Hoping that ya'll all had a very Merry Christmas! Mine was wonderful and I'd like to thank everyone who stopped by and sent me warm holiday greetings. I'd also like to say merci beaucoup to my new followers and if I have not been by to see you, yet, it's just because I've been very busy cooking for and celebrating Christmas. This is my 300th post and I'd like to celebrate by giving away an awesome Cajun cookbook. "Something to Talk About", compiled by The Junior League of Lafayette is chocked full of wonderful Cajun and Creole delights and takes you through each season, as we celebrate them, here in South Louisiana. To be eligible to win, just leave a comment on this post and tell me that you're a follower. The winner will be randomly selected on January 1st and announced shortly thereafter.
I am finalizing my menu for my New Year's Day, brunch buffet, but I just wanted to share a scrumptious dip recipe that I will be serving my guests, that I adapted from this cookbook. I will be using crawfish, but it also can be made with shrimp, and it is out of this world!
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup each onions, bell pepper, and celery, diced
1 tsp. crushed garlic
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. paprika
4 tbs.'s white wine
2 tbs.'s seafood stock or clam juice
Salt to taste
1 lb. cream cheese, cut into small pieces
1 1/2 lbs. peeled crawfish tails or peeled small shrimp
1/4 cup each fresh parsley and green onions, chopped
Melt butter in medium saucepan on medium high heat. Add onions, bell pepper, and celery and saute' for 5 minutes. Add Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, paprika, and garlic and stir well. Stir in white wine and seafood stock, and reduce heat to low. Add crawfish tails and salt and mix well and cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Gradually add cream cheese until melted, stirring often and cook for 5 minutes. Add green onions and parsley and a little more white wine if mixture is too thick. Transfer to a dip bowl and serve with pastry shells. Makes 2 quarts. Sinfully delicious! Enjoy!
I also have an award that I'd like to pass along to some of my favorite blog buddies who never fail to make me smile. Kitty @ The Block was kind enough to present me with the "Making Smiles on Faces" award. Thanks so much, Kitty, for including me on your list for this special award. Kitty is a Louisiana gal and talented writer who is now living on the East coast, and if you haven't visited her fabulous blog, you're in for a real treat! Since there are no strings attached to this award, I would like to pass it along to the following bloggers who always put a smile on my face and make me laugh. Please pay them a visit, when you have time, and tell them that I sent you! (in no particular order)
Congrats to all! Wishing you all a fun and fantastic week! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!