Seasonal Sundays: It's a Shrimp Fest! (Week 8)

... and I brought recipes and you're invited! This week's "Seasonal Seven" recipe collection is for shrimp lovers and busy cooks and healthy eaters and ... ... ... I so hope you'll find one or two recipes destined as "keepers" in your own recipe collections.

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So what's fish but not fish? Shrimp! Easy to find. A touch on the pricey side but handy to put in the freezer to thaw on a whim, thereby avoiding some more-than-pricey barely warm carryout somewhere.

(I'd really have thought, given all the Covid carryout, that restaurants would have gotten better at carryout with special menu items that pack and travel especially well. But NOT. I digress but when winter weather struck on Friday, we did our usual daytime Fri-Date "in" with gourmet cheeseburgers and garlic fries from the very fun Adventure Challenge for Couples. The schtick was to replicate a drive-in movie, something you don't learn until you start cooking which would have meant packing up the hot-from-the-stove burgers and fresh-from-the-oven fries to set out in search of some spot "overlooking the city" to eat. WTF? Like, people, how good are those burgers and fries gonna be stone-cold??? BTW they were quite fabulous "in", onion jam and all. Right. I DO so seriously digress.)

Back to shrimp. They're handy, especially if you're cooking for one or two because you can dole out only what you need, put the rest back in the freezer.


In Praise Of ...

  • ... sleeping cool, helped by two new nightdresses made from bamboo aka viscose, a fabric that I'd always assumed would be thin and scratchy but it's not. I bought two, the fabric is so soft with a little stretch, so comfortable both sleeping and while procrastinating getting dressed in the morning. Check out this pretty blue one with short sleeves and this pretty white patterned sleeveless one (affiliate links). My only wish? Pockets!

  • ... investing in a one-day women's retreat hosted by St. Louis therapist and relationship coach Mika (mike-uh) Ross. Anyone on Instagram? She's a must-follow! Her videos and reels about couples communication are not only spot-on but outright hilarious, especially when she plays both sides of a relationship. Yes, there are some times wigs and props! Do consider signing up for her email list. Even though she practices here in St. Louis, every so often she hosts free hour-long courses on a single subject, very worthwhile. (And women do come from a long ways to get facetime with Mika, one woman drove two hours to attend, another flew in from Montana!)

  • ... Sitka Seafood Market (formerly Sitka Salmon Shares), the fish subscription service, all wild-caught, all by independent fishing families, all sustainable. We subscribed three years ago and love the monthly deliveries of salmon, cod, halibut, sablefish and some times other seafood. This is NOT a sponsored post, we just really love having good fish in the freezer. The fish thaws in cold water in about 30 minutes and cooks up in in half that time.

Made Me Think ...

  • Weight Watchers CEO Explains Why We Got It Wrong, a podcast episode from CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviewing WW CEO Sima Sistani who's quite compelling in her evangelization of weight-loss drugs that WW has whole-heartedly embraced. I know many readers have at least some experience with Weight Watchers points, I lived with them for twenty years in varying degrees. I'm unconvinced about the drugs but, still, it's worth a listen if you understand that she presents only the "pro" side from the corporate perspective and none of the "con" downside risk for individuals.

  • Unlocking Your Potential: How to Make Your Habits Stick, yeah, another podcast, though I can't find a link to the podcast itself, only the Youtube version. Here Maya Shankar of the wonderful podcast A Slight Change of Plans (Apple named it Best Show in 2021) interviews psychologist and author Adam Grant about making good habits stick. Verrrrry interesting! Did you know that the term "soft skills" originated with the U.S. military? And that your income potential in your 20s is a function of the experience of your kindergarten teacher? Wow.

THE SEASONAL SEVEN: It's a Shrimp Fest!

For this week's recipes, I aimed for recipes with season-crossing flavors and combinations that ...

  • ... range across the courses, from appetizers to soups to dinners
  • ... mostly lean on frozen shrimp so easily kept on hand for last-minute quick meals
  • ... once the shrimp is on hand, won't bust the grocery budget
  • ... won't stress the calorie budget either, in fact, some are outright calorie busters
Five-Minute Shrimp Cocktail Sauce ♥ An easy DIY, just six ingredients, mixed to taste, sized to use.

Quick 'n' Easy Shrimp Bisque ♥, part bisque, part chowder, all delicious.

Warm Baked Feta & Tomatoes with Shrimp ♥ TikTok phenomenon worth the hype as an appetizer, casual meal or pasta feast.

Hurricane Rice with Shrimp & Sausage, a Cajun-style Quick Supper ♥ On the table in 30 minutes, packed with flavor & protein.

Shrimp Veracruz, another one-pot Quick Supper ♥ Budget Friendly. Weeknight Easy. Low Carb. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free.

Shrimp with Tomatoes, Spinach & Feta ♥, one of my favorite suppers in a long time, shrimp cooked in a nest of fresh or canned tomatoes, spinach and feta cheese.

Shrimp Salad Recipes ♥, three ways to make shrimp salad, easy, versatile.

A collection of seasonal shrimp & other seafood recipes ♥ Super-organized to find the exact recipe you're looking for.

What's New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

One-Pot Chicken with Beans and Vegetables ♥, just add canned beans and vegetables and voila, supper's on the table.

Whole Foods Test Kitchen

Who's tried the SEEDuction rolls from the bakery? So good! We slice one roll and turn it into Fried Bread (Skillet Toast). So good!

February: Reader Favorites

Finnish Fruit Tart (RahkaPiirakka) ♥, here with golden raisins, also try blueberries, cherries, rhubarb and more. One Bowl. Press-in Crust. Super Easy.

