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Rainy days can mean good fishing and food

Well, folks, needless to say, we have a little bit of rain.

On a positive note, the rain is good for the shrimping, crabbing and the fishing. My good friend Shannon Holdren and party took a field trip up to Lake Santee Cooper River and were vacationing on the freshwater Riviera. Shannon and crew landed a catfish so huge, the fish took over their camper.

He was then adopted by Shannon and his wife, Denise.

Well that`s enough for fishing tales this week. Let`s get down to a college-gameday seafood recipe. Like spicy food? Then you will love this recipe for low-country shrimp and grits. The recipe is from Food Network. I always add a touch of my own to spice things up and will do the same with this one.

What You Need
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon fresh cracked black pepper…hint, hint
1 cup stone-ground yellow grits
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon Tabasco
2½ ounces sharp cheddar
1½ pounds large jumbos peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ pound sliced andouille sausage
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1½ chopped fresh jalapenos, remove seeds
½ stick butter
2 small red peppers, chopped
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
¼ cup good red wine, then pour the rest in your cup
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
Sliced scallions and lots of them


Bring milk, butter, salt and pepper to a boil in large saucepan. Stir in grits, pepper sauce and pepper flakes over low heat. Cook for about 45-50 minutes, add cheese and stir.

In another saucepan, toss shrimp for about three minutes. Add sausage and garlic, and cook for about five more minutes. Combine parsley garlic, peppers, shrimp, sausage and butter with other ingredients.

Place grits in a shallow bowl and serve with shrimp and sausage mixture. Garnish with fresh chopped scallions, and you are ready for game time. Serve up with an ice cold Stella Artois beer, and the party has begun.

Remember what Old Tight Line always said: “When you can`t go fishing, enjoy a good meal.”
That`s it for this week, folks.

Tight Line Jr.
Living the tight-line life from the coast.

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