Friday, December 7, 2012

Pa's Oyster Stew

My Pa was an amaze man for a million reasons I barely new until after he died.  I have written about him often and think about him all the time but one thing that is a special memory for me is his Oyster Stew.  

As a general practice, Pa was not the cook in the family.  According to my mother he didn't even really man the grill all that often.  

He strengths were simply in other arenas.

One dish he cooked, and cooked well, was his oyster stew that he would make for us each Thanksgiving Day as we prepared the feast that was to come later that night.
He would combine the ingredients, stirring with gleaful pride in his accomplishment.  The smile on his face was infectious.

We would sit around my grandparents small kitchen table, hold hands and say a prayer then dig into Pa's delicious creation.

It is moments just like this one that I remember about this great legend.  To others he was decorated sports writer, a brilliant mind that could pull any high school athletic stat from decades past, and  gentleman who mentored so many now leaders of our great city.

To me, he was a man who silently, and ever so gracefully supported his family, with his beloved wife by his side raised three incredible children, threw snowballs with his grandchildren in the yard and taught us all the meaning of true love.

He was my Pa and I will forever be grateful for the 26 years I knew and loved this man!

When it comes to food and how he pertains to this blog, here is my Pa's contribution!  

I love you!

Pa's Oyster Stew

2 pints raw oysters
1 stick margarine
1 cup half and half
2 quarts milk
salt and pepper to taste
½ t. garlic salt
3 drops Tabasco
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Melt margarine in heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add raw oysters (cut in two if oysters are too large) and saut√© oysters until they begin to curl. 
Add remaining ingredients, stirring occasionally and heat over low to medium heat until hot. 
Serve with oyster crackers, and a dollop of
cocktail sauce, if desired.
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