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Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Stracey Family Recipe for Seville Orange Marmalade




         Today is another milestone in the life of Chewing the Fat. This is our first guest post!  It's not, however, the first appearance of its authors, my dear "cousins", Sir John and Lady Martha Stracey.  The bakers among you likely swooned over Lady Martha's Austrian cookie recipes:  http://www.chewingthefat.us.com/2011/12/three-authentic-austrian-cookie-recipes.html which have received a staggering 2931 page views making the post the second most popular in our history.  Today, the Straceys share their family recipe for Seville Orange Marmalade.  But before we get to that, how, you may wonder, did I end up 'cousins' with anyone in the British Aristocracy? Here's the tale:

Monday, February 11, 2013

Cajun Spiced Shrimp over Cheese Grits and Bacon


  
         Grits are about as southern as my Aunt Charlotte. She hailed from Huntsville, Alabama and yet never lost a syllable of her Southern accent despite living in Canada for decades.  But for all her southernism, Aunt Charlotte never introduced us to grits. That happy event took place in the Hamptons and only quite recently. I am tempted to say grits were the glue of a New Year’s Day Brunch our friend David gives every year.  But using glue and grits in the same sentence just reinforces an old stereotype: that grits are more akin to wallpaper paste than to anything good to eat.  That is simply not true.  Good grits are smooth and creamy.  Grits are high in iron, extremely low in fat and have no cholesterol at all.  That can’t be said of what grits are flavored with.  Everything from butter to cheese, from bacon to gravy and country ham have found their way into warm bowls of grits.   They not only raise the fat count, these additions do terrific things for the flavor.  Unfortunately, I found this out the hard way:  My first bowl of grits was about as tasty as, well, wallpaper paste.  They were nothing like David’s.  So I set out to see if I could break the taste barrier with my next foray into grits.  And I am pleased to say, today’s recipe broke the bank. Creamy, cheddar-y grits, flecked with bits of crisp bacon were topped with Cajun-spiced Shrimp, shallots and parsley.  As my friend Judith would say they’re like ‘wrapping your mouth around a bite of the south.’