2020 Stonington, Maine: After months on the road, Mark and I set our eyes on a leisurely week and seafood in Stonington, Maine, with visions of lobster, clams, and mussels. After settling into the charming family-run Boyce’s Motel, we grabbed a bottle of red and headed down to their private deck overlooking the harbor where the fishing boats setting out to sea for the night.
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This salad calls to me. The moment I think of it, the cravings begin. It is light and flavorful… truly a treat. We used to make a mayonnaise-based dressing, but it was loaded with calories and not as creamy as I would like. Substituting yogurt for most of the mayo was a perfect solution.
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What is Shrimp Jambalaya? It is a one dish vegetable and rice dish comprised of a variety of pork, chicken, or seafood carried in a sauce of tomato or broth. Gumbo is similar, but is typically served over rice and based on a roux, a brown sauce thickened with filé (FEE-lay) or okra. Everyone seems to have a regional family favorite version. The first time I made jambalaya, we were hosting a big parish dinner, and I failed to peel the shrimp. Once we realized the mistake, we all just laughed, picked them from our bowls and peeled them at the table. Mistakes can be funny ice breakers… just roll with them!
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