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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Frogmore Stew

Frogmore stew is a low country boil of sausage, shrimp, corn, red potatoes, onions and assorted cajun spices. It is certainly not a traditional Maine meal, but it serves as a pleasant counter point to the lobster feeds that are the more typical joint fare for we RVers in Maine. I had prepped all the ingredients yesterday to do it yesterday afternoon. The weather didn't really oblige. Today was just the opposite. It was so hot that we waited until the sun ducked behind the trees before I started cooking. I put a couple of gallons of water in the lobster pot/turkey fryer on the propane burner. I added three large onions, sliced and all of the spices. There were several Zatarian products, some Old Bay seasoning, a bit of Cayenne, some bay leaves bundled in cheese cloth, and the juice of four big lemons. When the water came to a boil, I added four pounds of red potatoes that I had scrubbed and quartered. Fifteen minutes later I added four pounds of smoked sausage (a la kielbasa) in one inch chunks and two dozen half ears of corn. When that had cooked for five minutes I added five pounds of raw shrimp and waited another five minutes. Then I turned everything off and let it rest for a few minutes and drained the basket. It served thirteen people generously and provided a few leftovers. Last night Skip and Donna Anderson put on a spaghetti supper for all of us. The scenery and sea breezes are great, but it is the camararderie that makes the RV lifestyle so pleasant.
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