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Oysters are a Kiss from the Ocean – How to Shuck an Oyster

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Question: Which of these foods are said to stir passion? An oyster, an avocado or a turnip?

Oysters you immediately say. But why? Maybe it’s the zinc in the oysters, maybe it’s the mythology that has become accepted as gospel, maybe it’s wishful thinking.

Increasingly, fishmongers play up the equivalent of a wine terrior.  Apparently the waters where the oysters are grown and the species all make a difference to the taste. Our fishmonger makes a point of letting us know the exact location of where our oysters are gathered and he recognizes their very distinct flavors from an almost melon-like sweetness, to a minerally brine.

Fishmonger MJ Gimbar describes oysters  as creamy and velvety. “It’s like a kiss from the ocean.”

Our oysters are fresh off the boat at $2.00 each on the half shell with a wonderful mignardise. If oysters aren’t for you, it seems that turnips are up for the challenge of inciting amorous tendencies! So if a half dozen oysters aren’t in the budget, you can get that aphrodisiac effect from a humble root vegetable.

Here’s how to shuck an oyster:

 

  • ·  Step 1

How to shuck an oyster step 1

Wiggle (don’t jab) the knife in from the hinge of the shell. Turn it like a key. Once you have leverage, you can pop off the top shell. Make sure the cup-side of the shell is on the bottom.

  • ·  Step 2

How to shuck an oyster step 2

Slide the knife along the top to severe the abductor, which is the muscle attached to the shell.

  • ·  Step 3

How to shuck an oyster step 3

Then slice along bottom, make sure you hold steady to preserve the liquor inside. Your oyster will now slide right off.

Come enjoy oysters at our beautiful Deerfield bed and breakfast located near Greenfield.

Wine and Canvas – a Couple’s Night for Valentine’s!

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Wine and Canvas was a west coast fun night phenomenon that has now come to western Massachusetts and the Deerfield Inn, amongst other venues.  It is a painting class with cocktails! Last night a professional artist led a group of couples in painting a canvas that joined up to make one large picture when they were done.

Some arrived dubious with their date, saying they had no talent, no idea how to hold a brush, had never painted anything, but Keely, Wine and Canvas art entertainer,  reassuringly gave them their canvas, brushes, and palette blobbed with paint and set them up at their easel. We offered a drink from the bar and a bite to eat, and the nailbiters began to be less anxious. Within minutes of making the first strokes they all began to relax and have fun! It was marvelous to see how the blank canvas turned into something you could hang with pride, and the date night couple’s picture was a wonderful idea. Look out for the next event near you by going to www.wineandcanvas.com