Southern Bird Watching

One of my favorite set of tables in the house is this little set of nested tables near my back porch.

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This table holds a few of my favorite things to have on hand. A book on birdwatching, a scented candle, a pretty Lenox music box (the lid on top and the musical part on the middle table) It has a hummingbird sipping from a morning glory and it plays Vivaldi’s Allegro from The Four Seasons.

I also keep a pair of binoculars and my camera nearby, to catch a few bird pics.

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The birds have certainly been plentiful this winter. LOVE to watch them!

What would be yummy to have cooking on the stove while I’m watching the birds?

Today’s Lagniappe: Creole Shrimp and Grits

This will cure what ails ya!

  • 2  pounds  unpeeled, medium-size raw shrimp (26/30 count)
  • 1/4  cup  vegetable oil
  • 1/3  cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1  medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2  celery ribs, chopped
  • 1  medium-size green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2  garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1  (6-oz.) can tomato paste
  • 1  bay leaf
  • 2  teaspoons  Creole seasoning
  • 2  teaspoon  lemon juice
  • 1  teaspoon  Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 1/2  cups  milk
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • 1 1/2  cups  uncooked quick-cooking grits

1. Peel shrimp, reserving shells; devein shrimp. Bring shells and 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low, and cook 20 minutes. Pour shrimp broth through a colander over a large bowl, pressing shells with back of a spoon; discard shells.

2. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat; stir in flour, and cook, stirring constantly, until flour is caramel colored (about 8 to 10 minutes). Add onion and next 3 ingredients, and cook, stirring often, 5 to 7 minutes or until tender. Stir in 2 cups shrimp broth, tomato paste, and next 4 ingredients. Reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, 45 minutes. Add shrimp, and cook 10 minutes, stirring in 1/4 to 1/2 cup remaining shrimp broth to reach desired consistency.

3. Meanwhile, bring milk, 2 1/2 cups water, and salt to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Gradually stir in grits. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes or until thickened. Serve Creole Shrimp over grits.

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