Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Cajun Delights Blogiversary Blowout !

When one of my readers emailed me and told me that I missed my blogiversary, my one year of blogging, anniversary, I had to go back to my welcome post and check the date! Sure enough, it was August 1, 2008'! Wow, how time flies when you're having fun. It's been a whirlwind of a year and somehow I've managed to post 135 times, which is a miracle, in itself, considering my work schedule. Lots of coffee, and I do mean lots of strong Community, plus the encouragement of my wonderful bloggie friends, is how I did it. I would like to thank each and everyone of you for taking the time to visit and support through your kind comments. Your friendship and support is appreciated more than you could ever know! Merci beaucoup! In fact, this calls for a celebration!

I'm going out- on- the- town, tonight with a few girl-friends, and that will be a another post, but for now I'm posting my favorite recipe and video of the whole year. I will have a frozen daiquiri or two for ya'll! Cheers !!! Let the Good Times Roll, cher!

Creole Shrimp and Okra Gumbo

2 lbs. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 carton oysters, with liquid
4 tbs.'s vegetable oil
4 tbs.'s flour
1 cup each, onions, bell peppers, and celery
1 lb. fresh okra, sliced
2 tbs.'s olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can chopped creole tomatoes, drained
2 quarts of seafood stock or water
1 tbs. vinegar
1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
2 tbs. creole seasoning
3 bay leaves
1/2 cup each, chopped green onions and fresh parsley
Salt and hot sauce to taste

Season shrimp with the creole seasoning and set aside. In a large heavy pot, on medium heat, make a light roux with the flour and vegetable oil. Stir constantly until roux becomes golden brown. (about 10 minutes) Lower heat and add the onions, bell peppers, and celery, and stir for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and garlic, and cook for 10 more minutes. Slowly add the warm stock or water, oyster liquid, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, and hot sauce, and simmer for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, saute the okra in the olive oil and vinegar, in large skillet for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the seasoned shrimp and okra to the gumbo pot and bring to a boil , lower heat and cook for 10 more minutes. Add the oysters, green onions, and parsley and simmer for 10 more minutes. Bon Appetit!


Here's a little clip that I took at Whiskey River Landing in Henderson. More Cajun fun on the swamp ( almost got knocked down taking this one)


Living on the Spit said...

Happy Blogging for One Year!!! Here's to many more!

Eddie said...
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Mandy said...

Congrats on your anniversary! That's wonderful! Please have a daquiri for me. I miss those sooo much! Oh and I really miss Community coffee too. There's just none quite like it, is there? Have fun on your girls outing.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Congrats on the anniversary. I'm printing out your recipes. Party well!

Irish Gumbo said...

Happy Anniversary, my dear! Whoo-wee, when you said I might could use some gumbo, I didn't realize that shrimp and okra gumbo was waiting for me here! Mmm, mmm...say, do you have a boyfriend? (wink)

Marguerite said...

Marlene- Thanks for your good wishes, cher! Hope you are enjoying yourself. Cheers (clink) back to you!

Mandy- Merci, cher! And I did have one for you! You can order the "Fat Tuesday" mixes to make them yourself. (N.O. Daiquiris.com) Also, you can order the Community coffee. (click on banner at the bottom of my blog)

Midlife- Welcome and thanks so much for visiting. Glad that you like the recipes. Most have been passed down. We had a blast!

Irish- I'm going to be having a gumbo cook-off, soon. I hope that you're ready. Ocean City, here I come!

K. said...

Congrats! And great blog -- I've added to my roll.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on Just A Song. That was some story about Patricia Morison.

Katherine Aucoin said...

Happy Blogiversary and Cher, that is some fine looking gumbo!!!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Happy first year anniversary and you are very productive at 135 posts.
Enjoy coming to your place very much and I always hope to see you waving to me in the crowd and blowing a little kiss, or are you always behind the camera ~ Eddie

Elizabeth Bradley said...

Lordy mercy, it's no wonder your blog is so popular! Featuring entertainment and all that wonderful Cajun Food! We are DRAWN here like moths to a flame. I will be thinking about those daiquiris, ;-]

Katherine Aucoin said...

Nothing says it's Saturday morning than being at Fred's.

Thanks for the video...you know how to make a simple Cajun girl feel special!

Marguerite said...

K.- Welcome to Cajun Country and thanks so much for visiting and adding me to your blog roll. I just love your blog and all of the great music and yes, that was quite a story!

Katherine- Merci for the good wishes and compliments, cher! So glad you liked the video. I keep saying that I'm going to make it to Fred's, soon but 8:30 a.m.!? lol

Eddie- Thanks for your kind comments. I really enjoy your blog, too. I am mostly behind the camera, but occasionally I am dancing in the crowd, in some of the festival videos. Cheers!

Elizabeth- Thank you so much for the flattering compliments, cher! I was just thinking about you earlier, when I made a batch of Banana Coladas. Wish you were here!

Nancy said...

Congrats on your one-year anniversary. We are all very lucky you decided to blog, that's for sure!