Pot au feline. Just kidding.
I thought I was going to get inspiration. Instead, I got aggravation.
I sailed by the salmon, the tilapia and the catfish and headed straight to the crabmeat. They had claw crabmeat at an okay price. Same for the "special" crabmeat. But the price for a pound of jumbo lump crabment, in BJ's was - are you sitting down? - almost $23.00 a pound. And this was one dish where I could not get away by substituting with the "special." I needed the lumps, damn it.
Reality bites. And the truth is, jumbo lump crabmeat is a luxury item that has now slipped out of my grasp. I can still afford chicken, pork, and some fin fish, which is a lot better than many families during this financial depression (or should that be depression with a big "D"?) So no corn and crab bisque ... maybe I can think of a way to adapt the recipe to replicate the wonderful clam bisque I used to order at Lundy's in Brooklyn. Canned clams are still reasonable.
Sadly, the price of beef is not reasonable, and has not been for a number of months. I don't know which is worse, sticker shock at the meat counter or at the pump. I did finally settle on a rather handsome piece of fresh brisket - over $4.00 a pound, even in BJ's! - and a Freirich corned beef brisket. St. Patrick's Day is coming up, after all. The fresh brisket is bound for the smoker, and that is really some good eats. Sliced very thin, served over Texas garlic toast with some barbecue sauce from Sonny's. Brisket is a quintessential Jewish cut of meat, and I know a lot of ways to cook it. I always buy the flat cut (some people swear by the point) unless I can get a whole piece which includes both flat and point. The flat cut has less fat, less waste, less shrinkage. It also cuts a lot neater than the point.
Brisket is what we call pot roast ... my mother never used any other cut of meat for her pot roast, and when I started reading cookbooks and saw recipes for pot roast that involved rumps and bottom rounds, I was puzzled. Brisket is pot roast and pot roast is brisket. Bottom round, on the other hand, makes a fine beef stew. If you can find a well-priced piece of bottom round, or shoulder, cut them into cubes yourself and try them in this recipe.
I am going to try to smoke that fresh brisket this coming weekend, and I'll take pictures if I do. So good, you'll want to lick the monitor screen. Really.