“Please never make that hot yellow nasty stuff again”

Hominy skillet

Not every recipe is a winner. In fact, a good chunk of recipes really aren’t that great at all.

Sometimes that’s because they’re simply boring or bland or not that special.

Other times, though? It’s because they’re nasty.

What's the difference between Bush's white hominy maiz pozolero and golden yellow hominy

It all started with these innocent cans. I don’t even know why we had them or where we got them at this point. I don’t recall intentionally buying them because I’m not a huge fan of hominy. It had been years since I’d tried it, though, so maybe I had bought them on sale and wanted to compare kinds.

Cans of hominy to compare colors

Or maybe some evil friend of the family passed them on to us because -they- didn’t like them. Whatever the origination, they sat in our pantry for quite a while before I finally found a recipe that I thought would both use them up -and- cover any taste or texture issues I had with them.

Sauteed fried onions and peppers

Lots and lots of onions and peppers for to give it flavor…. 

Hominy fried in bacon grease

Plenty of bacon for good measure, because really, what can’t bacon cover and make better?

(I’ll give you a hint…this dish.)

Pile of hominy with cheese and bacon

Piled high with with cheese because well….bacon…cheese…. what could go wrong?


Blended until thoroughly cooked and almost disguised as the normal corn that we all love and enjoy. 
 Fried and then baked cheesy hominy casserole

Ultimately, no matter how it looked, it was not a favorite. In fact, on top of the poor texture and us all wishing we had stuck with only bacon and cheese, it was too hot for a couple of them. None of them could ever remember what it was called, but it went down in kitchen history as “that hot stuff you made that one time” or “that nasty thing you made that one time.”

As in, 2 years after the fact:

Me: Hey guys, what do you want for supper?
Them: Not that stuff you made that one time. ‘member? That hot yellow nasty stuff you made? I don’t want that.


How to host an amazing crawfish/shrimp boil party

Shrimp boil with corn on the cob, garlic, polish sausage, carrots.

Circa 2009 again.
I had never even heard of a “shrimp boil,” much less been to one. I wasn’t even sure what to expect, but whatever…it was a party invitation with new friends of the family and really, when have I ever turned down the chance at food?
If you don’t know what it is either, it’s often times with crawfish (crayfish? crawdads? craw daddies?) and is mostly associated with Louisiana or at the very least, the coast. Wikipedia is happy to explain more:
A boil is usually done in a large pot (60 to 80 quarts) fitted with a strainer and heated by propane. However, some traditionalists see no need for a strainer and make use of a net or a wire mesh scoop. Seasonings include crab boil packets, cayenne pepper, hot sauce, salt, lemons, and bay leaf. Ears of corn, new potatoes, onions, and heads of garlic are usually included in shrimp and crawfish boils. Some people will add smoked sausage links and/or mushrooms. (….) The contents of the pot are removed, drained, and then dumped onto a newspaper covered table. (…) Bottles of hot sauce, lemons and melted butter are usually available
I didn’t know any of this beforehand, so it was quite new for me. Watching the guys rip open ‘alcoholic beverage’ boxes and bags for the serving platter and dumping food everywhere was….well….spectacular.
I know it’s silly, but I love that! Nothing fancy. Nothing scheduled or concrete or any special way that something has to be eaten. Just dig in!
We learned lots that night actually, and the pictures will teach you about a great party way better than I can with words, so enjoy:
Family hanging out, playing cornhole, peeling shrimp
(Oops, sorry it’s blurry…old camera)
Friends and family are key. I don’t remember how many people were there, but everyone acted like they knew each other, even though some of us were clueless. A great party should feel like you’re hanging out in your PJs with family, even when it happens to be coworkers, too.

Boil master, watching the pot of shrimp and foodKids hanging out on swing

Seats should be aplenty, but musical chair should be encouraged. Adults and kids alike were all over the place, running about or playing games, but there was always a seat ready to be taken when feet needed a break.

Oh, and on the left, there, that’s the Boil Master. He’s in charge of manning the pot, making sure the ingredients go in at the right time, and keeping anxious fingers at bay.

Shrimp boil pot being dumped out on beer boxes
Potholders are key. The basket is hot and you don’t want to waste any time with burned fingers unless it’s from popping open shrimp!
Shrimp, corn, carrots, garlic being dumped onto torn up bags and beer boxes

Dump away!

Louisiana seafood boil dumped on spread out newspaper

It might look like there’s a helping hand involved there, but really, there’s just a line of people waiting to dig in and as soon as he backs up, they’ll crowd the table from all directions.

This is actually a picture from the second or third round, as evidenced by the carrots left behind from the previous go and a fresh batch going on top.

Blowing on pile of food from food party

Blowing on it really isn’t going to help, but if you’re hungry and impatient, you can try, hehe.

Child (N) peeling shrimp

Learning to peel your own shrimp can be hard…and gross even.

Kid learning how to devein and peel shrimp for the first timePeeled shrimp looking at you, rawr! :P

But the success is so worth it. Even the shrimp will be smiling by the end. :)

Bottles of condiments - Ketchup, ranch dressing, butter, etc, for seafood boil with cracks and Budweiser Light

Ketchup, ranch dressing, squeezable butter and crackers should all be arranged on your best pink kids’ table. The crackers are perfect for the whole garlic clovers that will melt in your mouth or to pair with the butter while you’re chomping at the bit, waiting for the next round to come out.

Little girl picking up bags for game of cornhole

Kids playing cornhole

Bags/corn hole can be a backyard blast, especially if you have little helpers in between. Horse-shoes could be fun, too, but watch out for little toes.

Older sister hugging and comforting younger sister who was hurt

If accidents do happen, make sure you have a big sister around to comfort you. They’re the best.

3 pairs of princess fake shoes

Princess shoes are optional, but highly recommended.

Little girls deciding over who gets which pair of shoesTrading princess sheos

They entertain for hours, encourage sharing and trading….

Man with yellow princess shoes heels

And really, even the big kids will love them. ;)

Kids playing with pink Barbie jeepPrincess running away from little boy

Just keep an eye out for runaway jeeps and princesses.

Kid climbing onto her mom's lap while she's playing the guitarLittle girl climbing onto her mom's lap while she's playing the guitar after a great party

And at the end of the night, when bellies are full and everyone’s happy, there’s nothing better than impromptu music and curling up on mama’s lap. If you choose to do them at the same time, though, your mileage may vary…. ;)

Cats eating people food – Corn on the cob, nom, nom, nom

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Who knew that cats eating corn on the cobs was so popular?

Let me show you with some cat corn poetry….

Cat sitting on someone's lap, eating corn on the cob

Praying lap corn

Bush holding a cat like he's eating corn on the cob

Backward cat corn

Cat eating corn on the cob

Floor corn

Cat  eating corn on the cob gif

More corn!

Cat  eating corn on the cob that has just been shucked

Raw corn

Life magazine cat  eating corn on the cob on a mount

Gnawed corn

Child and cat  eating corn on the cob

Shared corn

Two cats  eating corn on the cob

Haired corn!

Tshirt that says "why don't cats eat corn on the cob?" But they do!

Disbeliever cat corn

Cat jumping into the air with the caption "invisible corn on the cob"

Invisible cat corn

Cat licking corn on a papertowel

Clean corn.

Nom, nom, nom kitty eating corn

Mean corn.

Fluffy kitty eating corn off the grass

Outdoor corn

Kitten nomming food off a human's lap, holding the corn for him

Nominivore corn!

And as a bonus….

Hamster holding a piece of corn

I has a corm?