, Belize, and Mexico for the next twenty years and became a world renowned expert in shrimp culture. When he moved back to MI in the mid-90s, he began to experiment with growing shrimp near East Lansing, where naturally saline water is abundant. Michigan Shrimp Farms (MSF) was born.
The system Russ has developed over the past 20 years is a bio-secure, environmentally safe, and climate-controlled process that requires zero use of antibiotics and chemicals producing naturally healthy shrimp. Inspectors from the World Wildlife Foundation’s sustainable seafood program visited Russ’ operation in 2008 and determined it to be “the most sustainable aquaculture model in the world”.
In short, MSF shrimp are:
Sweet and delicious
Clean, healthy, and chemical-free
Raised using environmentally sound practices
Locally grown in Michigan
So, next time you’re in Plum Market we encourage you to stop by the seafood counter and ask a Team Member about taking home some fresh Michigan shrimp—it’s definitely worth a try!
Impress Your Guests with Lobster
So, you’ve got your live lobsters. Now, what? Here are a couple recipe ideas to help you get started with your Lobster Feast:
Plum Perfect Labor Day Lobster Boil
2 live lobsters
1 btl. white wine, preferably chardonnay
1 stalk celery, chopped into ½ inch pieces
½ onion, chopped into ½ inch pieces
1 carrot, peeled, cut into ½ inch pieces
¼ cup kosher salt
1 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
1 gallon water
2 ears sweet corn, peeled and cleaned
1 lbs. small potatoes, redskins, baby , or white.
- Chill white wine.
- Open white wine and pour half of the bottle in to pot with all the other ingredients, except the “optional.” Place pot on high flame either on stove, or side burner on grill. Cover, and bring the contents to a lazy boil.
- If you are using optional ingredients, add potatoes and simmer for 15 minutes. Next add corn and cook for additional 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon and tongs remove corn and potatoes. Brush with butter and set aside to keep warm. While pot is still boiling, add lobsters, cover and cook for 12-14 minutes.
- Pour remaining wine into appropriate glass and consume responsibly while you are waiting for lobsters to cook.
- Remove lobsters and eat immediately and enjoy!
Grilled or Broiled Lobster
2 ea. Live Lobster
2 oz melted butter
1 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
1 clove chopped garlic.
1 tbsp. chopped cilantro or parsley
1 lime, juice only
- Pre heat the grill. In a small sauce pot, melt butter. Add the Old Bay Seasoning, Garlic, and lime juice.
- There is 2 ways that this can be done. For those of you whom have a soft spot for lobster, and are not into splitting while alive, I suggest using a boil method (see perfect lobster boil recipe), then cooling the lobster in refrigeration over night.
- Using a sharp knife and a sure hand, split lobster lengthwise from head to tail. Brush meat with butter and grill with shell side down for 4-5 minutes. Flip, watch out for flame ups, grill another 4-5 minutes.
- Eat immediately, best with a nice chardonnay, grilled vegetables, French bread (use any additional Lime Butter for dipping), and roasted or boiled potatoes. Enjoy!
Fish You Can Trust
We all have standards, but when it comes to fish…nobody has standards like CleanFish. So, luckily for you, when you purchase any CleanFish seafood you can rest assured that the fish was raised or caught in the most sustainable way possible.
Just think: A fish that swims vigorously at low density develops a muscular body and fine flesh. A shrimp that eats a wholesome diet tastes sweet. The story adds up to this: for once, what is good for you and the planet is what you want most.
The CleanFish Alliance of artisan producers offer some of the world’s best tasting seafood. Each member of the CleanFish Alliance demonstrates extraordinary environmental stewardship that translates into a superior quality fish and a healthier planet.
Watch this video to meet the family behind Fisherman’s Daughter Shrimp: Fisherman\’s Daughter Shrimp
Raised with Care
Farmers from Niman Ranch joined us to grill up some delicious pork and other all natural meats for a summer cookout at Plum Market in West Bloomfield.
From Niman Ranch Website:
We go beyond the USDA definition of natural (minimally processed – no artificial ingredients) because we believe it also means the animals have been raised humanely, without antibiotics or added hormones and fed an all natural vegetarian diet. At Niman Ranch, “naturally raised” isn’t a trend. Naturally raised has been our business and our passion for over 30 years. Our mission has remained steadfast: to raise livestock traditionally, humanely, and sustainably to deliver the finest tasting meat in the world.
Watch this video to meet farmers and learn more: Niman Ranch Video