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!


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.