Oysters & Beer: A Perfect Pair

December 2, 2010

Oysters and Dixie

To be fair, oysters pair quite well with a number of alcoholic beverages. Champagne, riesling, stout. However, this was a dinner fit for a birthday boy, and given that the birthday boy wanted some nice Cajun food, we went for a nice Cajun beer with his appetizer.

Dixie beer has long been my favorite of beers. It’s one of those I’ve always had to search out, as only liquor stores with a large selection seem to carry the beer outside of New Orleans. During Katrina the brewery was damaged, and for a couple of years thereafter, there was no Dixie to be had. They eventually got up and running again, but not utilizing the original brewery. I’ll take what I can get after a two year dry spell, and it still holds the spot as my favorite beer, even if it comes from a different location.

For the oysters – well, we’re not on the Gulf here, so we went with a Pacific variety, Kumamoto oysters. They’re one of our favorites, with a briny, salty flavor that tastes as if they’ve just been plucked from the sea. Add a bit of horseradish and cocktail sauce, and you’re good to go!

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Oysters for the Half

October 3, 2010

Oysters on the Half Shell with Blanc de Blanc

Sunday is farmer’s market day, and it’s also football day. A quick bike ride in the morning can yield us veggies for the first half of the week, as well as breakfast and lunch. Case in point – 2 dozen oysters and a baguette. Make quick work of the shucking, and brunch is served for those 10 am kickoffs.

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