A favorite summer tradition of mine is the clam bake—which doesn’t involve baking, but a labor-intensive process where you dig a hole in the sand, get a fire roaring, then douse it with salt water to steam seafood and seaweed on the piping-hot rocks. Since most of us can’t just light up anywhere we darn well please, this recipe captures that breezy, briny spirit from the convenience of the stove. The directions look complicated, but they’re really meant to be more of a loose guide than a must-do—the most important thing is to throw in the things that need to cook longest first.
Mary would like to thank the lovely, generous people who gave me stuffed toys for her while I was on book tour. As you can see, she thoroughly enjoyed them last night when I returned home. Would you mind coming over this morning to clean up their guts, which have been strewn in every nook and cranny of our apartment. Thanks! 😘