A Shucking Good Time

The catch up continues. Today’s post is a special Labor Day dinner.
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That morning while Korinne and I were out for our walk, these two hams rolled up their sleeves and waded into the pond to see what they could find.
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They dug a big bunch of quahogs and oysters. Ian was an oyster magnet, he was pulling up the biggest ones I’ve ever seen. We tucked their haul into a large metal bowl to chill out for the day.
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Later that afternoon, it was time to start prepping for dinner. The boys started by giving each shell a good scrub.
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How gorgeous are these little guys?
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I love all the blues and grays, the bumps and the grooves.
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When I was finally done oogling and snapping pictures, we took the lot inside to shuck them so we could finally eat up.
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Almost every time we’re on the Cape we have quahogs. Sometimes it’s raw cherry stones, sometimes Mary makes a big pot of clam chowder and sometimes, if we’re really lucky, Thom puts us to work in an assembly line to make stuffed quahogs.
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I have spent lots of time enjoying a glass of wine around this sink while someone scrapes and scoops and pops open shells. They’re some of my favorite Cape memories. Every once in a while I even get brave enough to slurp down a cherry stone.
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This time, we had them on the half shell as an appetizer.
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They were a big hit. And it was a fun last meal of our mini vacation.
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It was such a good getaway, and the perfect way to see off the summer.

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