This has been a weekend of inexpensive and simple cooking. Ever since n8 made me mussels for my birthday, I have been wanting to have them again. Moules marinières seemed like the easiest recipe in the world, so I gave that a try with moderate success.
All you do is simmer some onion, shallot, and garlic in a couple cups of white wine in a large pot for five or ten minutes, then throw in the rinsed mussels in their shells (figure one pound per person), cover the pot, and cook it over high heat for five minutes, shaking frequently. Add a few tablespoons of butter, chopped parsley, salt, and pepper, and you’re good to go. I wish I had added more salt earlier, and I longed for a big hunk of good bread, but it was a satisfying meal nonetheless. And when mussels are only $2.50 per pound, it’s cheaper than pizza and ten times more special. Especially with champagne!