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.
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.
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.
Lots and lots of onions and peppers for to give it flavor….
Plenty of bacon for good measure, because really, what can’t bacon cover and make better?
(I’ll give you a hint…this dish.)
Piled high with with cheese because well….bacon…cheese…. what could go wrong?
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.
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
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.
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 it really isn’t going to help, but if you’re hungry and impatient, you can try, hehe.
Learning to peel your own shrimp can be hard…and gross even.
But the success is so worth it. Even the shrimp will be smiling by the end. :)
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.
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.
If accidents do happen, make sure you have a big sister around to comfort you. They’re the best.
Princess shoes are optional, but highly recommended.
They entertain for hours, encourage sharing and trading….
And really, even the big kids will love them. ;)
Just keep an eye out for runaway jeeps and princesses.
Who knew that cats eating corn on the cobs was so popular?
Let me show you with some cat corn poetry….
Praying lap corn
Backward cat corn
Disbeliever cat corn
Invisible cat corn
And as a bonus….
I has a corm?