A couple of weeks ago when I was browsing Hog Island's Oyster Cookbook, I came across an interesting and truthful quote by food legend M.F.K. Fisher, "There are three kinds of oyster-eaters: those loose-minded sports who will eat anything, hot, cold, thin, thick, dead, or alive, as long as it is oyster; those who will only eat them raw and only raw; those who with equal severity eat them cooked and no other way." While I love oysters in any way, shape, or form, my mother only enjoys cooked oysters. What kind of oyster eater are you? Do you prefer fresh and cold or baked and savory?
Although some people may find it crazy, I celebrate my half birthday every year — hey, they don't call me PartySugar for nothing! Since a half birthday party should never be more elaborate than your real birthday, I'm hosting an intimate oyster picnic. A group of my closest friends will join me for an afternoon at the Hog Island Oyster Company Farm. The menu consists of all-you-can-eat fresh oysters and several dishes I'll be preparing in advance. A classic mignonette will be delicious spooned on top the oysters. A crisp salad complete with croutons, mushrooms, and arugula is a filling side. The farm has barbecues that are open to the public, so we'll grill up some simple cheese sandwiches.
Salty, garlicky potato chips provide crunch and round out the easy, portable, make-ahead menu. To check out these recipes, read more
I love the Hog Island Oyster Company - their oysters are delicious and their atmosphere spectacular. I'd love to recreate it all at home, but worry about handling, shucking and storing them. Fortunately for me, and for those of you interested in oysters, the new Hog Island Oyster Lover's Cookbook is a great primer to help us enjoy oysters at home. Starting with the history of the Hog Island Oyster Company, author Jairemarie Pomo covers everything from how to identify different oyster varieties to shucking safety & how-to. And, if that isn't enough, there's a great collection of 40 recipes - including Bobby Flay's Crispy Oysters with Mango Sauce and Red Horseradish, as well as the one for Hog Island's signature "Hogwash." To get the Hogwash recipe - and if you're not into oysters, this would actually be excellent on salads, sliced tomatoes or grilled fish - just read more