Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Best Meal Ever

This month's Bon Appetit named Portland, ME America's Foodiest Small Town. Portland is just a couple hours away from us, and it really is a great little city with some amazing restaurants. A few years ago, Derek shot a commercial at Smiling Hill Farm Dairy just outside Portland and bought some amazing milk from them. 

And he met some very nice cows. We drove back shortly after to buy more milk, and spent the day exploring Portland and eating lobster. And last year we decided to spend the weekend there for my mother's birthday. We had an amazing dinner at Hugo's, so I was so excited to find a recipe from Hugo's included in the article. The recipe was for Cod with Mussels, Chorizo, Fried Croutons, and Saffron Mayonnaise. I recreated it at home, but of course eliminated the chorizo. I also didn't want to deep fry the croutons, and thought it would work better with some slices of baguette lightly crisped in a little olive oil. They were perfect for sopping up the yummy broth.

Derek thought this was the best meal I've ever made. I wish I could take credit for the recipe! I just loved the saffron mayo on top - I made extra and last night slathered it on some fish and corn and grilled them. I really have a mayonnaise problem. Is it normal to want to eat a bowl of it with a spoon?


  1. yummmmmmmy! Someday soon Gretchen i will enjoy all this cooking! I love Portland too! It is such a great New England city! Love you!

  2. eating mayo with a spoon is not any more of a problem then eating a bowl of fluff, which I did a few nights ago. jane