Saturday, April 17, 2010

Food P0rn

I first heard the at term at Notes from the Trenches and I fell in love with the term.  I haven't really had the opportunity to use it until today.  Today's subject DEFINITELY falls under the category of food p0rn. (yes...I did that on purpose).

I spent a great deal of my formative years in Maryland, where I learned at an early age to love seafood.  Oh, it took me well into my 20s to learn to love ALL kinds of seafood but I still recall being around 10 and my parents taking us into DC for my birthday and ordering a huge platter of shrimp.

From Maryland, we moved to upstate NY where seafood, while being a bit harder to come by, wasn't IMPOSSIBLE to find fresh.  From there it was onto California and , well, you know...CALIFORNIA.  Then back to Maryland.  Then...Minnesota. (If there were sound effects, you'd hear the sound of a needle screeching across an LP and you'd be thinking to yourself...she's RUINED!)

Well, what I learned in Minnesota is that...where there is a will, there is most definitely a way.  My will...NOT to live without fresh seafood.  The way?  Well, let me tell you about it.

Within the first 6 months of moving to Minnesota I learned that there is a company that on an every 3-4 week basis, ships fresh seafood (which ranges from shrimp (always) to crab, oysters, snapper) up to Minnesota on ice and sells out of trucks at various locations around the Twin Cities area.  I don't always meet up with the truck every 3 weeks but usually 3-5 times each season (usually from April through November).

The "shrimp truck" made it's first visit of 2010 to the Twin Cities this weekend.  And I partook.

I bought 3 lbs of jumbo shrimp.  Define jumbo shrimp?  Well..how about a picture?

There were 15/lb so figure 15 x3.  Not sure what that looks like?

That's 3 lbs.  Cleaned and deveined and butterflied.  Still not sure exactly how much that will yield?

And when they are cooked?  Will they shrink to nothing?
 
OH...so yummy.  With homemade cocktail sauce.  Never made your own?  It's EASY PEASY...just take ketchup (or catsup...however you want to spell it), add FRESH horseradish sauce, worchestershire sauce, Franks Red Hot sauce and the juice of a lemon and mix well (do to taste...we love horseradish so I make it "hot").  Then dive in...

Yes...definitely food p0rn.  Jealous?

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