Haute n the Kitchen

Entertaining Inspired by my Travels & Traditions

Summer’s Sunset

The Romans referred to the dog days as diēs caniculārēs and associated the hot weather with the star Sirius. They considered Sirius to be the “Dog Star” because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). Sirius is also the brightest star in the night sky. Dog Days were popularly believed to be an evil time “the Sea boiled, the Wine turned sour, Dogs grew mad, and all other creatures became languid; causing to man, among other diseases, burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies.” according to Brady’s Clavis Calendaria, 1813.[1]

I wondered what “Dog Days” really meant today.  One of those bizarre thoughts that creep in on a long run with Sula, just a pace in front of me. For being a day that should have been hers, she certainly didn’t seem too happy, panting heavily in the August heat. Thus, I discover, the Dog Days are the days when we all go a little mad from the heat. It explains a lot, but that is an entirely different post. 😉

The Dog Days of Summer are quickly coming to an end. Schools are back in session, the high temperatures have almost given lead back to a more comfortable air and that unmistakable feeling is here, reminding us that Summer is almost a fleeting thought. Sigh.

So to honor Summer with one last outdoor Feast, I propose we all have a Clam/Lobster Bake this week or next weekend. It only feels right to send Summer and the Dog Days off with a proper goodbye.

I am going to make it easy for you. The menu is above. Ready to go. The table decor looks like this…

Simple but Elegant Dining Table Theme

The drinks look like this….

Iced tubs of beer, wine & waters

The work is little when shared among friends. The preparations are easy when everyone invited brings just one thing. The result is a final chance to bury your feet in some sand, watch the sun give a majestic goodnite, feel a cooler breeze blowing into town and tasting the last savory flavors of Summer from a one pot dish!

Well three dishes. One clam/lobster bake or boil (if indoors), one lobster mac&cheese, and one cherry (or other stone fruit) clafoutis. All three are prep and ready in under one hour.

So, go on…make that invite list. Email it out tonite and lets make the end of Summer 2012 a dinner party not to be forgotten.

I can’t wait to hear how yours turns out. Please share and I will do the same!

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