Happy Little Cottages By The Sea

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

November 2013

Georgia Salt Marsh Oyster Stew

Recipe by Matthew Baldwin, Jepson Cafe

salt water marsh


6 tablespoons butter

1 cup leeks, chopped

1 1/2 cups celery, diced

1/2 cup onion, diced

1 bay leaf

1 spring of thyme

5 tablespoons flour

2 cups clam juice

1/2 cup white wine

2 cups water

1 1/2 cups diced red potatoes

1/2 cup heavy cream

24 freshly shucked Georgia oysters with liquor reserved

Kosher salt and white pepper to taste

Hot and Spicy Oyster Crackers


In a large stockpot over medium heat, saute leeks, celery and onion for two minutes until they become translucent.  Reduce heat to low and add flour.  Cook, stirring constantly, for two minutes.  Stir in clam juice, water, wine, bay leaf, thyme and potatoes.  Season with salt and pepper.  Simmer on medium low heat for 20 minutes, until potatoes are cooked through.  Add heavy cream and cook for 3-5 minutes (do not let mixture boil).  Stir in oysters with their liquor and remove from heat.  Fold in heavy cream.  Season to taste with salt and white pepper.  Serve with Hot and Spicy Oyster Crackers.


Hot and Spicy Oyster Creackers


1 (16 ounce) package oyster crackers

4 tablespoons butter, melted

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 tablespoon ground chipotle powder

1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

1/2 teaspoon granulated onion

1 teaspoon dried parsley flake



Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients and stir until oyster crackers are coated.  Spread evenly on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through.  Remove from the oven and all to cool completely.  Serves 6


Happy Thanksgiving From Mermaid Cottages

What if you could enjoy Oyster Dressing and Oyster Stew for Thanksgiving?  Well, you can!  We have several wonderful historic cottages available next week, so come on down and enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving from Mermaid Cottages!

Castaway Cottage circa 1955

We’ve even got last minute special pricing to make this a holiday deal you can’t pass up!  Book two nights in one of these cottages and we’ll add up to two additional nights at no charge!  And, we’ll also take an additional 10% your total rental (new reservations only, please)! …

The labs of mermaid cottages

We love our labs. Chocolate , yellow, black. We love them all. Yes we are crazy dog people. Updates on two of our special dogs. Knight is back at the guide dog foundation in smithtown,ny and starting his harness training. He has all the makings of successfully completely guide dog training. We are all keeping our fingers crossed!

Toby is the chocolate lab who was in the kill sheltar here in savannah. He had terrible manage and was a big rowdy teenage dog. Lots of energy and no one wanted to adopt him. Manage looks terrible but is very treatable. We pulled him from the sheltar and fostered him until the very kind folks at Florida Lab Rescue offered to find him a home! So we drove him to Florida and they will have him on their website and help him find his for ever home!

We love our labs!


Knight with his guide dog school trainer


The letter from the guide dog school


Toby riding to florida to meet the Florida lab rescue folks!