Forget the Calendar, Every Day is National Oyster Day!
|That's me slurping an oyster in 2010 at Taylor Shellfish Farms in Samish Bay, Whatcom County|
Photo courtesy Whatcom County Tourism
I'm a bit late in acknowledging that August 5 was National Oyster Day. According to legend, that 18th century cad Casanova dined on 50 of them each morning for breakfast. I'm not quite as keen on them as the C-Man was, am maybe good for only up to six -- usually enjoyed for lunch or dinner. And this week, I unknowingly indulged in the bivalve mollusks the day before National Oyster Day. Fortunately, where we live in Puget Sound (officially called the Salish Sea), seafood options are plentiful. Among my favorite local oysters are those from Taylor Shellfish Farms. Oh, yum!
|Oysters on the barby at Taylor Shellfish Farms at Samish Bay|
Several years ago I visited Taylor Shellfish Farms' operation in Samish Bay, just south of Bellingham, WA. Along with a few other travel and food writers, we enjoyed a picnic on the beach with oysters fresh from the sea. Plus those goofy looking geoducks (great photo ops!) and crab. In fact I even learned how to properly shuck an oyster. Farmer Bob was duly impressed.
|The table is set and ready for a lunch of fresh seafood, including oysters|
One of the things I brought home for Bob was The Joy of Oysters cookbook, written by Lori McKean and Bill Whitbeck ("A cookbook and guidebook for shucking, slurping and savoring nature's most perfect food."). It's a book he keeps referring to, especially one recipe in particular, which is below. Usually he serves the alleged aphrodisiacs with coleslaw, and when in season, fresh corn on the cob. What a summer treat!