Saturday, November 21, 2015

Grandma's Oyster Stew #SundaySupper

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First off let's say a big "Hi"  and thank you to Gallo Family Vineyards for sponsoring this post. 

I am soooooo excited  it is almost Turkey Day 

I have always loved Thanksgiving. It meant that family members, that we rarely got to see, would be coming to town. We would all get together at my Grandparents house.

I remember one year my Great Grandmother came from Iowa. She was the sweetest, kindest, most loving Grandma and kid could ever have! One night she snuck into the room I was sleeping in and told me that she couldn't sleep, so she climbed into bed with me, and we proceeded to talk and giggle all night long. I still miss her so much!

Then a couple of years ago I lost my Dad at Thanksgiving. It made it difficult for me to really be 100%. He was an awesome Dad and my biggest cheerleader. It was hard to celebrate without him.

Buuuuuttttttt this year a wonderful thing happened.

I became a grandparent to the most amazing, beautiful baby girl in the whole wide world. She fills my heart with so much joy sometimes I think I might just explode 

So this year I am hosting Thanksgiving at my house. The whole family will be here (My son, his girlfriend, her Mom and Dad and both sets of grandparents, Kevin and I, My son's father and his wife, and possibly my daughter and her girlfriend) it could end up being 16 people here, so it will be a bit crazy (uuhh hellooooooo it IS my house we are talking about), but I am so excited to start building new traditions with our precious little Kylee!

One of my Grandmothers traditions was to serve this oyster stew as a starter for the meal. I remember everyone sitting down at a hooooooomungus dining room table. That was when the wine would be brought out for the meal. She was very much into pairing, so she would instruct everyone on which wine to drink with what food. Maybe that is where I gained my love of wine, and finding the perfect dish to pair it with. 

Or my bossy side! 

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This year I have decided to serve Gallo Family Vineyard's Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio.


Well, first off, because they are my fave Gallo wines, but also because they both work well with a range of dishes. 

I would probably pair the Pinot Grigio with this stew because it is super delicioso with rich seafood types of yummies, like this stew  Howevs, the Pinot Noir cannot be ruled out. It works fantabulously with umami flavors (oohh lookie me getting all foodie), which is basically anything "earthy" like mushrooms, and goes with fish as well. I can tell you that if I am asked what wine I would most like to sip on its own, I would answer the Pinot Noir 100% of the time.

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There is one tradition that I started with my kids a few years ago. We each talk about something we are truly thankful for, and why we are thankful for it. I really think that, especially in today's world of immediate gratification, our kids can lose track of the things they should be thankful for, rather than focusing on what they don't have.

That first year my daughter wrote her letter to Santa and it said she didn't want anything for Christmas, she didn't need any more toys. She wanted him to take what he would be bringing to her, and give it to another little girl that didn't have anything  so that was the year we started a tradition of giving gifts to those people that were less fortunate.

Do you have any special family traditions? I would love to hear about them!

Oh, and BTDubs? I am pretty ding dang thankful for all of you 

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Grandma's Oyster Stew

Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
Grandma's Oyster Stew


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, fine chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white wine (I used the Gallo Pinot Grigio)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 16 ounces of oysters (I chopped mine)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I added a pinch more at the end because we like it spicy)
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • Fresh flat leaf parsley leaves, chopped (for garnish)
  • Oyster crackers (for garnish)
  • Loaf of crusty bread


  1. In a large saute pan, melt the 4 tablespoons butter. add the shallots, garlic, and celery and cook until they begin to soften, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle the flour over the veggies, and stir for 1 to 2 mins to cook off the flour taste. Whisk in white wine and cook for a minute or so, then stir in the milk, cream, and the liquid from the oysters. Season the mixture with salt (remember the oysters will be added and they are salty so go easy), cayenne, paprika, and white pepper.
  3. Bring the liquid up to a simmer. Simmer the liquid for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the oysters and ring the liquid back up to a simmer and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the oysters curl. Remove from the heat. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
  4. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with chopped parsley and oyster crackers.
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Total time: 30 mins.
Tags: soup, stew, oysters, holiday dining

Gallo Family Vineyards is committed to helping Meals on Wheels America to improve the health and quality of life for the seniors they serve. For the sixth year in a row, Gallo Family Vineyards invites Americans to help end senior hunger and isolation with our annual Every Cork Counts™ program. We’re donating $1 for every cork submitted through our website or snail mail. All Gallo Family fans have to do is snap a picture, or send their corks!

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Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

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  1. It really will be a special Thanksgiving for you and your family. Treasure each moment. Cheers!

    1. Yes I am so excited to be making new memories and traditions with the G-baby :)

  2. Oh, what a sweet photo of you and your grand baby!!! She is precious!!! And your oyster stew is something we use to have on Christmas Eve. LOVE it!

    1. Thanks Liz :) I can't believe how fast she is growing!!

  3. Love that your grandma was into wine pairings. My grandma would have had no clue! What a great tradition to make this recipe!

  4. Oh my goodness! I love the recipe, but I can't stop looking at your granddaughter's tiny, adorable face. :)

  5. Congrats on being a grandma! Oyster Stew is new to me. I never tried it.

  6. I've never had anything like this, but it sounds delicious and I would LOVE to try!

  7. This looks wonderful! What a party you'll be having! So fun!