February: Lost Recipes

Roasted Applesauce with Raspberries ♥, the raspberries add glorious color and brightness.

The Kitchen Parade Almanac: Looking Ahead ...

  • Fridays During Lent - Friday Fish
  • February 19th (Monday) - President's Day
  • February 29th (Thursday) - Leap Day 2024
  • March 1st - Alanna's Unofficial First Day of Spring
  • March 10th (Sunday) - "spring forward" time change
  • March 10th (Sunday) - Academy Awards
  • March 12th - Equal Pay Day
  • March 14th (Thursday) - Pi Day
  • March 16th (Saturday) - St. Urho's Day
  • March 17th (Sunday) - St. Patrick's Day
  • March 19th (Tuesday) - First Official Day of Spring
  • March 28th (Thursday) - Baseball Opening Day!
  • March 31st - Easter (yikes! soooo early!)

Looking Back ...

Veggies Forever

Peasant Cabbage-Tomato Soup, another healthy soup ♥, just a handful of pantry ingredients. Vegan. Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free. Whole30 Friendly.

Good to Know!

How to plant Lenten Grass, an old Finnish tradition ♥, helping children mark the season of Lent.

A Quick Peek Into a Real-Life Kitchen

Just so you know, everything's not all pretty pictures around here, in the background is a pile of dirty dishes. And just like many (all?) of us, come five o'clock, I too draw a blank about what to make for supper, despite so many recipes I so dearly love. Here's a quick peek from the last week.

Sweet Potato Cornbread ♥ Gorgeous golden color from a pile of sweet potatoes. Naturally wheat-free, gluten-free, no unusual ingredients.
  • THIS WEEK I baked these as muffins (a dozen regular size + nine mini muffins) for a little Mardi Gras dinner we did with friends on Saturday. I do need to do the math to scale down the recipe, it won't be hard, there are five eggs. For anyone who's not into buttermilk, or is out of buttermilk but wants to make cornbread, this is your recipe. No flour, just cornmeal! So good!
  • THE RECIPE Sweet Potato Cornbread Golden color + naturally gluten-free = a total winner.

Big Cajun Chopped Salad, another fresh, flexible & healthy salad ♥ Great with gumbo, jambalaya, shrimp creole, crawfish boils and more.
  • THIS WEEK See? This is why (never say never but ...) I can never write a cookbook. Even in recipes I've made a dozen times, I'm still learning, still perfecting. This is such a great salad but when I served it for our Mardi Gras party, I forgot to season the greens! And then underdressed the greens! And ... so the "recipe" is great, it was my own execution. It'll be better next time, I promise!
  • THE RECIPE Big Cajun Chopped Salad Don't skip the olives! (PIN This)

How to Cook White Rice ♥, it turns out perfectly every time without special equipment.
  • THIS WEEK I cooked carnaroli rice using this technique for the first time, it worked great. Carnaroli is a rice that's often used for risotto so it's a little starchier. I made it ahead of time, re-warmed it in the microwave in a big bowl and put it on the buffet with an ice cream scoop for our Mardi Gras guests to scoop out as much/little as they wanted. Easy-peasy. So good!
  • THE RECIPE How to Cook White Rice Basics done well, for dinner, for the freezer. (PIN This)

Maple-Glazed Pecans ♥, crisp and barely sweet, add a spoonful to salads, morning oatmeal, a bowl of ice cream.
  • THIS WEEK Because our friend Charlie was bringing Bourbon Pralines to Mardi Gras, for dessert, I opted for scoops of vanilla ice cream topped with a Bananas Foster sauce, a few of these wonderful pecans plus a few blueberries and raspberries. OMG. So Good!!
  • THE RECIPE Maple-Glazed Pecans Crisp and barely sweet. Pecan Pizzazz!

Just Updated!

Gumbo ♥, a classic Cajun gumbo except that the roux is cooked in the oven. Let the oven do the stirring!
  • THE RECIPE Gumbo A classic Cajun gumbo, except that the roux is cooked in the oven. (PIN This)
  • ANOTHER TAKE Vegan Chickpea Gumbo A hearty low-fat plant-based gumbo, packed with vegetables and Cajun flavors.

Charcuterie for Two ♥ Practical tips and ideas for convivial meals for special occasions and celebrations.

The Homemade Pantry ♥, a special collection of recipes for ingredients and dishes we could easily buy but choose to make from scratch at home because they taste better, cost less, have fewer or higher-quality ingredients or are simply more convenient.

Homemade Spaghetti Meat Sauce for the Slow Cooker with Giant Meatballs, another Quick Supper ♥ Low Fat. Low Carb. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly.

My Most-Used Kitchen Tool, a Garbage Bowl or Compost Bowl, another Quick Tip ♥

Something to Read

Swamps. Snakes. Sisters. Secrets. And strong women.

The Waters is lovely storytelling, a wandering through the lives of a healer and her three estranged daughters and her granddaughter and the men they keep off their island. I've read it once, slowly, and intend to give it a minute to settle, then will return for another journey. I suspect this is a book that reveals much as it weaves in and out, if only you know what you can't yet see.

The Waters brought back intense memories of my favorite book as a girl, Girl of the Limberlost. Both books are set in rural Michigan, both stories are seen through eyes of a young girl without a father and an absent mother.

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  • Any ideas for Seasonal Sundays? Share away!
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  • Who's thinking what fun might be had on February 29th, this Leap Year?
  • Who's itching for a little beach time?
  • Anything else? Chime in, chat away.

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