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Shellfish and Okra Gumbo

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Sometimes I struggle with a good opening line.  Today my progress is impeded by a really good episode of General Hospital.


I learned a thing or two about gumbo.  One is that you should start with a really dark roux, which explains why I had to sit on a stool and stir this goop for 20 minutes.  Goop being the roux, of course.


I also learned that gumbo with herbs used to be served on Good Friday and contains at least seven greens for good luck.  Not pictured:  parsley and scallions.


I still want to know where the tomatoes are, though.


It’s a good thing I love okra.  Let’s just say that I got Jake’s share too after he pushed them all aside.


Lucky for him there was some sausage too.


Another Comfort Food Fix from Ellie Krieger.

Eat Well and Savor.





Dan-Good Cioppino

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This is a great idea, in theory.  Just add some seafood to tomato soup.


In reality I think I failed on execution.  This is a Hungry Girl recipe.  She calls for 7 cups of creamy tomato soup.  I realize now that she probably doesn’t mean the Campbell’s concentrate that we all know and love, especially since there are no other liquids involved.


Just throw the soup in a crock pot with some clams, shrimp, crab, and scallops.  Don’t forget the garlic and the bay leaves.  Easy; right?  Between the wrong soup and the shrimp and scallops that turned to rubber after three hours in the crock pot, I found this pretty much inedible.  But my husband ate it.  Speaking of husbands, apparently that’s who Dan is, the husband of Lisa Lillien.

Eat Well and Savor.


Creamy Shrimp and Grits

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This recipe from Ellie Krieger and Comfort Food Fix, although creamy as promised, is missing one ingredient:  cheese.


You know I love my colors, so bear with me.


I actually took some liberties here.  EK calls for a red pepper, but I had some leftovers that I was very happy to use up.


Every time I peel and devein my own shrimp I swear I’m never going to do it again.


They seem very happy hanging out with their little crispy Canadian bacon friends, don’t they?


Unfortunately they had to evacuate the pan to make room for more colors.


Still beautiful after six minutes of sizzling.


So I already disclosed the lack of cheese and you should know that the rest of the grits are just water and 1% milk with only one tablespoon of butter.  I had to make an exception to my 400-calorie rule because this dish comes in at 510.  Still totally worth it, in my opinion.

Eat Well and Savor.







Chinese Corn and Crab Chowder

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Well, according to Ellie Krieger in Comfort Food Fix this is based on a Chinese recipe.  Frankly, I see Chinese corn and I think little baby corn on the cob.  If you think the same way then you’ll be sadly disappointed.


The soup itself was good and warming.  EK says to puree half the corn in order to add to the creaminess, without adding calories, of course.   One other little secret to make this luxurious:  add an egg.

All in all this was a nice light soup, which I needed after all of those holiday goodies.

Eat Well and Savor.

Oven-Fried Shrimp

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With Avocado Green Goddess Dipping Sauce.

And I should add with Light-And-Crisp Whole-Wheat Bread Crumbs.  That’s right; I made my own.  Making bread crumbs really requires very little effort and they are way more luxurious than the kind in the can.  In this case said crumbs are mixed with thyme and lemon zest, an inspired combo, in my opinion.

I would have loved to add some coconut.  I’m not so sure that would go with the green goddess, though.

I know you want to lick the screen.

These recipes come from Ellie Krieger and Comfort Food Fix, which means it comes in nicely at 270 calories.  Frying them in the oven is an excellent alternative to deep-frying.

Eat Well and Savor.