The Only Thing Comparable to the Wine in Napa Valley? The Food.





  • Trim tuna, removing skin, gristle, and any dark meat.
  • Combine mustard, thyme, ground fennel, cayenne, and salt in a small mixing bowl. Stir well to combine.
  • Heat a large skillet over moderately high heat. Coat bottom of skillet with a thin film of olive oil. When oil is hot, cook tuna fillet about 2 minutes per side, until nice and golden on the outside and rare to medium-rare on the inside.
  • Slice cooked tuna filet into 1/4 inch slices.
  • Serve on toasted sesame rolls or English muffins, slathered with mustard aioli.


A Summer Shellfish Recipe




  • 1 750-ml bottle dry white wine
  • 2 1/2 pounds small new potatoes, about 1″ in diameter
  • 8 live lobsters, about 1 1/4 pounds each
  • 8 large eggs
  • 8 ears of corn, husked, halved
  • 4 celery stalks, cut diagonally into 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 1/2 pounds spicy smoked sausage (such as linguiça, kielbasa, or andouille), cut into 2″ pieces
  • 2 lemons, quartered, sliced
  • 1 orange, quartered, sliced
  • 1 head of garlic, cloves separated
  • 1 large bunch thyme
  • 4 pounds littleneck, Manila, or steamer clams, scrubbed
  • 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed, debearded
  • Chile-Thyme Spice Mix
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, melted



  • Place a steamer basket in 30-quart pot. Add wine and 12 cups water; cover and bring to a boil. Add potatoes; cover and cook 5 minutes. Add lobsters and eggs; cover and cook 10 minutes. Gently nestle corn and next 6 ingredients (and littlenecks, if using) in pot. Cover and cook 5 minutes.
  • Add Manila clams or steamers (if using), cover, and cook 10 minutes. Add mussels, cover, and cook until shellfish open, about 5 minutes (discard any that do not open). Peel 1 egg and cut in half. If it’s hard-boiled, lobsters are ready. Using a slotted spoon and tongs, transfer shellfish bake to a very large platter or a table covered with newspaper. Sprinkle with spice mix. Pour broth from pot into small bowls, leaving any sediment behind. Serve shellfish bake with broth and melted butter.




  • One serving, with butter, contains: Calories (kcal) 901.2 Calories from Fat 43.0 Fat (g) 43.5 Saturated Fat (g) 21.0 Cholesterol (mg) 437.1 Carbohydrates (g) 64.2 Dietary Fiber (g) 6.2 Total Sugars (g) 7.9 Net Carbs (g) 58.0 Protein (g) 65.0 Sodium (mg) 1985.7.

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