Shrimp Etouffée

I was introduced to Creole cooking on my first visit to New Orleans many years ago. I ate barbecue shrimp, jambalya, gumbo and shrimp etouffée. The only dish with which I was vaguely familiar was jambalaya, and that was because of the Hank Williams hit song, “On the Bayou.” The food was so good that…
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Scallop Scampi

Properly cooked, scallops are wonderful. Our friend Dardi sautés sea scallops to perfection. The trick is to cook the scallops until they are just done. Thirty seconds too long, and the scallops begin to toughen and soon resemble large rubber erasers. Dardi knows when the pan is ready for the scallops and exactly when to…
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Seafood Divan

When Jerri first made this casserole I thought that it was called Seafood Divine because it tasted heavenly.   However, it is actually a takeoff of Chicken Divan, a casserole made with poached chicken, broccoli and Mornay Sauce–a classic French cheese sauce made with white sauce, Parmesan and Gruyère cheese.    Chicken Divan was invented…
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Jerri’s Salmon Loaf

It has been a few years, so we don’t feel too guilty for not remembering who gave us Betty Crocker’s Dinner for Two Cook Book. Jerri thinks it is remotely possible that she bought it before we headed for Charlottesville, Virginia and moved into our first home, a terrace apartment in an antebellum house. Terrace…
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Wayne And Sondra’s Salmon

  Our friends Wayne and Sondra love to play bridge, and we have had some great times at the cabin with them.  Wayne likes to hunt and fish.  One time when he was at the cabin for the opening weekend of deer season, he brought along an electric skillet and all the ingredients to cook Friday…
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