IN MY KITCHEN: Southern Shrimp Boil

I have always been a seafood lover, especially shrimp! This is an amazing and EASY way to cook for a crowd or just your family. Having a Shrimp Boil is just a great excuse to get together, eat great food, and enjoy great drinks with people you love! With warm weather finally arriving this year, this is a great meal to enjoy on a patio because its a bit mess, but all you have to do is throw some newspaper over an outdoor picnic table and you are good to go! Here is what is going on in my kitchen…

SOUTHERN SHRIMP BOIL.

SOUTHERN SHRIMP BOIL.

INGREDIENTS.

2-3 Pounds of Raw, Deveined, Shell on Shrimp

8 Red New Potatoes

3 Ears of Corn

Sausage (of your choice)

Old Bay Seasoning

Butter

DIRECTIONS.

Fill a large pot (I am talking VERY LARGE– this recipe works great in a turkey fryer, added bonus is there are very few dishes in this recipe!) with water and bring to a boil. Add a generous amount of Old Bay Seasoning to the water. Place whole Red New Potatoes in the boiling water and wait 7-8 minutes. Next, Cut the ears of corn in half and add the corn and wait 5 minutes. Next, slice up the sausage in 2 inch pieces and cook for another 8 minutes.

Take a ladle full of the boiling water and set it aside in a bowl with half a stick of butter.

Strain the shrimp boil mixture and place in a big bowl or right on the table with newspaper. Pour the butter mixture over top. Chop up some fresh parsley and sprinkle on the finished meal!

For homemade cocktail sauce for dipping: Mix a cup of ketchup with your preferred amount of horseradish! Homemade cocktail sauce is simple and delicious. So much better than the store bought stuff.

(this recipe will feel 4 hungry people with leftovers, if you are feeding more just double the recipe!)

Here are a few great pictures from our Kiawah Island Shrimp Boil!

Our fresh shrimp right from the boat that caught them!

Our fresh shrimp right from the boat that caught them!

The finished product!

The finished product!

Our table for the week, always full of wine, great food, family, and love!

Our table for the week, always full of wine, great food, family, and love!

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REINCARNATION: Bench Style Dining Room Tables

After this past Thanksgiving, I realized I love cooking for big crowds. There is nothing better than your loved ones gathered around one table enjoying food that you have cooked. David and I don’t have a dining room table, or really the space for one, but I am still dreaming about the day we have one! A lot of people don’t use their dining room because its too formal. I think that bench seating dining room tables are the perfect solution to this because they are casual and friendly for large family dinners. Here are some of my bench style dining room tables inspiration images and a few of my favorites you can add to your own space.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

If you want to add one of these amazing bench style dining room tables to your home, here are some of my favorite…

This is the Wells Extending Dining Room Table from Pottery Barn for $1699

This is the Wells Extending Dining Room Table from Pottery Barn for $1699

This is the Boerum Dining Table from West Elm for only $599

This is the Boerum Dining Table from West Elm for only $599

This is the Basque Honey 62" Bench dining room table from West Elm

This is the Basque Honey Bench dining room table from West Elm

This is the Sunpan Modern Porto 3 Piece dining set from Wayfair.com for $2,685

This is the Sunpan Modern Porto 3 Piece dining set from Wayfair.com for $2,685