"Oysters at the Hon Bar" Oil on panel 5" x 5" 2013
Jonathan Swift said: “He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.” True enough, and I thank him and his bravery, for he paved the way for a life time of enjoyment and fascination with these delicious creatures. Actually, it was my father who introduced me to oysters. Dad worked for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company and was a Legionnaire as well. It seemed to me growing up that, between September and April, he was always going to some sort of Bull and Oyster Roast. I remember vividly the day he handed me a rough shell with this slimy grey glob and bade me try it. At 10 years of age, I was up to the challenge, but with little guidance I just let it slip down without chewing and the whole culinary experience was lost on me. "Like having a bad cold" was probably my response. At 60, I have bushels under my belt. (Sadly, this is a literal statement.)
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