Sunday, September 23, 2012

Low Country Boil

Last night we hosted our annual, okay it's only the second time we've done it, end of the summer low country boil. For those of you who are not from the south or have not lived here, a low country boil is a one pot wonder!

A bit of back story if you will. Once called Frogmore Stew, this one-pot wonder was created by a National Guardsman when he needed to cook a meal for 100 soldiers. Richard Gay, who learned the recipe from his family, had everyone remembering his stew. The dish was later named Frogmore, where Richard was from, by the guards who teased him about home. The postal service eliminated the name Frogmore, which changed this popular dish to Low Country boil.

Here's the setting for our party. Lovely, isn't it?

Start with a large pot.

Fill about half full of water. Throw in some lemon halves and crab and shrimp boil seasoning. Bring to a boil.

Add the rest of the ingredients, being careful to follow the timing in the recipe.

It's almost finished!

 Dump it on paper bags and dig in!

I didn't get a photo of the table after everyone helped themselves, I can tell you that there were three lonely shrimp left!

The morning after! This was just some of the empties!!
Thank goodness tomorrow is recycle day!

Low Country Boil

5 quarts water
3 or 4 lemons, cut in half
1 (3-ounce) bag of crab boil seasoning
4 pounds small red potatoes
2 pounds kielbasa or hot smoked link sausage, cut into 1½-inch pieces
6 ears of corn, halved (I used frozen.)
4 pounds large fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined optional
Cocktail sauce

Add potatoes to large pot, then add 5 quarts water and seasonings. Cover pot and heat to a rolling boil; cook 20 minutes. Add sausage; cook 10 minutes. Add corn, and and cook 7 minutes.
Add shrimp to stockpot; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Drain. Serve with cocktail sauce.

Serves 12

I also made corn muffins and had brownies and key lime tartlets for dessert.

What an easy way to through a party! There is very little work and clean up is a breeze. I actually got to visit with our guests instead of being stuck in the kitchen. Now that's my kind of party!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Our Wedding Weekend

It has been a while since I last posted, but we have had a busy couple of months. Our son, Jack, married last weekend and we had lots of wedding things to do. It was an incredible weekend and I want to share some photos marking the occasion. I hope you will indulge me.

Most of the 60 bags for our out of town guests.

Mother of the Groom dinner at Vic's on the River with my sister, Veeta and niece, Catherine.

Luncheon for Courtney and her bridesmaids at The Old Pink House.

Courtney and her mom, Dawn. Beautiful ladies!

Here's the only picture of food I took all weekend long! Of course it had to be dessert!

Rehearsal at the Chapel.

More rehearsing, with the proxy bride, Mary Claire.

                                                        Jack and Courtney

Rehearsal dinner at
10 Downing.

Courtney's borther, Chase and Chance.

The last family of
three picture.

I have the ring somewhere!

Jack and his dad, his best man.

Courtney is on the other side of the door.

Jack, Courtney, Dawn and Bruce, Courtney's parents.

Headed to the beach for photos.
The brides cake.

The grooms cake.

                                                                           Captian and Mrs. Jack Carr        

Their sweet ride!

And off they go!

Aruba, here they come!

It was a year in planning and over in such a short time, however the memories made will last a lifetime.

Congratulations Jack and Courtney! Welcome to the family!