Category Archives: seafood

HOW TO SHUCK AN OYSTER

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Two and a half years ago, I made a promise to you to write about how to shuck an oyster. I am finally making good on that promise. Oysters are magnificent, magical, wonderful things – kind of like drugs but with no deleterious side effects or risk of physical addiction. I am not one to […]

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AN EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES: DUNGENESS CRAB STEAMED IN CHAMPAGNE AND BUTTER, WINTER FEASTS

Among my friends and family, a lot of seafood is consumed this time of year. It somehow feels light and celebratory while retaining the richness and decadence that is essential to December. And in California, it’s so much a part of the season – the Dungeness crab catch begins, generally, right around Thanksgiving. I can’t […]

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COMING BACK TO EARTH // GINGER SESAME HALIBUT WITH SPICY WATERMELON PICKLES

Montana has this habit of turning me inside out. Every year, it shakes me up, tosses me around, and gently leaves me at the side of the road, temporarily blinded, totally exhilarated, and questioning everything. I’ve tried to deconstruct why it has this power over me, but sometimes overthinking gets you nowhere. My point is, […]

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TUNA SANDWICH WITH COCONUT AND CILANTRO

I have long wanted to do a version of this sandwich here at The Year in Food. When I was in college, I was kind of obsessed with a version of this served at our school’s cafe. The ingredients are surprising and unexpected in a tuna sandwich: coconut, cilantro, walnuts and capers. It might sound […]

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Grilled Squid Salad

Grilled Squid Salad

If you can get someone else to do the dirty work for you (that is, the cleaning), squid is perhaps the simplest and least fussy seafood out there. And it requires only the briefest of cooking times – about 90 seconds to two minutes per side should do it. They taste like smoky, briny heaven […]

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