Recipes and Stories

8 November 2017: Old-Fashioned Scalloped Oysters

November 8, 2017

Tags: Thanksgiving Dinner, Oysters, Scalloped Oysters, Family Traditions

Old-Fashioned Scalloped Oysters
Since fall is my favorite season for cooking, it shouldn’t take a mathematical genius to figure out that Thanksgiving is my favorite cook’s holiday. Normally, the second week in November would find me up to my elbows in planning—gathering recipes, happily mapping out every detail, stocking up on the basics.

And by the week of the feast, my kitchen is fragrant with a simmering broth pot, bubbling cranberry conserve, baking cheese straws, and toasting pecans. For the space of that week, no kitchen job—not even peeling brussels sprouts—seems tedious.

This year, however, my kitchen will be a lot quieter, not to mention less fragrant. (more…)

25 November 2014: Mastering Thanksgiving VII—The Oysters

November 25, 2014

Tags: Thanksgiving 2014, Thanksgiving Dinner, Scalloped Oysters, Classic Southern Cooking, Ruth Adams Bronz, Ramona Bernard

Lucy-Mama's Oysters, finished as Ruth does them in individual scallop shells.
One of the lovely things about Thanksgiving dinner is the way family traditions are perpetuated from generation to generation as we gather around that common table. Even lovelier is the way other traditions get adopted and shared as people come into our family and as we get absorbed into theirs, sometimes through legal ties but more often just because we love one another. (more…)