Sometimes we all just need a little spontaneity in our lives, and it was in this spirit that Jan and I decided to forgo our massive to-do list (we live in a charming but borderline decrepit old house) and head to the beach. It had been a while, and we needed it. With dog in tow we piled into the car and began the three hour drive to the coast before our morning caffeine had a chance to kick in. Continue reading
Salmon is one of our favorite fishes to consume, especially wild caught sockeye. It has such a wonderful flavor, so flaky and mild. It blends nicely with many toppings and we never seem to have left overs, darn it! It’s high in omega 3’s making it heart healthy as well. We’ve made it with pecan coating, teriyaki and many others, however this is one of my all time favorites. Continue reading
A few years ago I needed to whip up some last minute appetizers for Thanksgiving and in a burst of creativity and desperation I came up with these garlic shrimp cheesecake puffs. They were a big hit, so of course I promptly forgot about them. I’m not entirely certain that I even got to taste them, but vividly remember my brother-in-law raving about how good they were. Continue reading
Allons Manger! (Let’s Eat!)
I grew up about a twenty minute drive from the Gulf of Mexico, in a little Texas town so far southeast that it was practically southwestern Louisiana. Cajun influences abounded. The best parts of my childhood involved salty gulf waters where we caught blue crabs with string and chicken necks, played on the beach, and fished and fished and fished.
A Cajun uncle owned a shrimp boat, so seafood was plentiful and I grew up with an appreciation and strong opinion of what constituted a proper seafood gumbo. About three years ago I filmed a chef buddy of mine making his version of seafood gumbo, and although it was a little different than what I grew up with, it was and is incredibly delicious.
If you’re unfamiliar with gumbo you should know that although there is no definitive recipe (there are as many as there are Cajuns) there are authentic recipes (also as many as there are Cajuns) and this is as authentic as they come. I have since made my friend’s seafood gumbo at least ten or twelve times, and invite you to give it a try.
What’s Out There Wednesday
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The Gulf of Mexico restores us. Normally our minds are on a hundred different things, and as soon as our feet hit the beach we calm down and live in the moment, only aware of the sea gulls squawking and the tide moving in and out as we scour the sand below us for treasures washed up from distant shores. Walking on the beach in relative solitude ironically makes me feel more connected to everyone, maybe because the warm gulf waters connect to the rest of the world in some fashion. Continue reading