Monday, February 23, 2009

MONDAY MUSING (MARDI GRAS - 'A BUTTERFLY OF WINTER') ~ FIERY LEMON CAJUN SHRIMP

"Carnival is a butterfly of winter whose last real flight of Mardi Gras forever ends his glory. Another season is the season of another butterfly, and the tattered, scattered, fragments of rainbow wings are in turn the record of his day."

~ Perry Young


~ Fragile Wings

( my garden and Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory)

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FIERY LEMON CAJUN SHRIMP
~ a delicious real New Orleans, peel & eat, treat
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1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
4 cloves minced garlic
2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary
3 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. Tabasco sauce
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 Tbsp. coarse cracked black pepper
1 tsp. sea salt
3 lbs. unpeeled large shrimp
2 thinly sliced lemons
French bread
  • Preheat oven to 400-degrees.
  • Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in garlic, rosemary, Worcestershire, Tabasco, and lemon juice. Add salt and pepper.
  • Pour half of sauce in bottom of large shallow baking dish. Layer with 1/2 of the shrimp and 1 thinly sliced lemon. Repeat with second layer of shrimp and remaining lemon slices. Pour remaining sauce over dish and bake, uncovered for 20-25 minutes, turning once halfway through, until shrimp turn pink.
  • Place in center of table (with bowls for discarded tails), offering plenty of French bread for dipping into the spicy sauce. (serves 6)

14 comments:

Roses and Lilacs said...

That is the most beautiful collage. I had no idea Mackinac Island had a butterfly conservatory. I would love to spend some time there.
Marnie

marmee said...

it is so nice to see all these exquisite winged creatures. i love going to the conservatories.
this recipe sounds so good.

Connie said...

Gorgeous butterfly photos! I can't help wishing they were all full size, to see all the lovely details.

Kerri said...

Thanks for this glorious collage, Joey. It's such a day brightener as I watch the blowing snow outdoors. We're having a frigid day with strong winds. Ugh!
My only regret is that your collage won't enlarge when clicked.
If only we could get good shrimp here, but if it's to be had I haven't found it yet. This dish sounds delightful.
I hope your weather is more pleasant than ours :)

joey said...

I hope you get to Mackinac Island some day, Marnie ... you'll love it there! Actually, there are 2 butterfly houses on the island :)

Thanks Marmee ~ butterflies are certainly fascinating creatures.

Hope you return for another visit, Connie ... I adjusted the collage and now it's HUGE!

Thanks Kerri ~ we're most fortunate to not only get wonderful seafood here but also finally experiencing a sunny day :) Please revisit ... the butterfies are now FREE!

Philip Bewley said...

Oh that shrimp sounds good. I love your poem and butterfly collage, too.
Best to you,
Philip

Karen - An Artists Garden said...

Fabulous :)
K
xox

joey said...

Hi Philip and big thanks! Did I tempt you?

Frances said...

Hi Joey, anything that begins with garlic and butter has to be good. The butterflies are lucious as the dish sounds too. I like that thought of this time of year being the final tattered butterfly of winter. We are ready for fresh ones!
Frances

david mcmahon said...

Hi Joey,

Thank you for the visit and the kind comment. Great images here and yes, I will try some of the recipes.

Really liked your shot of the snowman.....

Gail said...

Joey, What a delightful and beautiful poster. gail

joey said...

Thanks Karen :)

Ah yes, Frances ... butter & garlic! When teaching a children's cooking class, students teased me ... "You put garlic in everything ... except maybe cookies!"

Welcome David and thank you. Kudos on your well deserving ... 'blog of note'!

Thank you, Gail. Butterflies ... hope for spring!

Mike Moats said...

Hey Joey, you have a nice collection of crittrs here. Well done.

joey said...

Delighted to hear from you, Mike, and thank you ~ butterflies are beautiful creatures :)