Winter Bounty, Now Including Local Oysters

Saturday, March 10, 2012

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Winter Bounty Still Going Strong When Oysters Take Center Stage

Local Island Creek oysters with sweet and spicy mignonette for Saturday evening cocktail hour. Or whenever.

Yes, I am getting sick of writing about the winter farmers’ markets, which is why this is just a brief post. I’m certainly not getting sick of shopping at the markets, however, which has been an all-out game-changer to my winter habits. Do remember that there’s lots more than produce, too. Today I couldn’t resist getting some fresh eggs, some in blue laid from an Araucana chicken.) And, as if I wasn’t spoiled enough by the local lobster, I’m also now indulged by local Island Creek oysters.

Appropriately, my husband and I shucked oysters ourselves for the first time last week and I created a ravishing sweet and spicy mignonette for the occasion. Sure, you can go with traditional cocktail sauce, horseradish, and lemon, but why when this is quick to make, and so much better?

Spicy-Sweet Mignonette


  • 1/4 cup white wine or champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced shallot
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish
  • 1/8 teaspoon Sriracha (or to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon agave nectar
  • Grind of black pepper
  • Pinch or two of salt
  • Instructions

    Whisk all ingredients together and taste. Adjust seasonings to your preference.

    Thanks to the Cambridge winter farmers’ market, I’m seeing raw bar as the new Saturday evening cocktail-hour tradition in our home.

    Oysters in Winter

    And they taste just as wonderful enjoyed by the fire on a cold winter’s evening as they do beachside during the heat of the summer.

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