Thursday, February 18, 2021

Baked Oysters from Shucked Apart by Barbara Ross #giveaway

LUCY BURDETTE: With our new fancy event schedule here at MLK, we don't always have space for all the guests we love to host. But I knew you'd hate to miss Barbara Ross with her brand new book, so she's here in my place today. She'll be giving away a copy of Shucked Apart to one lucky commenter. Welcome Barb!

BARBARA ROSS: My ninth Maine Clambake Mystery, Shucked Apart, takes place not in Busman’s Harbor, the usual setting for the books, but in the real town of Damariscotta. (Sorry about the murder, citizens of Damariscotta!) I was inspired to write this book while on a Damariscotta River Cruise. The tour takes you by the half dozen oyster farms on the river and explains the similarities and differences in how the oysters are grown, resulting in their differing tastes, textures, size, and appearance. Oyster farming is so fascinating (I know—take my word for it for now), I couldn’t wait to write about it. And, the subject gave my husband, who creates most of the recipes for my books, a whole new protein to work with.

These baked oysters are an excellent gateway preparation for those who, like my main character Julia, are reluctant to eat raw oysters. This recipe combines some of the elements of a classic mignonette with cheese for a tangy oyster experience.


12-16 oysters, shucked, drained, put back in the shell, and laid out on a baking sheet

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 Tablespoons sour cream

1 small or 1/2 large shallot

1 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed and finely minced

1 teaspoon wine vinegar

1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

grated parmesan cheese


Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.

Stir together the cream cheese, sour cream, shallot, jalapeno, wine vinegar, and cracked pepper. Fold in the shredded cheddar.

Put a heaping teaspoon of the cheese mixture on top of each oyster to cover.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Bake 8-10 minutes until cheese melts.

Serve immediately. Serves 3 to 4.

Shucked Apart releases February 23rd. Here’s the blurb.

The Snowden Family Clambake Company has a beloved reputation in Busman’s Harbor, Maine. Almost as famous is the sleuthing ability of proprietor Julia Snowden, which is why an oyster farmer seeks her out when she’s in trouble.

When Andie Greatorex is robbed of two buckets of oyster seed worth $35,000, she wonders if somebody’s trying to mussel her out of business. Could it be a rival oyster farmer, a steamed former employee, or a snooty summer resident who objects to her unsightly oyster cages floating on the beautiful Damariscotta River? There’s also a lobsterman who’s worried the farm’s expanding lease will encroach on his territory and Andie’s ex-partner, who may come to regret their split. Before Julia can make much headway in the investigation, Andie turns up dead, stabbed by a shucking knife. Now it’s up to Julia to set a trap for a cold and clammy killer . . .

Leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for Barbara's delicious new book!

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About Barb

Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries and the Jane Darrowfield Mysteries. Her books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel and have won the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. She lives in Portland, Maine. Readers can visit her website at


  1. All Caught up and awaiting new book.

  2. Those look amazing and I will have to try them! Thank you! Biszemom (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Thank you for the recipe for Baked Oysters. Sounds like a great way to fix oysters. Hubby will eat them any way you can sit them in front of him, including raw. I'm one that needs them cooked. I've saved this recipe to my Pinterest file and will be trying it.

    Love your books! Can't wait for the opportunity to read "Shucked Apart". It's been on my TBR list since you first told us about it. Thank you for the chance to win a copy! Shared and hoping to be the fortunate one selected.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. My husband loves them raw, too. But this recipe is a great alternative for those who don't. Good luck with the contest.

  4. That recipe looks delicious! Thank you!

  5. The perfect thing to eat while reading your new book.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

  6. Ohhh ... I'll have to try this recipe. don't like them raw, but do enjoy them in soups and dressing. Thanks for the chance to win a book! Heidi

  7. The recipe sounds delicious! I love oysters anyway but raw. I can’t wait to read Shucked Apart! Thanks for the chance to win a copy. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

  8. This sounds like a great series with an interesting theme!

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  9. I've never had oysters, there's not many places that have them here. But I love all seafood and I want to try them someday.

    1. Oysters are really having a moment right now.

  10. Welcome today. That is so cool that your husband helps you like this. Fun cover. This book sounds delightful.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

    1. Yes, thank goodness. We shared the cooking when our kids were growing up, but since then he has really become the primary cook and only grocery shopper in the family. Couldn't do it without him.

  11. What a great cover! That Oyster recipe looks delicious! Thanks for the chance to win! ladyofshalott03(at)yahoo(dot)com

  12. It looks and sounds like another great read.

  13. I’ve tried oysters cooked, raw, and smoked (canned). I’ve decided that, for me, the best way to eat oysters is raw on the half-shell. And I am looking forward to Julia’s next adventure!

  14. I love your books but as far as seafood goes, I only like fish. Everyone seems to enjoy it so much that I keep trying but it's just not for me.

  15. Not a fan of oysters, but I'd still love to win a copy of the book! Thanks for the chance. JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. I keep saying you don't need to like oysters to like the book!

  16. Hi Barbara! These oysters look delicious. Congrats on the new book!

  17. I won the first book Clammed up. Loved it so of course I immediately went and bought the next 7 in the series! I would love to win the latest book!

  18. My husband and daughter love oysters. Me? Not so much.
    But I will happily read about them!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

    1. Oyster farming is way more interesting than you'd think.

  19. Great series! Sounds like there's a lot of information on oysters in the book. Looking forward to reading the latest in the series.

  20. I really enjoy this series and your recipe looks fabulous, Barb! lola777_22 at hotmail dot com