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First Day of Summer

I worked the first day of summer. But at least I was doing Flash animation so it was not like it was really hard work. For lunch, I sat out under a locust tree back of our office and enjoyed the mugginess (94 degrees) and the breeze and reading, Lost in Rooville by Ray Blackston. A good read by the way. The full moon came up huge and orange last night. It was a sight to see. I'm in a good mood. Party is this weekend and Sunday I bought $1000 worth of fireworks. This should be some 10th anniversary party!

Just some of the stuff we'll be blowing up.

I've been helping my folks out the last two weeks with stuff around the farm (last weekend we redid all the plumbing at the farm) and with my dad's 50th High School reunion. They are having it next summer at one of our barns over in Adam's County. The weekend before last saw dad and I pressure washing the inside of a 4 story barn and getting rid of a family of skunks that had inhabited the barn over the winter. I used to not mind skunk smell but when you stand in close proximity for a few hours, it gets to you.

Last Wednesday, I called in sick. Later, when i got to feeling better, I went out to the other farm to help Dad with a reunion committee meeting. I made Frogmore Stew in a big pot on the stove and in dutch ovens outside, I made jalapeno cornbread and regular cornbread and a pineapple upside down cake for dessert.



Jun. 22nd, 2005 08:45 pm (UTC)
You can make it anywhere. Frogmore was the poor black section of Beufort, SC. This was one of those "whatever you have to hand" kind of meals. My dad discocered it in a bar in Beufort in 1956 when he was on Basic Training for the Marine Corps and he makes it all the time now. We use Atlantic coast shrimp but any fresh or frozen fresh shrimp will do.

The basic thing to remember is you
put in enough of most things so everyone has at least one. I was cooking for 8-10 people so in a big stock pot, I put in 16 small red potatoes. Covered them with water by about 2 inches. Threw in a bag of crab/shrimp boil (or make your own). Let those boil for 10 minutes or so. Cut two Polska Kielbasas up into 1 inch pieces and toss in the pot. Bring back to a boil. Throw in 16 quarter ears of sweet corn and bring back to a boil. Pour in one or bottle of your favorite beer. Add 1 pound of de headed shrimp for each person, do not peel them. Boil until shrimp turn orange and then remove from heat. The idea is each bowl of stew will have corn on the cob, a potato, a few pieces of polish sausage and several pieces of shrimp. You pretty much eat with your fingers. Have a separate bowl in front of you for the shrimp peelings and corn cob and then just eat until the stew is gone.



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