Monday, May 24, 2010

Cajun Cookout Preview + The Latest on the Oil Spill

With Memorial Day right around the corner, I have been looking over my summer recipes and trying to put together a menu for our family barbeque. This is what I have, so far. Here is my favorite recipe for grilled shrimp. My Dad says that anything that tastes this good, should be declared sinful and be against the law! Cest bon, cher!


For the seafood lovers:

Grilled Shrimp with Bourbon Glaze

1 lb. (16- 20 count) large shrimp, peeled and diviened, w/ tails left on
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. minced garlic
3 tbs.'s butter, cut into pieces
1 tsb's. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs. Cajun seasoning
1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
Salt and Tabasco to taste
2 tbs.'s bourbon

Season shrimp with 1 tbs. Cajun seasoning, and set aside. In a 2 qt. saucepan, heat oil over medium heat, add the garlic and stir until golden. Remove from heat and add bourbon, Worcestershire and Tabasco. Light mixture with a long match to burn alcohol off. On low heat, add butter, gradually, until sauce forms. Add 1 tps. of Old Bay seasoning and salt. Brush shrimp with Bourbon glaze. Arrange shrimp in grill pan in a single layer. Grill on medium heat about 5 minutes on each side. Baste shrimp often. Fabulous! Serves 4

For the meat lovers:

(click on title for recipe)

Cajun Beer Can Chicken and

Grilled Beef Tenderloin w/ Mushroom Wine Sauce

And, of course, lots of delicious Cajun side dishes and appetizers and desserts!

Since I am having company for the weekend, arriving on Thurs., I also went to my fresh produce market and bought some fruits, veggies, and chili peppers.

We are rich in nature's bounty, right now, with all of the fresh fruits and veggies, and I will be posting some mouth-watering sides, so stay tuned!

The Latest

Our Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal, has had enough! He is going ahead with the dredging , and the building of sandbars, WITHOUT a permit from the government, that the state has been waiting on for two weeks, now! The whole thing is just getting bigger and bigger, and unless they can stop it soon, it will be coming to a beach near you, sooner or later!



Midlife Jobhunter said...

Interesting idea. Doesn't say what is needed to make this machine work, but certainly worth looking into.

Food looks delicious, as usual. Best go make dinner.

misti said...

I'm a seafood lover, and the bourbon shrimp look fabulous :)

JİVAGO said...

Bonjour dear Marguerite! Again a delicious post smelling perfect..I make barbeque,ofcourse with Turkish Rakı for drinking near steaks. I hope you know our famous rakı.If not, you can ask from a turkısh or greek market. It's realy a perfect alcol..Have a fun week!
Love and hugs.

Drick said...

now that's a mighty fine shrimp recipe Marguerite, just great and the tenderloin is a very familiar one that I do, almost identical ... sad, so sad about the oil, BP and LA...I know it's just a matter of time before it gets that way here and there is nothing BP or the government seems to be doing, BP is making up things as they go and our government is letting them do it.....

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

OK, now I'm hungry again!

Joanne said...

Your veggies are way ahead of us here. Growing season has just begun in New England. I put my tomato plants, eggplant, peppers and lettuce in the garden last week. Let the sun shine now :)

velva said...

That is an amazing shrimp recipe. I have to bookmark it. I am always on the hunt for great grilled shrimp recipes.

The oil spill (sigh)...What a tragedy.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Yay!!! Glad Bobby Jindal is taking charge!!! And those veggies and outdoor market look fabulous!!! Wow! Have a blast this coming weekend! Sounds like your guests are in for a real treat!! Cajun style, of course :-) Love you so much! Janine XO

John said...

Damn, your shrimps are the size of our lobsters!

The Good Cook said...

I say try anything to stop the well AND clean up the oil and let BP pay for it all - damn the costs!

Your food looks fabulous and now I am craving those delicious looking shrimps!

Lea Ann said...

I'm loving that shrimp recipe. Definitely on my menu for this weekend. I am so sickened over this oil spill. Just horrific for the wildlife.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Bobby Jindal deserves a plate of shrimps for his efforts plus one Cajun Waltz with you. Just one! LOL
As always you are making me feel extremely hungry with your recipies but alas I have no shrimps here so I will have to make do with a pork pie LOL. See you soon ~ Eddie

Kat said...

My husband's roots being on the Gulf Coast, we are outraged at the slow response by BP to clean up this spill and stop it!
Your recipes all sound so good. I love beer can chicken. It is my most favorite way to cook chicken. Have a nice weekend with your folks!

nanny said...

Your recipes look and sound wonderful!!!

Thanks for keeping us posted on the spill!

Night before last Diane Sawyer reported that other countries have offered their expertise and equipment to help and BP said thanks but no thanks......I cannot get over that statement. Tell everyone to bring it on if they can help..Just get it stopped!!! Such a sad waste of beautiful gulf, marshes, wildlife, sealife, coastal life,,,,makes my heart hurt!

