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I have been cooking my way through life for over 50 years, beginning with mud pies as a child. I've turned a corner now and feel a Renaissance in my life. Recipes and Random Thoughts is my personal spin in a blog about how to prepare good food and how it prepares you for life. I want to share with you, honest to goodness food punctuated with perspective from the special memories and moments that have marked my journey.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Skrimps Wif Sauce

It's been a great weekend for a beach wedding.  Balmy weather with soft breezes gently stirring the Spanish Moss on ancient live oak trees and the waves lapping while wedding guests sipped, ate and danced.  The bride was beautiful in satin and tulle,  the groom handsome in a sear sucker suit as they exchanged their vows in a small chapel built in the 1880's.  The elegant mothers in chiffon sighed.  My, my, love is grand and the food at these events, just as grand.  I picked up this tried and true coastal marinated shrimp at the "After" Party on Friday night, noted on a tattered and stained index card.  An "After" party, is given in my neck of the woods, for those who come from out of town to a wedding and are not invited to the rehearsal dinner.  After the rehearsal dinner, the wedding party and the out-of-towners gather at someone's home to tune up for the wedding in earnest.  The bride and groom may or may not attend, but the rest of us do some serious eatin and drinkin.  Who knows how many years this shrimp has been served to guest, written in the cook's local dialect.  Look for Durkees Sauce along with mayonnaise in your grocery store if you are not familiar with it.  I always buy it for leftover turkey sandwiches during the holidays, but this gives it a new purpose.  It has a really tangy flavor.

5 lbs pealed, deveined and cooked shrimp
10 oz. Durkees Sauce
4 medium onions, sliced thin
2-3 bay leaves
1 cup Tarragon vinegar
2 cups canola oil
1 tbls sugar
1 tsp salt
sliced lemons,as many as you like

Combine in a glass or ceramic bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night.  Serve with tooth picks.

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