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Boomer’s Kitchen (shrimp etiquette)

Recently I was browsing through some of the posts in here, when I happened upon one which had recipes in it. As I read them over I found two very good entrees. The first one is called Red Flannel Hash. Even though it seems a bit different that is the great thing about cooking is trying new combinations and flavors. I actually can’t wait to try it my self. The second one is a soup it a Portuguese  style tomato and shrimp it too looks delicious.

The only problem I have had these last few years (part of this time was as a cook/saucier/sous chef)is, somewhere along the way someone [probably a great chef  (you know the kind everyone wants to mimic) with little manners] decided it was a good idea to leave the tails on the shrimp while cooking and then serving them. This is in whatever form whether it be in a soup, stew, rice dish, or with a sauce ala Alfredo for example.  To me personally the idea of having to pull the tails off before I can eat my shrimp is annoying. It is messy, in an effort not to get it all over your hands you use your knife and fork. Or…at the risk of looking like a redneck you use your fingers and just pull the tails off before eating. Which results in getting it all over your fingers. Of course if the sauce is good you don’t mind licking it off your fingers. However, if you are on a date (first or blind) you may not want to look like a slob. Last but not least, suppose you are eating a soup and as you bite into the shrimp you notice you are pulling tail shell out of your mouth MMMMMM!!!!! YUMMY!!!!! My solution, ready chefs? Pull the tails off before cooking. I know the extra minute or two could put you behind. To those of you that think this or think it is too much effort on your part there is a fast food restaurant with your name on it.

One more thing, if you are going to pre-cook the shrimp, cool them down, and then re-add them to the dish later. You might as well use pre-cooked shrimp at the store and save yourself the trouble of the cooking. I am a FIRM believer that the greatest flavor is achieved when you cook the shrimp in with the seasonings, veggies, sauce, whatever you are making. No!!! This does not mean you put the shrimp in first. Everyone knows they cook really quick, so they are probably the last ingredient you add. Please by all means add them raw let them soak up the flavor.


About Bigboomer

Hello, first of all I would like to thank you for visiting my blogsite. I am going to tell you a little about me. My name is Ray, I started writing back in high school. Every once in a while I would come up with a few ideas and would write them down. Most of which became poems others became short stories. Some of my inspirations are of the heart, some of them come from the thoughts of the day. You will see, as you browse threw my site my poetry is about as diverse as you can get. I hope that as you read them some will have you thinking of love, while others will make you feel sorrow. I would like some of them to set you off to an adventure. Finally, I have some poems that may make you hungry. I do have some inspirations that just plane turn into ramblings or rants as, if you read in here, you will see. I have managed to get two books published so far, the first one is titled Pathways, it may be found at xlibris.com/RayBohdan.html. there you can view a couple of excerpts form the book. The second book is Mingling Hues of My Mind it is at publish America A little bit more about me. I am fifty-one years old I have three children, Rainney, Elisa, and Anthony and two well, actually, three grandchildren Raeanne Marie, Graycee, and Amaya. I guess I could go on, but then I am afraid this will come out sounding like a dating profile. Part of my site will be dedicated to my poetry, I plan to break it down into different sections and organize it by type/style. Another section of this site will be dedicated to my blog it will be about my rants/thoughts of the day. These will vary from political, to personal, to comical. I will talk about most anything and everything that I feel may be of interest to someone. I also will devote a section to some of my favorite recipes with hints on how to capture his/her heart by winning their stomach. My favorite foods are Italian and Mexican, but this section will not be limited to those two types. I do believe however, that the most important part of my site will be the dedication pages. These will be to memorialize special loved ones and friends, as well as thank those that have made purchases of my afore-mentioned book. This is exactly what you think it is. A way for me to sell my self as a writer. Publicly get my words and thoughts out into the world. Please believe me when I say that this in no way demeans or diminishes my passions for the people and the love of which I have written, and will continue to write. I trust that once you read my poems you will feel the love i have felt, the pains I have been through, and the joys of life itself. Once again I thank you for stopping by please enjoy.


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