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NYE Oysters with Classic Mignonette

NYE Oysters

This year (2013) has arguably been the biggest of my life. It didn’t come without challenges. The most important event of the year was, of course, having a baby. My Neko Rose is just shy of a year old. Sometimes I look at her, when she is in the bath giggling or concentrating on her blocks, and think: you’re one of us. It’s hard to imagine a little person so sassy and silly, with her daddy’s golden hair and her mama’s brown eyes, didn’t exist before this year. One day, I think and hope, I’ll be her best friend. And one day, perhaps her worst enemy. We’ll fight and we’ll cry. We’ll laugh and we’ll hug. Like all good relationships, ours will be complex, no doubt.

In 2013, we traveled to Nashville, Louisville, Dayton, Palm Springs, Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Lake Tahoe, and Denver. In 2013, O the Oprah Magazine wrote about the Pairings Box. So did Town & Country Weddings, Entrepreneur and PARADE Magazine. In 2013, Matt and I celebrated our four year wedding anniversary and the two year anniversary of the Pairings Box, the business we started together. I told him it would never happen. In 2013, after three months of maternity leave, I went back to work full-time and left my baby in the care of a nanny.

NYE Oysters with Classic Mignonette

In 2013, one of my best friends had a baby, and another moved to Seattle from Australia by way of the Bay Area. Another moved back to the Bay Area from New Zealand. Friends got engaged, married, broke up with boyfriends, had babies, moved, bought homes, and some drifted out of my life while others became ever more close.

I am not sure I’d change anything about the last year. I f’ing survived it. No, I owned it. I told myself that 2014 is going to be big. If 2013 was about keeping head above water, embracing a new identity while maintaining my old one, 2014 is my self-imposed year of change. I feel more powerful, more certain, and more me than I ever have before.

Stay tuned for big things here on Turntable Kitchen.

Healthy, happy, and safe NYE, everyone. 2014 is gonna be a good one.

NYE Oysters

Oysters with Classic Mignonette
Adapted from Little Paris Kitchen

For the Mignonette Sauce:

pinch of sugar
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
1 shallot, finely diced

In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, sugar, and salt. Mix in the chopped shallot.

For the oysters:

2 dozen fresh oysters (toss any opened ones)
plenty of ice
a serving tray
lemon slices
hot sauce

1. Generously cover a serving tray with ice and place it in the freezer while you shuck your oysters.

2. How to shuck an oyster: first thing’s first β€” protective gear. We like to wear a pair of rubber gloves when shucking, to protect our hands. You can also grab a tea towel. Hold the oyster in one hand (either gloved, or nuzzled into a folded tea towel). With the other hand, insert the tip of an oyster knife into the hinge. Rotate the blade to loosen the hinge then twist to open the shell. Slide the knife between the shells to separate them. Lift the top shell and remove any broken pieces without spilling the oyster’s juices. Use the knife to carefully detach the muscle from the bottom shell. Toss the top shell. Repeat with the rest of the oysters. Any oysters that smell fishy or in any way ‘off’ should be tossed.

3. To serve oysters: nuzzle them into the ice in your tray, being careful not to spill their juices. Serve with mignonette sauce, lemon slices, and hot sauce.

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Posted by Kasey

Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • Congrats on all your 2013 successes, Kasey!

  • Thanks, Aida! Happy 2014 to you guys. x

  • Happy new year Kasey! What a ride 2013 has been for you guys; I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for you all : )

  • chezus

    Happy New Year! I look forward to following along (and hopefully seeing) in 2014! Much love, happiness and adventure to you all.

  • Nicole

    I love oysters so much and yours are gorgeous. You really lived 2013 to the fullest! Wishing you, Matt and Neko the happiest 2014!

  • Kate Ramos

    Beautiful, beautiful, everything. Congratulations on (almost) surviving the first year and embracing the next. May 2014 be magnificent!

  • sara forte

    wonderfully written, my friend! Cheers to you and a fabulous year lived. I have enjoyed watching all these milestones via the internet. Hope 2014 surprises you in all the best ways. Love to you three!

  • Happy New Year to you, Kathryn! On to the next. πŸ™‚

  • HNY, Denise! I hope to see you more in 2014, too. Best to you and Lenny x.

  • I sure like to think so! A happiest 2014 to you as well! x

  • Thanks, Kate! The first year was not easy, but so well worth it. Cheers to 2014!

  • Thank you, friend! 2014 will be a big one for you and I wish you and Hugh so much goodness, love, and patience πŸ™‚ xo

  • WithStyleGrace

    so beautiful!

  • Thanks, Lisa! To a prosperous and HEALTHY 2014. x

  • Yesterday, I was flipping through my January 2013 calendar and saw your due date. It’s amazing that so much can change in a year! I really admire how you have maintained your identity while incorporating motherhood into itβ€”no easy feat, I’m sure.

  • It is so. insane. I can’t believe we’re about to celebrate N’s 1st birthday. I really appreciate the sweet words, K. We read Sparkle and Spin all the time, btw. xo

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