Archive | April, 2012

When I think BUTTER, I think Steamed Blue Crabs and Spicy Boiled Shrimp!

30 Apr

When I was a little girl, one of my memories of my Florida Granddaddy is when he’s do a crab boil for a family gathering. We put newspaper over the dining table and got out all the crab picking tools, usually just nutcrackers, while he filled the kitchen with the distinct smell of Old Bay seasoning and steaming blue crabs! The discussion would come up, about which kind of drawn butter each person would like. Some liked plain butter, some like butter with lemon juice, and one uncle prefers garlic butter! Here is what they look like before they are cooked:

And here is what they looked like when they are cooked:

We still continue this tradition with my aunts and uncles at Thanksgiving in Charleston, SC every year. Usually on Thursday, the traditional Thanksgiving, every one is still in route, traveling to arrive at the get-together so we do crabs and shrimp that day, later in the evening so everyone has time to arrive. Then we do Turkey Day on Friday, after the shoppers get back with all their goodies from Black Friday shopping.

My favorite food in LIFE is steamed Blue crabs and I always looked forward to our crazy family tradition of crabs at Thanksgiving! Personally I like MY BUTTER plain!

Uncle Mark also steams a bunch of Charleston fresh shrimp, too, for the ones who don’t like picking crabs. He got some really big ones last year!

Believe me, that was not all the butter we used! I think we had to reheat butter twice and went thru about a pound and a half for all 12 of us! There’s always a ton of laughing and a contest on who can clean crabs the best! A great time was had by all!

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Marley at 3 years old

19 Apr

Marley at 3 years old

19 Apr


Hi, Guys! GDerr’s “Relocation Director” here…LOL! Here’s the FINAL FINAL dates. The actual Allrecipes Get-together at the restaurant is Saturday, Sept 15th at  Hunt’s Restaurant in Panama City, at 11 – 11:30 am. DON’T BE LATE! The line winds all around the building by noon! They have all types of seafood & burgers…alligator, frog legs, oysters,shrimp, crabclaws… you name it! Casual dining, flip flops and shorts are preferred, a Florida experience!


VIEW FROM THE BALCONY! You have been cooking and baking all year! Time for a vacation!

There is so much to do in Panama City Beach that I have a room booked for a week. (Coming in Fri, Sept 14th, so we can have a night’s sleep before the Get-together the next morning!) All hubbys are WELCOME! Lots of fishing and man things to do! We most generally meet for an early dinner out at a restaurant during…

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