Marguerite said...

Midlife- They know how to make it work, but what is needed is permission from BP! Our federal government needs to take charge and stop letting BP call the shots. Thanks, so glad you stopped by!

misti- Thanks, cher! This shrimp recipe is my all time favorite. Very simple, but so delicious! Hope you try it!

Jivago- Merci beaucoup for the sweet compliment, cher! I have never tried Raki, but it sounds good and I will have to look for it. Hope you have a fun week, too!

Drick- Thanks so much, glad you like it! It is divine! Added the Old Bay, after living in Maryland, and it really makes it pop!
Our government needs to take control, but again, it's all about money. If they take over, then BP won't pay for the clean-up.

Trish- Thanks, always happy to oblige!

Joanne- Sounds like you're all set for summer. Hope you get some sunshine, soon! Merci for coming by, cher!

California Girl said...

good for Kevin Costner and anyone else helping out right now. you have so many volunteers and working folk who are praying for the worst NOT to happen.

this is a crisis of such proportion I don't think Americans will ever go back to their non-chalance towards big govt. It's almost as if God sent us the Bank crisis, the Mining disaster in W.V. and the BP Oil Spill to say "When are you folks going to wake up to the facts?



oh, my goodness! what incredible veggies!!! but the shrimp!!!! be still my heart!!! but of course, that's louisiana for ya!!! and please set a place for me - i'll be right there!!!

so glad "our" louisiana govt is making a move on the gulf horror - have been trying to keep up with it without being overwhelmed!

have a fabulous holiday weekend, lady!!!

Leiah said...

Found you through Dee's place - so glad too. I'm just down the road from you. Following you now too!

Nancy said...

Thank you so much for the shrimp recipe, I can't wait to make it.

As for the machine - let's get it going! OMG, I am so disappointed in the government's response to this. As for BP - shove them out of the way and then charge them for whatever it costs. Talk about inept and stupid. That company personifies greed.

Marguerite said...

velva- Thanks for the nice compliment! Grilled shrimp are my favorite, too! Yes, it is. Thanks for coming by!

Janine- It's about time that someone does! Merci beaucoup, cher! I'm looking forward to it. Hope that yours is fun, too!

John- I grew up on shrimp, the size of steaks! My Mom's cousin had a trawling boat and he kept us stocked-up. Thanks for stopping by!

Good Cook- I totally agree with you! If they could stop the leak, then we could clean it up, but as it is now, it's a perpetual onslaught! Thanks, hope you try it!

Lea Ann- Thanks, so glad you like it! It won't disappoint! I know, it is horrible and to think that it could have been prevented!

Eddie- lol, I'd be happy to cook for him and waltz with him, anytime! Merci, my pleasure to tantalize you, cher! lol

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Sniffles and Smiles said...

Just stopping in to see my favorite Cajun!!! Love you so much, mon cher amie!!! ~Janine XO

Eddie Bluelights said...

I agree with Janine - just stopping to say "Howdy" to my favourite Cajun Gal in her red dancing boots - but such a tantilizing lady LOL Love it! Over to you, my sweet! LOL
I can see you having a little chuckle or maybe a wide grin LOL

Vagabonde said...

To look at your fabulous recipe, cela donne de l'appétit mon amie.

It's Just Dottie said...

You have a great blog. I really enjoyed reading it. I am a seafood lover and your recipes look heavenly. I want to cook them all.

Marguerite said...

Kat- It is ridiculous how long it has taken them to do anything! If they could just get it plugged- up.. Thanks, hope you have a great weekend, too, cher!

nanny- Hi and welcome to Cajun country! Thanks so much for your nice comment and for stopping by! You're welcome! It is so unbelievable that they have refused all of this help from other countries, when they need all the help they can get!

Cal. Girl- So good to see you! You would think that they would welcome any reprieve, but guess that would make them look like idiots! All three of these crisis were MAN MADE, and definitely NOT sent by God! But you are right about people needing to wake up!

GYPSY- Merci beaucoup, cher, you know that you are always welcome! It's about time that someone does! I understand how you feel. It all is very overwhelming! Hope you have a fabulous weekend, too!

Leiah- Hi and welcome! I'm so glad, too! It's always nice to meet another blogger from Cajun country! Thanks so much for stopping by, and for the follow!

Nancy- You're very welcome! Thanks, hope you enjoy them! I agree that their response has been absurd, and untimely. And as for BP, you summed it up well, for them!

Marguerite said...

aysegul- Merci beaucoup for your lovely comment and for stopping by!

Janine- Thanks so much, cher! It is so sweet of you to drop by, again!

Eddie- Merci, you are right about that! Chuckling away! :) lol

Vagabonde- Merci beaucoup for your sweet compliment, cher! So glad you like them! Cheers!

Dottie- Hi and welcome! I'm so happy that you stopped by and that you like the recipes. Thanks for your lovely comment!