Heaven In A Pot

Which is seriously what this recipe is.

Made a dish some time ago called “Low Country Shrimp Boil,” and it was truly to die for. I was eating it three days straight and not once did I tire of it! This nifty one on Pinterest is found on the Lemons For Lulu blog:

Low Country Shrimp Boil

I’ve never had clambake – in fact, having a real sand pit clambake is on my bucket list. But a few people have mentioned that this shrimp boil recipe tastes a lot like it (well, that or this recipe is simply a non-sand-pit version of clambake? I’ve never tried the traditional kind, so I wouldn’t know!)

At any rate, if you’re a seafood-lover, I think you’ll go nuts over this one.

Ready for salt n' pepper, butter and lemon

Ready for salt n’ pepper, butter and lemon

Let me stress, too, that it wouldn’t have tasted the same without the condiments I poured over it when it was done cooking! The recipe on Lemons For Lulu doesn’t list them in the ingredients, but at the end she suggests putting butter, salt, lemon, e.t.c. over the boil when it’s finished.
It’s totally fine if you leave the toppings off, if you’re averse to lemon and butter on your seafood, corn, and potatoes.

Seriously though folks – add the butter and lemon. You just gotta. Makes it ten times tastier than it already is. XD

What I did differently:
Not much, other than using less corn and cooking the potatoes for longer than it said to – just until they were soft, as that’s a no-brainer.

This was also my first time cooking with Old Bay seasoning which, even though it smelled great, I didn’t have a whole lot of faith in when it was one of the few ingredients involved in the dish. You Old Bay veterans are probably laughing at me, but it’s true! My thought was, “Just a couple ingredients? It’ll end up tasting bland.”
I’ve never been wronger in my life!

So give this one a try, it is positively exquisite.
Truly, I would make it during summer or winter, rain or shine, small crowd or large – it’s that good.

Sensational Summer Soup

Actually, it’s more like a chowder. ^^

I can’t believe it’s been this long since I’ve posted, and here I’ve let many a wonderful recipe go to waste! Well, no more (hopefully)!
Today’s official recipe title is “Avocado-Corn Chowder With Grilled Chicken.” It can be found on MyRecipes, but is in fact a Cooking Light recipe. I made the original from a huge Cooking Light book, and thankfully I was lucky enough to locate it online.
Link:
Avocado-Corn Chowder With Grilled Chicken

I assure you, it’s much better than it looks and sounds! The only people I can imagine not liking this are avocado-haters. I won’t even say that cold-soup-haters will necessarily dislike it, because my mom’s friend (who hates cold soup) thoroughly enjoyed it. 🙂 But you’ll have to try it and see for yourself.
Yes folks, it is a cold soup. Hope that doesn’t deter you, but seriously, a nice cold chowder is the best thing I can think to eat on a hot summer night.

The great thing about Cooking Light recipes is that they’re both tasty and healthier than your average recipe. Note I said “healthier,” not “healthy.” XD
I’m a big advocate of “healthy can be tasty,” and this chowder is just the thing to bring the point home. I’ve made it about three times now, and so far it’s been a success with everyone I’ve served it to.

The recipe is easy to follow and not crazy-expensive. On top of that, as I’ve said, it’s delicious. I don’t know what more you could ask for. 🙂

The veggies.

You’ll start with the vegetables, of course. I’m actually not a big fan of bell pepper, but I added it anyway to give the chowder a little color. I think even a bell-pepper-hater won’t mind it in this fix.

Chopped and ready.

Although the recipe calls for buying chicken and grilling it (after all, it does say “with grilled chicken” in the title…) I cheated and bought one of those already-made whole chickens you find in the deli section. Works better, in my opinion, but maybe that’s because I’m usually averse to any kind of chicken without skin and bones. XD

Finished product!

You’ll end up getting this fine specimen on your table if you check out the recipe! Trust me, it truly is way more delicious than it looks – and I think it looks very fine. 😉

Give it a whirl and enjoy!