Friday, January 30, 2009


We were supposed to be celebrating my sister having her broken ankle free of a cast and boot. Instead, Karen and I celebrated her birthday (belated) with oyster hors d'oeuvres, only, we had to shuck them first. Now, I've never shucked an oyster and we prevailed upon friend, Jerry Baumgartner, to help us. He googled the instructions. Then, with much hilarity, we got the job done. (That's me wielding the big blade.) Jerry decided with the economy tanking he could now put Oyster Shucker on his resume. His tool box would be a bit heavy with a hammer, two pairs of pliers, a beer opener and an assortment of knives. (Jerry was absolutely indispensable.) After slurping them down with a bit of lemon, Tabasco and Lea & Perrins, we repaired to the Murphys Grill for steamed clams and a salad. Yum! The white wine was good, too.

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