Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Real Cajun Boiled Crawfish & Shrimp - 2012 Blogger Get Togerther Part 1 of 3

Sunday was our 3rd annual Blogger Get Together on beautiful Lake Tellico.  Larry and Bev from Big Dude's Eclectic Ramblings were gracious enough to host this event again.  They always have a beautiful set up for all of us.  This event was the perfect way to kick-off summer!

My husband, A.J. was the chef this year and he completely "Wow-ed" us all with his boiled crawfish and shrimp.  So c'mon I'll take you around so you can see what was happening Sunday on the Lake.

These are the live mud bugs getting all clean and spiffed up so we can pinch their little tails off and eat 'em.

Only real rednecks Cajuns need a paddle to keep their vittles from trying to get away.

Our youngest homegirl, Kaitlin, was in charge of not letting them get away.

Looks like she caught another escapee!

A.J. has the water just about ready, so the live crawfish are moved to the basket.  After we squeezed about a dozen lemons into the seasoned water.  We put the lemons in with the live crawfish.  You can never have too much flavor.

He used one jar of crab boil to season the water, plus the lemons.

Chris from Nibble Me This and Dave from My Year on the Grill, cut up all the veggies.  The onions celery and garlic, add flavor to the water and they also soak up some of the seasoning and are delicious to eat.  We always keep these events balanced and healthy with fresh veggies!

We also included #1 red creamer potatoes, put everything in the basket.  We are just about ready to drop these in the boil.

There's chef A.J. now.  Looks like he's doing a quality check.

Here's Dave from My Year on the Grill.  Is he telling us about the big crawfish that almost got him?

On the left is Dave from Big Daddy Dave, in the middle is Penny from Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen and on the right is Laurie, Big Daddy Dave's wife.

Dave from My Year on the Grill, Sam from My Carolina Kitchen and Sam's BIL, Stuart...everyone is keeping an eye on that crazy Cajun!

Chris from Nibble Me This, he's happy because the prep work is done!

Larry from Big Dude's Eclectic Ramblings, he needs to cheer up!

Stay tuned for the final product, our educational program and a boat ride at dusk!

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Penny said...

What fun Katherine. You guys did an awesome job! It was great meeting you.

The JR said...

I've been wanting some good crawfish!

Big Dude said...

AJ definitely wowed me as did you as his able assistant. Nice shots and write up and I'm looking forward to parts 2 & 3. Mine will be up tomorrow. Bev and I had such a terrific time (as your shot indicates) and everyone else seemed to as well.

David said...

Katherine, Great photos, except for mine... That one happy photo of Larry is just perfect! AJ deserves every acolade he gets. Hard hot work = a great boil! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Please tell A.J. he's the best! He sure wowed everyone with his expertise with crawfish. A great time was had by all. I have some water ski pictures I'll send along to you as soon as I sort them out.

Thanks again for a fabulous feast. You guys rock.

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

What a feast, what a feast! Looking forward to parts 2 and 3. Came back and talked this up with the neighbors and may give this a try. Thanks again for all the work and such fun getting to know you both!

Dave and Jackie

Chris said...

You guys really killed this one, Katherine. I couldn't have been more impressed.