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What's Being Served This Year

Wednesday, January 19, 2005; Page F02

Here are a few of the recipes being served at this year's inaugural luncheon on Capitol Hill, courtesy of Design Cusine caterers.

Scalloped Crab and Lobster

8 to 10 servings

This impressive first-course requires several pots and pans and a considerable amount of expense, but the result is worth it.

8 tablespoons (4 ounces) unsalted butter, plus additional for the ramekins

1/4 cup finely chopped shallots (from 2 medium)

1 1/2 pounds jumbo lump crab meat

4 ounces Madeira

4 cups Cream Sauce (recipe follows)

1/2 ounce (3 tablespoons) dry mustard

2 ounces finely chopped fresh dill

1 cup heavy cream

2 ounces ( 1/4 cup) Worcestershire sauce

4 cups button mushrooms, thinly sliced

Poached Lobster (recipe follows) or four 1 1/2-pound lobsters, steamed

1 cup (about 4 ounces) grated Parmesan cheese


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