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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Kicking up My Cooking a Notch... Creole And Cajun

I have been disappointed with some of my homemade dishes it seems there isn't as much flavor in some as what I want. I started to try to figure out what is missing. I found a website called Gumbo Pages that is full of Creole and Cajun recipes that emphasizes homemade stocks and I just started to read. One that caught me eye was a shrimp stock--can't wait to make that. We have a good sale on shrimp this week and Hubby was a bit complainy that the sale shrimp require cleaning. I thought well there must be some good that could come of the process--yup!! Use the shells and heads for making stock! YUM! I can already smell and taste it in my mind. All week customers at the grocery store have been brining these padded paper boxes full of steamed shrimp to the check out. Our store will steam them for you if you ask, while you shop. It just smells so good! I am imagining that flavor added to a bit pot of meat and shrimp and tomatoes and rice.... and just all kinds of layers of delciousness. I found this recipe for Shrimp Creole I thought now that would be a perfect meal for one of the days we are in Florida during Christmas. I could bring along most of the ingredients already prepped and get the fresh gulf shrimp at my inlaw's house. They use fresh shrimp for bait down there if you can believe it! We can't even get it--and they toss it to fish!

Always there is something new to try and learn in life! I can't wait to delve into making a big pot of shrimp stock. What a smell there will be in the house, mmmmmmm.

2 comments:

  1. One thing..if you are looking for flavor..the Cajuns know how to give it to you! You should love it! (my husband is a Louisianian)!

    Always something new to learn...have you tried sourdough bread??? I did a post about my sourdough starter I got some mixed up last night...and I am going through the long process of letting it ferment, then will make some breads! Care to join me in making some?????

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  2. Hi Julie--I saw your post, I like sourdough bread, Hubby doesn't. So I don't make it but just get a little bit now and then.

    He seems to taste something there differently than I do.

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