East Coast Evening

Okay, there are no real recipes for today's blog.  But perhaps inspiration for a party or get-together of your own? I came home yesterday after a long day at work to a nice little surprised on my parents' end - they had purchased fresh oysters from one of our local grocery stores.  Ever since my parents first went to Boston, MA and ate oysters at the Union Oyster House (seen in the picture below), I have heard nothing but how much they want to go back and eat oysters.

Considering it isn't worth spending about $300 for a meal of oysters (as much as I'd give anything to go back to Boston), this seemed like the next best thing!  I personally had never eaten oysters before, but I like trying new things!  Plus, I love seafood, so it was kind of a no brainer that I would enjoy this.  My mom purchased a oyster shucking knife from Williams-Sonoma and my dad had at it on the oysters.  With a twist and swipe of the knife, the oysters were dead and ready to eat.  (I don't think I realized that they were living up until you broke open the shell...)

Quick Tip: When eating oysters at home, you typically have about three days until the oysters go bad, once shucked.  However, the sooner you eat them after the shucking, the better.  We ate them within 30 minutes of the at-home-shucking.

There IS a method to the oyster-eating-madness.  There are a few key ingredients, or condiments, to put on these puppies before sliding them into your watering mouth:

  1. Horseradish
  2. Tabasco sauce
  3. Cocktail sauce
  4. Lemon juice

Once the oyster is all pimped out the said toppings, slide it into your mouth - chew, swallow whole, do whatever your little beating heart desires.  But no matter what, ENJOY IT!

I realize that this is one food that a lot of people may be skeptical of....don't be!  They are so delicious.  Just close your eyes, light a "Sun & Sand" scented Yankee Candle, pop open a nice cold Sam Adams Summer Ale and envision sitting in Boston, the salty smell of the ocean whiffing beneath your nose.

I made a delicious caprese salad to go with this!  I guess this where I could give you a recipe...  You can make it as a thrown together salad or as little finger food bites.  This is for sure one of my favorite summer salads.  It is so stinking easy and tasty!

So whether or not you have been to Boston, or the East Coast for that matter, this is a GREAT idea for a summer get-together.  If you're into the whole decorating thing...throw up some anchors or flags, buoys, fishing nets, something!  Put on a Vampire Weekend CD and enjoy an iced cold beer!  I wish that I had a house on Nantucket so I could live this way...  Maybe one day...

Caprese Salad

tomatoes mozzarella cheese fresh basil balsamic vinaigrette dressing freshly ground pepper

Throw the ingredients together (or layer them tomato, basil, mozzarella) and drizzle with the balsamic dressing.  Grind pepper over the salad.