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King Crab Clusters!

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Lunds is currently having a sale on King Crab Clusters. I jumped at a chance to get some fresh crab (okay, it was frozen, but in Minnesota we can’t be that picky) for just $9 per pound. I picked up one big cluster, which cost me $28 and I was thrilled. We left it to thaw in the refrigerator for a couple days and finally steamed them last night. We loaded the turkey roaster with the claws and some boiling water and set them in a hot oven for about 15 minutes, just long enough to warm through. Most recipes I’ve seen say to cook them for abotu 10 minutes. From experience I know this isn’t enough time to heat the thick claws all the way through, so we went for 15.

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We served them with frozen corn (all that was available and really, really nasty), some fresh asparagus (really tasty), some good bread and a big side of butter with lemon. The simplicity of the meal let the crab shine through. We each had a kitchen towel on our laps and a scissors to tear apart the claws. We only ate about half of what I bought, so crab cakes are on the menu for tonight.

I love good seafood, especially lobster, but crab tastes cleaner to me, a bit fresher. And there’s a sweet sense of victory when you can pull a big chunk of meat from the claws. Then, of course, there’s the butter dripping down your chin onto the dog who’s patiently waiting for a handout. Sorry buddy, no crab for puppies.

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A coworker was taking about the Banana-Whole Wheat Pancakes she made for dinner last week and I got an intense craving for the awesome pancakes at Highland/Longfellow Grill. There are two locations near us of this locally owned family of restaurants and they have the most amazing, but healthy pancakes. Full of whole wheat, granola, and topped with blueberries, raisins and bananas, these are the real thing. They’re thick and with a side of (crisp) bacon make a really, really good breakfast on a Sunday morning. Really, any morning would do, but I had to have them on a Sunday. I wish I had taken a photo, but I had my fork up and ready by the time the server set the plate in front of me.

But enough about pancakes. The Highland Grill (as well as their other locations) have great meals all day. Some favorites include their scrambles, the turkey burger with sweet potato fries, the BLTA, the Salmon entrée and if you can find it on their specials menu, any Risotto. They also offer half-price wine on Tuesdays and I noticed a poster for a special 5-course Latin Wine Dinner at the end of March.

In the warmer months (March is not one of those in these parts) both the Highland and Longfellow Grill have outdoor seating. Highland’s is limited, but Longfellow has a large patio just a block from the Mississippi River. If you can block out the cyclists in spandex pouring out of the coffee shop next door, the patio is quite pleasant.

Both, and I’m sure all, locations fill up, but you can call ahead and put your name on the list. Eating out is a lot more fun when you don’t have to stand around in a crowded doorway. If you’ve been there and have a favorite dish let me know, if you haven’t been there please go and let me know what you think! Enjoy!

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