Smoking Gun: Cigar Smoked Oysters

Oh bivalves, how I love you! At least several times a year I proclaim my feelings in a public forum, today is no different. However, I am including accolades for the Smoking Gun, portable food smoker by PolyScience. Scouts honor they aren’t paying me anything for this post, this was actually a Christmas gift to […]

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Cornmeal Fried Oysters with Dijon Pear Sauce

Took a trip recently to Bivalvia – that mystical place so close to home yet so far away….. also known as Hood Canal. It was raining so hard this time that I couldn’t even snap a quick smartphone photo. Good news is that some of my most favorite snapshots are from the same location we […]

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Grill Steamed Mussels

Based on a Dods MacFarlane’s Mussels in Bag recipe in my copy of Sue Lawrence’s Scots Cooking book. I blog a lot about my Chinese/Vietnamese/Asian life but I am actually (surprise surprise) Scottish. I can’t say the Scots are world renowned per se for their vast cuisine but I am looking to add more of […]

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Welcome to Bivalvia: Shell Stories & Recipes

It’s been a Bivalve kind of week… harvesting, cooking, dining and photographing all the way from Madison to Ballard to Brinnon to Port Ludlow then home. Bivalvia is a class of marine and freshwater mollusks with bodies enclosed by a hinge. The family tree includes clams, oysters, mussels, scallops, and other shells. In an unplanned […]

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Peasy Squeezy Clams are Easy

Caprese Inspired Steamed Clams This is a definite go-to, easy, tasty dinner. Scale it up for many, scale it down for fewer. Or just eat more. Every time I make it there are variations, pretty hard to mess up though. I thought today I would pay attention to the inputs and share the resulting output. […]

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