Grace Brosnahan, North Bay Shellfish

I still remember my Oceanography classes at Humboldt State University where I surprised myself by getting a minor in the subject.  I’m attracted to the ocean, I guess many of us are…but I come from Portuguese fisherman stock, so how is it I can retch just hearing people tell stories about being on the ocean?  The waves go up…and down…and up…burp…

So let’s move on to Oysters.  For many years I thought I didn’t like them — going out to dinner with people who scarfed them down raw and snotty — so it wasn’t until Leroy Zerling barbequed some up with his special sauce that I found that I just love oysters.  Especially those small Kumos, I’ve been know to eat a dozen or so at a setting.

Now there are many oyster companies operating on Humboldt Bay and I’ve only had the opportunity to talk to a few of the owners, but Grace Brosnahan I’ve known for years!  but never realized she was married to an oyster-man.  Now you know who I’m going to for my next sack of Kumos!

Check out the website and listen to the interview.

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Louise’s Gourmet Seasoned Finishing Salts

I really like salt and recently have gotten into making my own herb infused salts at home.  I have the herbs on hand in my garden and let’s face it, I’m a food geek — so any opportunity to make something with some added zip at home, I’m completely on board.  But…for those of you who would like to buy a locally made finishing salt, Louise has been packaging some delicious blends in her home kitchen.  Check out Louise’s Facebook Site, and give the interview a listen!  

Daniel Draskinis, Gold Nugget Ghee

Talking with Daniel Draskinis I found out I needed a little hipness infusion.  Apparently young hipster professionals have been drinking up “bulletproof coffee” and I’ve never heard of it.  A little ghee in your coffee?  I guess so!  Apparently it helps the gray matter retain factoids — sort of makes sense — the brain is a big fatty deposit with occasional bouts of thought…maybe mine could use a boost too!

But putting ghee in my coffee?  It certainly doesn’t hurt that Daniel makes a chocolate ghee, why yes!  I think I will!  Daniel gave me a jar of ghee and next morning I scooped some into my coffee.  For those of you who say…as I did…won’t it be a little creepy to have an oil slick on my coffee?  It really didn’t bother me, it was in fact pretty darned tasty — and I did feel much more articulate and smarterer when I finished it (I did that for you!).

Daniel is whipping up gigantic batches — well, gigantic compared to things I do in my kitchen, he’s still small batch compared to the mega-corporations. If you want to know how much is in a batch I guess you’ll have to listen to the interviews — so much good stuff there are 2 parts!  You can also check out his website.

Part 1

Part 2