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Passionate Cooks, One Recipe at a Time

When All Romance E-books put out a submission call for recipes to include in their Passionate Cooks cookbook, I knew I had to submit my Aphrodisian Chargrilled Oyster recipe. I had played around with the standard sauce for chargrilled oysters until I found a mixture that made me happy. Not that the others didn’t make me happy, but when I found the combination of butter, herbs, and alcohol that made me grin I actually wrote down the recipe. That is saying something, because I sometimes don’t use a recipe.

But, this isn’t what these posts are going to be about. I downloaded the free cookbook. Now, I am going to cook from it.

Spoon resting in pot of onions, celery, carrots, and parsley.

Flour, butter, and veggies for the beginning of the soup done Creole style instead of how the recipe called for the addition of these ingredients.

Last night, in honor of Monday Night Football, I made Football Season Soup by Christine Columbus. First, I sort of goofed as I made it, but once I explain, I think you will understand. I live in the land of roux, that mixture of fat and flour that we brown to make a delicious base for gumbo. The first part of the Football Season Soup recipe started out like a roux, but I was supposed to add the liquid in the next step. However, I added my vegetables to the flour and butter mixture like any good Creole cook would do (not that I am Creole, but it rubs off on you down here in New Orleans). Whoops! I don’t think that made much of a difference.

But, the beer I had certainly made the soup very different. My choice was what I had in the fridge, which was an IPA, or a very hoppy brew. Not a good idea. I loved the creaminess of the cheese in the soup, but the bitter that came through from the IPA that I used ruined the flavor for my kids. I finished a whole bowl with my side of cornbread, but they only ate the cornbread.

My note to you when you make this recipe–choose a mild beer, like a pilsner. Don’t go the darker beer route. Overall, great flavors, easy to make, and perfect for a night watching football.

Aphrodisian Chargrilled Oysters for #Passionate Cooks (with Photos)

Passionate Cooks is a free cookbook from All Romance e-Books that features recipes from a whole bunch of romance authors. Obviously, writing isn’t the only thing that we put our passion into.

In the cookbook is my recipe for Aphrodisian Chargrilled Oysters. We usually gather a whole bunch of people with a sack full of oysters to eat raw and to cook over the open flame of the fire pit that my husband built at our fish camp in southern Mississippi. However, I had a hankering on a day when it was raining and when we couldn’t get to our camp. So….

I improvised, which is what you can do if you don’t have a grill. Here are some photos.


Spiced rum going into the sauce. Some people like wine, but I prefer the flavor of the rum.


We used upturned muffin tins to hold the oysters on the half-shell so that the natural liquor didn’t spill out before we added the sauce.


Here are the cooked oysters with Pecorino-Romano cheese sprinkled atop them. For the second and third batch, we left off the cheese. They were just as flavorful.



Many thanks to my sister, Isabeau Whistler, for the photos as I was frantically cooking!

Passionate Cooks and Aphrodisian Chargrilled Oysters

I am a country girl at heart.

I love being in the wilderness, surrounded by water, canoeing or kayaking my way past the wildlife in south Louisiana or coastal Mississippi. I love some Florida coastline, too, but that’s another story.

At our fish camp in the months without an R, we gather some friends, buy some beer, purchase a sack of oysters, and start the fire in the pit which my husband built for me.

We’re doing this to chargrill some oysters. It takes time for the men to shuck them, and I am such a girl when it comes to that. Men shuck while I get to eat a few raw before a tray of succulent oysters are ready to go onto the hot fire. When I first made the cooking sauce, I used wine as was called for in the recipe that I had found. Fine. Good. We ate them all, but I thought that some of the herbs used got in the way. Next time, I axed quite a few of the herbs and changed the wine to…

Well, you’ll just have to download the cookbook to find out. It’s available tomorrow from All Romance E-books. While you are waiting for it, go visit one of the other authors who has a recipe in the Passionate Cooks Cookbook.