Cioppino Made Easy — Thanks to Siren Fish Co.
With Dungeness crab season in full swing now, it’s perfect time to indulge in a big bowl of steaming cioppino.
The Bay Area-based community supported fishery has put together all the seafood you need to make this savory seafood stew. The kit includes two cooked, cracked Dungeness crab, one pound of rock cod fillets, one pound of live Cove mussels (already scrubbed clean), and one pound of live clams. All the seafood is local, sustainable and traceable.
I had a chance to test-drive a sample kit, which comes complete with a recipe. All you have to do is saute onions and bell peppers with red pepper flakes, before adding red wine, tomato paste, canned Italian tomatoes, clam juice and chicken broth. Then, you add in the crab, and the other seafood, which cooks in a flash.
Dinner is served in no time. It’s enough for six people easily. Just add some crusty bread or a green salad and you are set.
The brothy, slightly spicy stew is chock full of seafood. It’s an impressive looking meal that belies how easy it was to make.
The kit is specially priced now at $129.99; and you can choose the specific date you want it delivered.
Winner of the Food Gal Contest
In last week’s contest, I asked you to tell me why you love Dungeness crab so much. The winner will receive a copy a copy of the cookbook, “Crab” by Cynthia Nims, plus two cooked, cleaned and cracked Dungeness crabs, courtesy of Daily Fresh Fish.
Michele Mandell, who wrote, “Oh, Dungeness crab, how do I love thee?
Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth of the Bay,
to the breadth of the ocean,
to the height of the Golden Gate Bridge.
I love thee purely, for your sweet, tender flesh.
I love thee with the passion put to use in crafting this plea.
I love thee with a love I seem to lose each June, your long absences feeding my longing.
I love thee with the breath, smiles and tears of all my life: and,
if [FoodGal] chooses me to receive you, I shall but love thee better after [your] death.*