22 January 2010

Crazy Sista Cooking


Lucy (Lulu) Buffett lives in L.A. (Lower Alabama). Yes, her brother is Warren Buffett. No, her brother is Jimmy Buffett. Yes, she parties just like Jimmy. And she has her very own place to party, Lulu's at Homeport Marina in Gulf Shores, Alabama. As you might expect, Crazy Sista Cooking is just that, a bit crazy but always good. Lulu learned to cook like many women, at the apron strings of family members. Buffett ascribes her love of cooking her grandmothers.
"My maternal Grandmother Peets was the dietitian for Gulf Park College, a girls' finishing school in Long Beach, Miss. She had elegant taste, although she was a working woman all of her life. My paternal Grandmother Buffett grew up in a boarding house and she was constantly in her Pascagoula, Miss., kitchen cooking vast and scrumptious Gulf Coast meals. It was the best of both worlds for me.
These recipes are designed to make cooking fun and easy. They are the kind of recipes that just might fool you into believing that you are watching the L. A. sunset. These are not "dine alone" recipes. They are best served with lots of cold beer and lots of good friend. Or acquaintances who will quickly become good friends if you keep feeding them from this cookbook. This recipe was the one Lucy used when she competed in Great American Seafood CookOff.

Screaming Easy Wild Shrimp Wasabi

1 tablespoon wasabi powder
1/4 cup beer (I use Corona beer and drink the rest while cooking)
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
2 pounds large headless shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails intact
1//2 teaspoon course sea salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
Lime slices for garnish

1. Combine wasabi powder, beer and horseradish. Set aside.

2. Peel and de-vein shrimp, leaving tails intact.

3. Place a cast iron skillet over high heat. When it begins to smoke, add shrimp. Shake skillet and toss or stir shrimp for 15 seconds or until they just begin to turn pink.

4. Add salt, wasabi mixture and butter. Stir quickly, turning shrimp for another 15 seconds, then cover tightly and remove from heat. Let shrimp rest for 5 minutes.

5. Add cilantro, stir once, and cover again. Wait another 5 minutes.

6. Garnish with lime slices and serve immediately.

Now that brother Jimmy has acquired Landshark beer, I'm sure that the Corona has been replaced. If you want a spicy good time, give this a try.

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