Oysters don’t have to be reserved for a special occasion or only enjoyed in a fine restaurant. They’re quite easy to prepare at home whether served raw or cooked. I’d also like to share with you a delectable, magical, fantastical sauce made from Hog Island’s hogwash recipe and my own little sumthin sumtthin on top. This preparation is absolutely the best way I’ve had oysters. Recipe and how to shuck video after the jump. I hope I’ve demystified making oysters at home for some 🙂
Here on the West Coast, Dungeness crab season is well under way. The crab season peaks at the start in December and runs through June. Here are more Dungeness Crab Season Facts.
Some people lament on how dry Dungeness crab meat can be, but they may not be doing it right. I’ve experimented with cooking live crab at home and I found the perfect method to yield totally cooked but very juicy meat. I prepared crab for a picnic party of 10 and made dipping sauces. The crab meat was so good on its own that no one used the sauces!
I bought the frozen mushroom ravioli bag from Trader Joe’s. I love the ravioli but I’m not a huge fan of the sauce. Easy fix – discard the sauce and cook the ravioli in butter then baked with fresh grated parmesan cheese. I also added dry aromatics – ground sage and italian seasoning mix. The result: crispy edges, soft bits of the mushroom filling, and a subtle but nice sage and italian flavor.
If you haven’t roasted a whole bird before, I would highly recommend starting with cornish game hens. They’re quite small, only about 16 oz. each, they cost about the same price as cut chicken breasts, and they make a beautiful presentation. Cook time is a little under an hour but it looks like you worked on these all day. 1 cornish game hen per person is just right. Here, I served with steamed chinese broccoli for a simple, yet elegant plate.
Ahhh The Oscars 2014 is upon us. I present to you cocktail accompaniments to each of the nine Best Picture Nominees. In essence, these are your nominees reincarnated as alcoholic drinks. For your consideration…