A waitress for 16 years at the Fisherman's Friend Restaurant in Stonington, Maine, Diana Santospago (now the innkeeper at the Inn at Isle au Haut) spent night after night watching customers devour the restaurant's excellent seafood stew. Finally, she decided to create her own version. Diana poaches superfresh seafood in sweet butter, then steeps it in cream, recalling oyster stew. Amazing Seafood Recipes
The stew can be refrigerated overnight and gently reheated.
France's Côtes-du-Rhône is typically associated with red wines, but the region produces some surprisingly good whites, too, blended from a range of varieties including Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier and Clairette, which are terrific with this creamy stew.