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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Shrimp Creole

shrimp creole recipe photo by candy dorsey

Living in the southwest U.S., I'm hard-pressed to find Shrimp Creole in a restaurant. The last time I saw it on a menu I was in Louisiana. The ingredients are readily available where I live, and probably where you live. So here is a simple recipe for Shrimp Creole.


  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 6 Tblsp. butter
  • 1 Tblsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • dash of Tabasco
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 to 3 lbs. shrimp, peeled and cooked (reserve the stock)
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 Tblsp. cornstarch
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat and saute pepper, onion, celery and garlic until tender. About 5 to 8 minutes. Add paprika, Italian seasoning, Tabasco, salt and pepper. Mix well. Add diced tomatoes, lower heat and simmer 5 minutes.
In a small bowl, blend cornstarch with 4 tablespoons shrimp stock. Gradually add cornstarch mixture to the sauce, stirring constantly until the sauce thickens. Add shrimp and parsley, stir to coat the shrimp.
Serve over boiled white rice or pasta. Serves 6.

Boiled Rice

Note: 1 cup uncooked rice yields 3 cups cooked

In a saucepan mix 2 cups cold water and 1 cup long grain rice
Add 1 tablespoon butter and a dash of salt
Cover with a tight-fitting lid. Bring to a boil then immediately reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, do not remove cover.
Remove from heat, let stand covered for 10 minutes. Rice should be fluffy. This will make 6 servings (½ cup each).

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Crumb Buns

crumb buns recipe photo by candy dorsey

New Jersey is home to a few foods that can't be found anywhere else in the country. Italian Hot Dogs for one. French Fries with White Vinegar on the boardwalk is another, and Crumb Buns. Sure, coffee cakes and crumb cakes can be found in bakeries and supermarkets everywhere but, Crumb Buns are a New Jersey thing.


For the cake:

Preheat oven to 325ยบ F.
Grease an 8 inch square baking pan or dish.
  • 6 Tblsp. butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

In a medium bowl mix butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing briefly after each egg. Add flour, baking powder and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Pour batter into pan. Let it set at room temperature until you've made the topping. (That will only take a few minutes.)

For the topping:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 8 Tblsp. cold butter
In a small bowl combine dry ingredients, mix to distribute. Cut in butter using 2 knives in opposite directions until butter is the size of peas. There will be large lumps of sugar, that's good.

Spoon the topping over batter then gently pat it down ever-so-slightly into the batter.
Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and topping is lightly browned.
When cool, dust with powdered sugar.


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