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When Food Meets Music: Jazzfest
05-09-2010, 09:38 AM
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RE: When Food Meets Music: Jazzfest
Thank you, Brutus. Indeed, I'm in better spirits now. I guess that of all the different stages of grief, I am in the acceptance stage. I see that the local govt is doing more than the feds and bp combined, and on a (marsh)-grass-roots level, they have recruited hundreds of fisher, crabber, oyster, and shrimper men to use their boats to lay out the boom. There is also talk of dredging up sand to create a new barrier beyond the shore, which will also help re-buffer the eroding wetlands, our first defense against hurricanes, so it's a two-fold 'solution'. They are also spraying a chemical 'solution' to break down the oil before it gets to the surface, but it is thought to be even more toxic than the oil itself. Prevention is better than cure, bad apples affecting the pure. Talk about a double-edged sword. We need better armor. Every clear day, we get new photos from the satellites watching o'er the spill, and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger! We've got to stem the evil tide, and keep the oil on the inside. It now looks like the spill has spread to west of the Mississippi River's mouths. It now threatens my home away from home, Grand Isle, aka the Cajun Bahamas, the only inhabited barrier island in LA, a seven mile stretch of fishing bliss. One cannot help but catch something to eat there if one wets a line. On several occasions, I have even caught ice-chests full of blue crabs using only a single string, a chicken neck, and a scoop net, right there in the surf. Frolicking with the dolphins only feet away, and also competing for my dinner catch, are the diving brown pelicans, our state bird (no, not the mosquito), which just recently came off of the endangered species list, thanks to a concerted effort to protect them and their breeding grounds on the barrier islands. The area is just teeming with life, and everything must be done to preserve it. Even once, a solitary pink flamingo flew directly overhead, which is quite rare in these parts. Being at Jazzfest, and seeing the plethora of seafood dished served up there, makes it difficult to realize that the variety of food selection may not be there for many years to come. But back to putting a plug in that spill... it seems that the dome lowered over it failed initially due to ice crystals forming and clogging up the pipe leading to the surface. They are trying to fix it as we speak, but the oil is still flowing, every day now, since the very day that I joined this group, on 4/20, which, by the way, was two years to the date that I last saw a certain band play at the hornet's hive, and announcing the donation of 100k to katrina recovery. That's just unbelievably generous! Just before that, my father passed away, and only a few months before that, he had taken a trip to Newfoundland. Being a world traveler, he said that Newfoundland was one of the most beautiful places he has ever visited. It must also be kept pristine. With already 4000 or so oil rigs in the gulf of mexico, I see no reason to put any other natural areas at risk. This dogged rig fire on the Horizon is in 5000 feet of water. The one proposed that you mentioned is even deeper than that at a mile and a half, in even colder waters! Should anything happen, ice crystals will surely form. Let this disaster in the gulf teach us ways to prevent this from happening elsewhere, and how to resolve it swiftly, so that no damage is done to any other ecology or economy. Dependence on foreign oil sucks, but purposefully striving to be an apolitical man, and to save my sanity, let's finish up hitting on a high harmonic note: Food!

Oyster Patties


*2 dozen fresh Oysters (reserve the liquor)
*24 Pastry Shells
*1/2 cup Crabmeat
*1/2 stick of Butter
*1/2 cup Chicken Broth
*one can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
*1/4 cup finely chopped Yellow Onion, Green Onion and Celery (each)
*1/2 tbsp minced Garlic
*one tbsp Flour
*2 tbsp Olive Oil
*sliced Pimento
*grated Parmesan
*seasonings: Salt, Black Pepper, White Pepper, Hot Sauce

In a skillet, melt the butter and add the olive oil. Add the onion, celery and garlic to sauté. Stir-in the flour. Stir-in the mushroom soup, broth, liquor, crab, and a dash of each seasoning. Simmer for a about 30 minutes. Add a little more liquid if needed, but the sauce has to be thick. Cut heat off and let settle and cool for a bit.
Lay-out your shells on a cooking pan. Place one fat ole oyster in each pastry shell. Dash-on the hot sauce. Spoon the sauce on-top to fill the shell. Top-off each patty with a little cheese and pimento.
Bake 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes. Remove pan and let the patties settle and cool for a bit.

You may have a little leftover sauce. Perfect with some Ritz crackers or toasted slices of French bread.

Another Jazzfest food and an all-time favourite of mine is Oyster Patties. Traditionally a holiday season appetizer, I usually fill up on these delicacies before even getting to the tryptophan filled bird on Thanksgiving. These bite-sized patty shells are filled with an oyster dressing as an hors d'oeuvre, but at Jazzfest, they use a larger shell to make it meal-sized.

And clean up is easy: just some blue Dawn dishwashing detergent and a wet-vac, something every bar and grill should have in stock.

Enjoy! and Bon Appetit!
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RE: When Food Meets Music: Jazzfest - ePhilosopher9 - 05-09-2010 09:38 AM
RE: When Food Meets Music: Jazzfest - paul - 05-09-2010, 09:43 PM

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