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Grilled Cajun Shrimp

Cajun Shrimp

One of my favorite dishes in the world is New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp.  If you’ve never had it, you should know it isn’t really barbecued at all.  Rather, the shrimp are seasoned with herbs and spices and then cooked in compound butter and beer, amongst other things.  Served in the shell and with crusty bread, you’ll soon lose any sense of shame as you wolf down each spicy shrimp as quickly as you can peel them, no mind the sauce running down your arms (or chin).

These little lovelies are a bit different.  While I didn’t want anything swimming in butter on such a hot summer day, I did want that flavor.  And how can you go wrong with grilled shrimp?  So I tossed together a marinade with many of the star ingredients found in barbecue shrimp, skewered the lot, and then threw them on the grill.  The results, I must say, were delicious.  Though they really can’t be compared to the real thing, these were loaded with flavor and perfect for a hot summer night.  Crack open your favorite beer and enjoy!

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Savory Supper Pie

Next time you need something cozy for dinner, make this.  Pretentious?  No.  Delicious?  Oh yes.  Sauteed onions and leek with ground beef baked beneath a cheesy scone crust…doesn’t that just sound good on a bleary day?  My particular take on this little number was very much inspired by Nigella Lawson’s Supper Onion Pie, found in one of my favorite cookbooks, How to be a Domestic Goddess

One thought–I used ground beef because it was quick, easy, and on hand.  What would take this dish to the next level would most definitely be some braised beef, perhaps leftover from Beef Burguignon?  That would truly be amazing and I have a feeling I’ll be cooking up some extra beef with that in mind next time Julia’s famous recipe calls my name.

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