Lobsters in Maine are currently $3.99 a pound. There was no sticker shock when the register rang in the pound and a half, live lobsters I recently purchased while there on vacation. My taste buds rejoiced as we steamed, grilled, baked, scrambled, poached, chopped and dipped the tender, chewy meat into melted butter, tarragon and lemon sauces. It was extravagant, filling and fun eating!Simple, steamed lobster with a sauce of equal parts lemon juice, wine and butter is my favorite way to enjoy a lobster feast. At camp, which is what New Englanders call the lake house, we cook the lobsters outside on a gas burner. Fill the water about 6 inches in the pot, salt it and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, add lobsters and cook about 12-17 minutes, depending on their sizes. They turn from green to bright red and you have to let them rest for a few minutes before ripping apart. My method is to pull the tail off, let it cool slightly, crack open one of the claws, eat it, eat tail, eat last claw and pick around if still hungry. Leftover lobster is not something I usually have to create recipes for, but with the prices so reasonable and a family that loves to eat well, we actually cracked open all of them and were too full to finish. A breakfast of lobster, scrambled eggs, chives and goat cheese is scrumptious and a wonderful way to kick off a day at the lake. The cool corn lobster salad above was a perfect way to get rid of the leftovers and incorporate some garden-fresh veggies. Any way you crack it, lobster enhances most meals. Lobsters are 10-legged crustaceans that live on either side of the Atlantic Ocean. There are also spiny lobsters that live in warmer water, but they don't have the large, edible claws that Atlantic lobsters are photographed for. The largest lobster caught on record was caught off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, and was 44 pounds and three-and-a-half feet long. They estimated that lobster was 100 years old. On average, a lobsters life span is 50 years. Lobsters shed their shells in order to grow. Sometimes, you will be asked if you want a soft- or hard-shell lobster. If you are shipping a live lobster to Colorado, you want to order hard shell, the soft are more perishable. The soft shells are easy to break into and some argue that they are the sweeter of the two varieties. In my opinion, both hard and soft shelled are delicious and any size tastes great too, just don't overcook them. For more lobster recipes, log on to Colorfulcooking.com. Tracy Miller adds fruits and veggies to all her meals. Log on to Colorfulcooking.com for more healthy recipes. She teaches culinary classes at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards and shares recipes on TV8's Good Morning Vail.
Cool Corn Lobster Salad2 cups fresh corn kernels, cooked1 cup raw zucchini, diced1/4-1/2 lb. lobster meat, cooked1 avocado3 Tablespoons cilantro, diced1/4 cup green onion, diced2 limes1/4 teaspoon salt1/8 teaspoon pepper Husk 4-5 ears of corn. Heat a large pot with boiling water. Add corn, cook five minutes. Make a bowl of ice water. Place corn in ice water and let cool for four minutes. Wipe corn dry with paper towels and cut kernels off with a sharp knife. Split avocado, remove seed and cut into cubes. Place corn in bowl, add zucchini, avocado, cilantro, green onion, salt and pepper and stir carefully. Zest 2 teaspoons lime zest, add to salad. Juice both limes and add to salad (about 1/4 cup juice). Slice lobster meat and add to salad. Serve cold. Makes 4 cups.