Weekend special:  Chicago’s own Shrimp de Jonghe

Our store has jumbo 16-20 count wild-caught, raw Gulf shrimp on sale this weekend (editor’s note:  by now, some of you have figured out where I work; after all, how many high-end grocery chains are there in greater Chicago?  But I digress).  That makes it the perfect time to make Shrimp de Jonghe.  it’s the…

Quick lists:  the many ways to prepare Gulf shrimp

We’re going to have shrimp on sale this weekend – BIG shrimp.   Oh, joy!   I just love shrimp – especially big, plump, pink Gulf shrimp.  Don’t you?  Can’t get enough of it. Yet when I’m tired at the end of a long day, I forget just how many ways there are to fix my favorite…

Mardi Gras/Chinese New Year special:  Firecracker Shrimp

February, it turns out, is shrimp month.  As if our store doesn’t sell plenty of shrimp as it is, we’ll be demo-ing lots of shrimp throughout the month.  Fine with me:  I love shrimp. To some people, February means Valentine’s Day and two presidents’ birthdays and, possibly, a long holiday weekend as a result.  To…

Weekend special: Butter-poached shrimp and Carolina-style grits

We have shrimp on sale this weekend (again), but this time it’s the really good ones:   8-10 count jumbo wild-caught, raw Gulf shrimp from Louisiana, the best kind.  This being a short Mardi Gras season in 2016 (January 6 through Fat Tuesday on February 9 – barely four weeks), I’m looking for an excuse to…

Weekend special: Greek-style shrimp and feta with tomatoes

Shrimp was on sale this weekend — the cooked variety, though, not the raw Gulf shrimp I was hoping for — so yours truly had to come up with a shrimp recipe.  The whole point of my handing out recipes at the island is to encourage people to try new flavors and cuisines and broaden…