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Outdoor entertaining is my favorite kind. I love sitting under pretty lights and enjoying wine with friends until the wee hours. For the food, steamed mussels are delicious. I like them with a side of herbed French fries. The Barefoot Contessa has a a great mussels recipe which I’ve included below.

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3 pounds cultivated mussels
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons good olive oil
1 cup chopped shallots (5 to 7 shallots)
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic (5 to 6 cloves)
1/2 cup chopped canned plum tomatoes, drained (4 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon good saffron threads
1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 cup good white wine
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Recipes at Lucea Row
To properly clean the mussels, place them in a large bowl with 2 quarts of water and flour and let soak for half an hour, or until you’ve gotten rid of any sand. Drain them, and remove the “beard” from each. Srub the mussels with a brush under running water. Throw away the mussels with open shells.

In a large stockpot, warm the olive oil and butter on a medium heat. Add the shallots and cook for 5 minutes; then add the garlic and cook for 3 more minutes, or until the shallots are see-through. Add the tomatoes, saffron, parsley, thyme, wine, salt, and pepper into the mix and bring to a boil.

Add the mussels, stir and then cover the pot, and cook on medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until all the mussels are opened. Throw away any mussels that do not open. Pour the mussels and the sauce into a large bowl and serve hot. Enjoy!

How do you plan an outdoor celebration and what kind of food do you serve?

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