Thinking of shucking some oysters on Thursday in the name of romance and Valentine's Day? Great idea, at least if you wanted to romance me (although my husband just might object). The slurpy texture and mineral texture and non-filling effect of oysters is divine. Check out How to Shuck Oysters - I walk you through the process step-by-step. Have no idea how to serve them once they are shucked? Well, I have a few ideas for you: Simple and Delicious Oyster Sauces.
Not sure where to get good oysters? Check with a local fishmonger who can tell you where their oysters were harvested. I can't help but mention that if you're looking for a special gift oyster lovers will welcome the "Cupid's Package" from Taylor Shellfish Farms as part of their Valentine's Day celebration. Packages come with either 2 or 4 dozen oysters (6 or a dozen each of Totten Inlet Virginicas, Totten Inlet Pacifics, Kumamotos, and Olympias), an oyster knife, and a copy of "How to Eat an Oyster" a wonderfully bivalvophiliac essay by Jon Rowley.
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