Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Crawfish Etouffee and Celebrating One Full Year of Blogging!

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On Sunday evening my dear husband cooked this Crawfish Etouffee in celebration of my blog's ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

(Not really...he did make it...but not necessarily to congratulate me on all the hard work and dedication I have put into these virtual pages over the last 12 months. Sigh.)

SO I ...tagged the dinner... "Happy 1st Birthday, Design Wine and Dine!"
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Right off the bat let me tell you... I did not type up this recipe, but you can find it on page 32 of John Besh's, "My New Orleans, The Cookbook."

Talk about a beautiful book we have thoroughly enjoyed using and reading! Thanks again to Pam's Midwest Kitchen Korner for the fabulous giveaway a few months back!  JUST LOOK AT THIS COOKBOOK!!!!!
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We did supplement these crawfish we found (using their bodies for stock and their tails for some of the "meat") with beautiful shrimp...
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Curious children...
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Curious. Not afraid. (Teenager years should be awesome...GULP!)
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Here is my husband in ACTION!

This photo also serves as a TEST to see if "someone" really does in fact read my blog...on its Birthday no less!
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While the husband cooked...I poured the Prosecco and tortured him with crawfish!

The little guys were popping up EVERYWHERE! (Do you see him?)
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That wine is mine! (I think...no I know... I feel like this most days...)
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Here you're looking at the roux, what Besh describes as, "the quintessential base of this classic dish."

It's simply flour and oil you whisk over medium-high heat for about 15 minutes until...
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It gets this dark! (below)

Because it's all about, "building flavor!"
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I think this post perfectly depicts why I love food blogging... 

This Crawfish Etouffee was such a special meal...and now...by documenting and sharing it here...one I will never forget!

So to anyone who is reading or who has ever read my blog...thanks for a great year...and I hope you (like me) ...are still hungry!  

(I have decided to take a bit of a break for a few days/week. Technical/personal reasons....be back soon!)
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26 comments:

Angie said...

You are hitting me right where i like it. I LOVE crawfish. Some people hate it but I really love it. I have never had ettoufe, but this looks so delicious! Thank you for sharing with us.

Angie @ Cocina diary

The Food Hound said...

This looks awesome, if for no other reason than to torture the cook with little crawfish :) I've always thought ettoufe sounds like it needs to incorporate a pastry crust, maybe because it sounds like souffle. Have a lovely blogging vacation, and Happy One Year!!

Joanne said...

Congrats on your blogiversary! SO exciting!

Personally, I would be a bit scared to have those crawfish sprawled all over my kitchen. Probably I just need to find a husband who will cook a meal this good for me!

Erin said...

Happy Anniversary! Please don't stay away too long as we will all miss you!

Clint said...

I love etouffee. We have it occasionally at home, but I really love it when we are in N'Awluns. Our favorite restaurant there is Remoulade's, and the etouffee is just to die for. Of course, that batch your husband made ya looks awfully good! Happy bloggin' anniversary! See ya in a couple of weeks.

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Happy blogaversary!! You write a delicious, beautiful and fun blog that I am completely addicted to! I've tried many of your recipes and love love love them! Enjoy your break but don't stay away for too long :)

Oh and now I have to make some etouffee. it looks too good to resist!

Karen said...

Happy one year!!! What a yummy dish to celebrate your day! I love the photo of the crawfish with the wine...too funny!

Mary said...

Congratulation on Year Number One. It is a milestone, but you are so good at it I suspect we'll have the pleasure of your company for years to come. I loved the post and the recipe. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Pam said...

Happy blogoversary! Another great recipe from a great cookbook. I'm so glad you like it!!!

Cooking Gallery said...

Happy 1 Year Anniversary :)! The Crawfish Etouffee looks totally delicious, I will give it a try. Thanks for sharing :)!

Edible Art said...

congrats in the year of blogging!
the dish looks SOOOOOO amazing!!
i wish i had a huge pale of it right now, MmmMm
-insert tummy grumbles-

and you have a very beautiful kitchen,
Ooh~ u lucky gal (:

Simply Life said...

i can't believe it's only been a year - you're a pro! congrats!

baking.serendipity said...

Happy one year! What a great way to celebrate :)

Nuts about food said...

Happy blogging anniversary! What a wonderful meal your DH cooked up for you (that roux...) and I love finally getting "to meet" your kids. Adorable. But you knew that already, right? Come back soon, we will miss you.

Lea Ann said...

Congrats on 1 year. You've got a great blog and I'm glad I found you...however that was. :-) My first ever cajun meal was Crawfish Etoufee. I've never tried to make it but should. Afterall, I have that same cookbook.

Jenn said...

WOOHOO!! Congratulations on your 1 year. I, for one, love your blog and hope you keep it up for a long time to come! I love etoufee, and this one looks fantastic!!

Syd said...

I make it with a tomato base instead of a roux, but I'm feeling the roux. Looks delicious.

Don't forget where you put those crawfish "surprises". My brother did that once. Mom's kitchen smelled like HELL. LOL

snacktive said...

haha so funny how the crawfish kept popping up! Congratulations on your one year blogiversary!

France@beyondthepeel said...

CONGRATS!I look forward to reading more when you get back. This looks so yummy. There is no place to get crawfish where I live. Do you think I could just use a lobster...a little baby one...

Marc van der Wouw said...

Happy blogaversary!!...well done, nice job and picture's..keep up the good work...

Cheers,

Marc

Katerina said...

Happy Birthday to your blog. A man in the kitchen is always a great spectacle. This etouffee looks fantastic. I love seafood! Have fun during your break from the net!

Velva said...

Happy 1st year Anniversary!!!! I am looking forward to enjoying many years of wishing you a happy blogging anniversary:)

Love, love the meal. Wow. Your little one with craw fish photos is priceless.

Velva

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Edible Art said...

ive got an award for you, i hope you can drop by my blog and pick it up & see the little message i wrote for you as well~~ (:

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

happy birthday cute family post heres to many more years

Magic of Spice said...

Happy Birthday to Design Wine and Dine :) What a fun post...amazing how curious the kids were with those little guys, cute!

Courtney said...

Congrats on a wonderful year! And we even got to see a little bit of your husband - woo!!!