Want to have people ask you what is in that special sauce? We are all used to regular cocktail sauce for our seafood. However, try this discerning dip for New England’s local seafood. Steam or poach shrimp from Maine, Lobster from Connecticut, and Oysters from Branford. A secret mélange of seemingly disparate ingredients come together with explosive flavor and seasonal panache. Use different berries throughout the summer to improvise with this distinctive recipe.

1 cup mayonnaise
4 tablespoons  strawberry jam
2 tablespoons black olive tapenade 
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 
4 teaspoons minced basil 
4 teaspoons minced chive 
Salt and pepper to taste 

Mix and enjoy.