Recipes and Stories

25 September 2015: Bonnie Gaster’s Perfect Fried Oysters

September 25, 2015

Tags: Oysters, Fried Oysters, Classic Southern Cooking, Bonnie Gaster, Tybee Island

Bonnie's Perfect Fried Oysters
Whenever I get the chance to spend time in good friend Bonnie Gaster’s Tybee Island kitchen (which isn’t often enough) I know that whatever we do will be a lot of fun and the results will taste fabulous. She’s a fabulous cook who does it with the kind of abandon that Julia Child admired and a keen natural palate that always keeps that abandon in good order. (more…)

24 December 2013: Christmas Eve Oyster Stew

December 24, 2013

Tags: Christmas Eve, Oysters, Oyster Stew, Fried Oysters, Southern Cooking, Historical Southern Cooking

Buttery oyster stew is not particularly photogenic, but it's awfully good to eat. Don't neglect to use plenty of butter: this is celebration food, for goodness sakes!
Nostalgia is a funny thing. Nothing stirs memories of the Christmases of my childhood more lucidly than Doris Day singing “Silver Bells.” Yet the memories conjured have nothing to do with city sidewalks, but of the rolling, red-clay fields and pastures of Grassy Pond, the farm community where we lived until I was ten.

There wasn’t one single silver bell, red and green blinking street light, or rushing shopper for miles. (more…)