Low Country Boil

I found this recipe on a blog called “Because it really is personal” and I plan on trying it tonight, even though corn on the cob is not in season. It is apparently a southern specialty from Georgia and South Carolina and was also called “Frogmore Stew”.

I happen to have a few nice ears in the freezer, and picked up a BUNCH of frozen shrimp in a sale recently, so I have all the goodness I need (except Old Bay seasoning).

I may have to hunt around to find a home made version.  If the recipe turns out good, I will file it in my recipe section.

Note: crab and butter in any combination can be added to this and still be a low country boil; cocktail sauce would go well with this; a removable drain basket would also be a huge plus if you have one that fits a large pot.

Here is the recipe/directions in an excerpt from Rootie’s blog:

Low Country Boil

5 lbs new potatoes (red or yellow)

2 lbs carrots
2 lbs yellow onions
8- 1/2 ears corn on the cob (or 4 whole ears, cut in 1/2)
2 lbs smoked sausage (kielbasa or bratwurst style), sliced thick
10 lbs fresh or frozen uncooked shrimp- 20-30 ct
4 tbs or 2 pkgs Old Bay crab boil seasoning

A huge pot of boiling water.  Put the seasoning, onions, carrots, sausage and potatoes in the boiling pot of water.
Cook until potatoes are almost tender, and then add the corn. When the corn is done take it all out of the pot (leave the water) and put it all together in a big bowl.

Bring the water back to a boil and add the shrimp. Cook until they are pink through, and dip out into the bowl with everything else.

While everything is cooking, cover your table with several layers of newspaper. Put a roll of paper towels in the middle. When the food it’s done, dump the bowl in the middle of the table, and eat with your fingers. When everyone is full, roll up the newspaper with all the corncobs and shrimp shells in the middle, and throw away.

Good with cold beer or cheap chilled white wine.

I added stuff to it that I like that is not traditional 😉


low country boil 2

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Specialization is for insects

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

Robert Heinlein as Lazarus Long “Time Enough for Love”

Pollan Article in NYT


Regarding MRSA, bees, factory farming.


For years now, critics have been speaking of modern industrial agriculture as “unsustainable” in precisely these terms, though what form the “breakdown” might take or when it might happen has never been certain. Would the aquifers run dry? The pesticides stop working? The soil loses its fertility? All these breakdowns have been predicted and they may yet come to pass. But if a system is unsustainable — if its workings offend the rules of nature — the cracks and signs of breakdown may show up in the most unexpected times and places. Two stories in the news this year, stories that on their faces would seem to have nothing to do with each other let alone with agriculture, may point to an imminent breakdown in the way we’re growing food today.

Laundry Soap

1 Large (6-7oz.) Bar of Soap, grated

5 Gallon Bucket
1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Washing Soda
3 Gallons Water

First grate your soap; I just use a bowl and a big-holed cheese grater.

Get out your BIG stockpot and add 1 gallon (16 cups) of water. I use an old 1 gallon vinegar bottle to measure out the water. Bring the water to a boil and then add the grated soap.

Stir until the soap dissolves and remove from heat. If you’re using Ivory you will have lots of suds….if you’re using Zote Soap there will be less suds.

Get out a 5 gallon bucket and pour the soap/water mixture into your bucket. Add the 2 cups of baking soda OR 1 cup baking soda/1 cup borax and stir until dissolved. If you are using the Ivory Soap it may suds up a lot.

Once you’ve got your soap mixture in your bucket, add 2 more gallons of cold water and stir.

As the laundry detergent cools, it will eventually “gel-up” (this can take up to 48 hours). To help it cool faster and not separate when it does Gel-up, it’s best to stir it every once in awhile. (Don’t worry, the suds eventually go away).

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