Greg Dale, Coast Seafoods Oysters

To listen to Part 1 of a 2 part interview with Greg Dale from Coast Seafoods click here

To listen to Part 2, click here.

Check out the Coast Seafood website

These are three recipes for Oyster Stew that Greg Dale says are fantastic!  I promise to cook each one of these in the next year — because they do sound delicious…

Timeless Oyster Stew

This is the way oyster stew was originally made– simple ingredients, complex flavor.  I got the basic idea from a cookbook written in the 1800s.  It is so delicious that I was blown away!  No wonder oyster stew is timeless.

1 pt shucked oysters or about 2 dozen in the shell

1 pt heavy cream

4 Tbl butter

pepper and mace to taste

Strain the oysters, and reserve the liquor.  Or shuck the oysters into a bowl with their liquor, and then strain and reserve the liquor.  Rinse and check oysters for bits of shell.  Place oyster liquor and oysters together in a pot.  Heat until boiling, and then cook oysters for five minutes.  Add cream and butter.  Slowly heat until you see the first bubble to indicate boiling.  Remove from heat.  Serve each bowl of stew with pepper and a sprinkling of mace.

Oysters Rockefeller Soup

4 ounces bacon

1 Tbl butter

1/2 cut finely chopped onions


white pepper

2 tsp chopped garlic

2 cups heavy cream

2 doz. freshly shucked oysters, with their liquor

4 cups fresh spinach, cleaned, stemmed and chopped

hot sauce

worchester sauce

In a sauce pan, over medium heat, render the bacon until crispy, about 8 minutes.  Remove and drain on paper towels.  Set aside.  In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter.  Add the onions.  Saute for 30 seconds.  Stir in the heavy creatand bring to simmer.  Add 2 dox oysters with their liquor.  cook for 4 minutes.  Add the spinach and continue to cook for 2 minutes.  Using a hand-held blender, puree the soup until smooth.  Season with salt and pepper.  Reduce the heat to low and keep warm.  Before serving season the soup with hot sauce and worchestershire sauce.  To serve, ladle the soup into individual bowls and garnish with bacon.

Oyster Stew

1 qt oysters cut into bite size pieces

1 cup water

1 Tbl celery salt

1 1/2 Tbl garlic powder/granular

1 tsp white pepper

1 tsp msg

1 tsp salt

1/2 cube butter

1 qt half & half or canned milk

1 pt 2% milk

Cook everything except butter, half and half and milk to parboil.  Strain oysters, add back nectar partially to taste, add milk butter and warm slowly.

Beth Dominick, CCOF Inspector

Beth Dominick joined us in the studio for a 3 part interview about organic food labeling and inspection —

To listen to

Part 1 of the interview click here.

For Part 2, click here.

For Part 3, click here

Check out the CCOF Website here

Organic Matters Farm

Johnny Gary with Organic Matters reviewed some insight into the world of pastured pork – listen here!

Johnny Gary and Heather Plaza are the owners of Organic Matters Farm — you may remember them from their previous farm – G Farm.  Organic Matters is located in the Humboldt Bay Region near Indianola — to hear an interview with Johnny and Heather, click here.

To reach Organic Matters Farm

John Gary and Heather Plaza
6743 Myrtle Ave
Eureka, CA, 95503
(707) 407-FARM


Mary Margaret Smith, Winsmuir Farm Organic Cranberries

Mary Margaret Smith and her husband raise organic cranberries in their small bog in southern Oregon.  You might find her at the Saturday Farmers Market in the fall — to hear an interview, click here

To find out more about Winsmuir Farm Organic Cranberries, go to their website

Garrett Brinton, Beekeeper

Garrett Brinton manages 40 honeybee colonies located in Bayside, Jacoby Creek, Trinidad, Westhaven, Hoopa and Redway, producing local honey without the use of antibiotics or chemical mite treatments.  To listen click here— if you would like to take his beekeeping course, contact HSU Extended Education for information (707) 826-3731:


Book Recommendations

This is a list of books that I have found enjoyable and useful — let me know if there are any recommendations you have for me too —

Last First Title
Aaron Chester Garlic Kisses
Bourette Susan Meat: A Love Story
Brantley Chip The Perfect Fruit
Fisher MFK Long Ago in France
Fisher MFK The Art of Eating
Fleischman Paul Seed Folks
Kamp David The United States of Arugula
Kingsolver Barbara High Tides in Tucson
Kingsolver Barbara Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Kurlansky Mark Salt
Kurlansky Mark Cod
Moore-Lappe Francis Diet for a Small Planet
Moore-Lappe Francis Getting a Grip
Masumoto David Mas Epitaph for a Peach
Nabhan Gary Paul Coming Home to Eat
Petrini Carlo Slow Food
Petrini Carlo Slow Food Revolution
Petrini Carlo Slow Food Nation
Pollan Michael In Defense of Food
Pollan Michael Food Rules
Pollan Michael Botany of Desire
Pollan Michael Omnivores Dilemma
Pollan Michael Second Nature
Schlosser Eric Fast Food Nation
Smith Alisa and JB MacKinnon Plenty
Silvertown Johnathan An Orchard Invisible
Stewart Amy The Earth Moved
Stewart Amy From the Ground Up
Tanner Eddie The Humboldt Kitchen Gardener