National Spinach Day and the 6th Friday of Lent

Today marks the sixth and final “ordinary” Friday of Lent. Sunday will mark the observation of Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week, with Good Friday and the Easter Vigil.

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Flavors of The Big Easy for the 3rd Friday of Lent

Something interesting happened during the first lock-down in California. Unlike other lock-downs that have followed, during that first one Hubby worked from home and Kiddo was temporarily out of work. As you can imagine, the Event Industry came to an immediate girding halt.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. If we were in Mexico, nine days ago would have marked the first day of the Novena to Honor the Virgin of Guadalupe. We would have lit a candle each day for nine days, said prayers and sought intervention through our Blessed Mother that she may gain favor with her Son.

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There’s More to Fajitas than Chicken

Today is National Mail Order Catalog Day, Ice Cream Pie Day and my personal favorite, Fajita Day. Although I will admit, I have a soft spot in my heart for Mail Order Catalogs. I can remember the Sears Christmas Catalog – as thick as a phone book and packed with all sort of childhood fantasies. Page after page, it was enough to put Santa’s Workshop to shame.

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It’s A Fab Friday V-J Everyone!

Kiddo is not a big fan of Fridays in our house. Sure, he enjoys grilled cheese and tomato soups. He even likes Tuna Melts and meatless pastas. When it comes to most things that swim, he’s not always a fan. He’ll eat squid but not necessarily want salmon. That said, this simple battered shrimp received Kiddo approval.

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Cajun Kabobs and More

Hey there – how’s life? Time finally seems to be moving again – sort of and just a little too fast to suit me. I don’t mean life is returning to normal, because in California it is anything but. Yet time still flies. We’re now a whole three weeks beyond half way through the year, on the backside.

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Shrimp Diavolo Italian Style

Shrimp again? Yeah, I know we just had Tex-Mex Diablo a couple of weeks ago, and Louisiana Shrimp a couple of weeks before that. What can I say? Our local market has been promoting shrimp, and when the price is right, we buy.

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Sizzling Shrimp Diablo Tex-Mex Style

Diablo – Devil in Spanish. Another word for Hot Stuff when it comes to food. Chicken Diablo, Scallops Diablo and Hubby’s all-time favorite Shrimp Diablo. It’s that dash of Habanero Pepper Sauce that brings on the heat.

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Louisiana Shrimp Etouffée 2

While I’ve never been to Louisiana, I do love the food. Maybe it comes from my southern roots via Pops. Maybe it is that love of spice and flavor and anything down home. All I know is that while I’ve never been to Louisiana, I feel deeply connected to the Gulf region.

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Holy Wednesday Empanada Day

Each year on April 8, we celebrate National Empanada Day. The name Empanada comes from the Galicia, Portuguese and Spanish verb em pandar, which means to wrap or coat in bread. Empanadas are made by folding dough or bread around a seasoned filling. The Empanadas are then baked or fried, like savory hand pies.

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Holy Tuesday Shrimp Tacos

We all love Taco Tuesday, even during Holy Week. In the past, we’ve tried to refrain from any meat during the entire forty days of Lent. Remember, those forty days do not include Sundays. Even during Lent, Sundays are Feast Days of the Lord. How did we do in our quest of No Meat Lenten Season?  Failed. We did stick to the No Meat Friday, but didn’t make it through an entire forty-day abstinence.

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Ribbon Pasta with Shrimp and Lemon Garlic

Did you know that today is National String Popcorn Day? Yep, it is. I’ve always wanted to string popcorn and make cranberry garland for my tree. When my children were little, the best Christmas we ever had was filled with paper decorations and a cardboard box painted to look like a fireplace. How else was Santa going to get into our tiny apartment?

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Louisiana Shrimp Étouffée 1

It’s only fitting that a state that gave us National Treasures such as Jazz, Creole Cooking and America’s best Mardi Gras would have its own special day. Part of the Louisiana Purchase of land from France in 1803, Louisiana was the first of 15 states to be carved out of the region. The great state of Louisiana entered the union in 1812.

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Spicy Shrimp Linguine Marinara

You know me, if it’s Friday, it’s gotta be meatless or a seafood or some other pre-Vatican II throw back. Say what you will, eating “meatless” once a week really is a smart, healthy choice.

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Louisiana Shrimp and Andouille Sausage Gumbo

There ain’t nothin’ in this world more awesome than Gumbo. Even the name – Gumbo – is awesomely fun to say. There may be some “traditions” when it comes to Gumbo, like most stew-soups, just about anything goes into the pot and often does.

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