I just returned to the Bahamas with all kinds of delicious items from home that are unavailable here -- Trader Joe's goodies (Mom, you are THE BEST), Lance snacks and chips (thank you Uncle Chris), and delicious Virginia grits (merci beaucoup Sarah & Andy). Inspired by this loot, along with food magazines I drooled over in the airport (gracias Rachael Ray and Martha Stewart), I have been dominating our kitchen and having fun playing chef. The school where I am volunteering happens to be right across the street from one of my favorite grocery stores (Thompson's, the one with really good meat and seafood), so I have been cooking some delicious dinners. Charlie is in heaven (minus the constant studying and ginormous exam tomorrow).
I picked up some fresh shrimp and softshell crabs and have been cooking away...
Last night I cooked softshell crabs the way my parents have always expertly and perfectly cooked them: soaked in milk, lightly coated in flour, and fried up in a little butter until golden and crispy. Sides: wedge salad with iceberg lettuce, blue cheese, bacon, and homemade balsamic vinaigrette; and mashed carrots (steamed carrots mashed with a fork, with butter, honey, and chili powder mixed in).
Tonight I made saucy shrimp and grits (I used fresh shrimp instead of frozen and added a cup of cooked frozen spinach at the end). Easy and yummy!!!!