Twelve people, a six-month old who had had enough fun for the day, an ocean-front condo with seating for 5...hmmmm. No biggie - we could make it work! We dragged in the balcony table and chairs, covered both tables with wax-backed butcher paper (double layer) and threw all of the food on the table. Literally!
We used a big "turkey fryer" pot filled 2/3 with water and two packages of Zatarain's Crab and Shrimp Boil. Started it to boil and first put in a bag of clean new potatoes and let it go for 15 minutes or so...next went the frozen corn (24 pieces) and then, 5 minutes later, three pounds of sausage chunks. I prepped the 4 pounds of fresh shrimp purchased near the docks at Port Aransas by peeling, butterflying, and deveining (because my sister doesn't like to peel them and see the vein...so, like a good sister, I cleaned them for her). Once the shrimp were added, they were finished cooking in 3 minutes or less and everything smelled so incredibly delicious!
We melted 3 sticks of butter and placed in little ramekins around the table; my sister-in-law, Lana, mixed up 2 bowls of cocktail sauce and toasted two loaves of French bread. We put out a container of my homemade pasta salad and dinner was ready!
We carefully transported the extremely heavy boiling pot to the floor on top of towels, lifted the strainer basket up over the sink and let it drain. With a towel underneath, my oldest son transported it to the table and we tossed it down the middle of the two tables. One table got more potatoes and corn and the other table got the majority of shrimp (which, of course, we re-distributed!)...and everyone dug in.
People took turns holding the baby and eating and laughing...what a great time was had....the laughter, the jokes, the sounds of happy eating! Friends, family, and lots of joy all around the table. Anyone having room for dessert could nibble one of the "Beach Cookies" I made for the trip.
We finished the evening with the poker people (most of the people) playing a fun, albeit quite competitive, game of Texas Hold'em...which was, of course, a win for my sister-in-law Lana. She's just a little competitive!
A fun time was had by all - good times, good times.
|Sister-in-law Lana, big sister Cynthia, and their beautiful |
granddaughter Sarah Jewel.
Bon Appetit, Y'all!