It’s Memorial Day weekend in the US, which means lots of things around the country. Hopefully, foremost, it means a time to say thanks to all those military that have fallen in service to our country. With the long weekend most of us get to enjoy, the weekend has also come to mean the unofficial start to summer, family cookouts and get togethers, and maybe just a day to unwind.
If you’re in the Dayton, Ohio, area, though, it also brings Lobstermania to Dorothy Lane Market! That may seem odd to some, with Dayton being very land-locked, but this award-winning grocer contracts with 2 lobster captains in Maine, the Ready brothers, to bring in all of their catch at the end of the week, fly them with their lobsters to Dayton, then sell them at $12/pound-and-a-half lobster until they’re gone.
We got up and ready to go. I put on my lobster shorts, and my wife put on her lobster pants. Yes, we have them. My shorts are navy with red lobsters all over them, and her pants are khaki with lighter colored lobsters. And, yes, I wear my shorts other times, too, but I make sure to wear them to Lobstermania!
People show up early. Last year, we were first in line, but we got there a bit later this year, and we were about 20 people back, I’d guess. Dorothy Lane Market does a great job with this, passing around wine, beer and food samples to the people in line. This year, we got to sample crepes, a great ale and a really nice wine (that would, of course, go well with the lobster). One of the Ready brothers was on site and walking up and down the line talking to people. There was even a cooking class, with the brothers helping, the night before.
We didn’t go too far overboard, getting lobsters for my mom, some friends and ourselves. The market does a great job of making it fun to be there, and they are steaming lobsters outside, so, if you don’t want to cook your lobsters live, you just swap out what you have for lobsters ready to make rolls, or to be quickly reheated in boiling water.
We had friends, David and Eva, over for dinner Saturday night, and they brought some great stuff mushrooms and Fritos with chocolate and peanut butter caramel that are deadly good! We had lobsters ready to chop up for lobster rolls, blueberry salad (Maine themed) and whoopie pies (also Maine themed). The lobster rolls were simple, as they should be, with lightly toasted New England hot dog rolls for the bread. The lobsters were shelled, and the meat was chopped just a bit (I like the meat in big pieces!). For 4 lobsters, I added just 1 1/2 tablespoons of mayo, salt and pepper, and mixed it, then filled the hot dog rolls with the meat, and we enjoyed!
I’ll admit we got a few extra live ocean bugs and cooked them Sunday morning. There’s something very luxurious about having lobster for breakfast, but we only do it once a year!