Bold Turquoise

Mar 15 2011

Cooking on the Edge

I stared in bewilderment at these-

And The Carpenter walked in the kitchen and asked, with an amused expression, as though there was no possible way that I could have remotely considered doing the opposite of what he was saying, “Did you buy shelled and deveined shrimp?”

“No.”  I said, still staring, knife in hand.

“Why not?” He said, in a state of mild shock and awe.

“Well, the only ones they had at the store that were deveined were already cooked and I needed to cook them in butter to get the full flavor… and The Pioneer Woman said…”

His uproarious laughter could not be contained!  It all become clear to him- The Pioneer Woman told me to, so OF COURSE I blindly obeyed!

I may or may not have a slight obsession with her.

I mean her cooking.

And her books.

And her blog.

Anyway, he bought me The Pioneer Woman’s amazing and absolutely beautiful cookbook for Valentine’s Day and I have been trying out a smattering of her recipes over the last few weeks.  This one was the greatest departure for me though.  Not only was I going to have to shell and devein shrimp for the first time in my adult life ( I think I did it with my grandmother sometime around the age of 9, which probably really only meant that I watched her and said “Gross!”), but I was also making a largely tomato-based dish.

I don’t eat tomatoes- not in ANY form!  No pizza sauce, no pasta sauce, no caprese, no ketchup!  I DON’T EAT TOMATOES!

But my family does and I don’t want to raise picky little people like myself.  And to be honest, I have been trying to slowly grapple with the fact that it may be more of a psychological than actual taste aversion, which blows my mind and makes me want to commit myself.  Although there is that whole texture thing… anyhow- you get the point.  This was a break through, to not only be making something with tomato sauce but planning on eating it as well!

What’s that?  I just saw a pig fly.

But alright- step one- tackle those shrimp.  I called my mother.  Why?  I have no idea.  I doubt she has ever peeled a shrimp in her life.  I grew up on tuna casserole and anything from a box.  I love her, but it’s true.  She’s getting better in her “old age” (she just turned 50, so I really can’t help myself- I have to say that!  It’s my official job to tease her!), but seriously- I guess it was just for emotional support.

I contemplated asking The Carpenter to do it, but finally decided this was my battle to wage.  If not now, when?!

I managed and it wasn’t even as bad as I had imagined.  Many of them had incredibly clean digestive systems which helped me out tremendously.  I have to say, though, that I am really glad they didn’t have heads.  I’m not one to get sentimental over my food.  For goodness sake, I became a vegetarian in high school purely for the reason that meat grossed me out, not for some higher moral cause.  But if I had been forced to tear the legs off those babies when they still had heads, I’m not sure I would have been able to do it.

Sentimental over a shrimp.  Who knew?!

All in all- I braved the cooking and the eating of the entire meal and it truly was delicious!  You just can’t go wrong with The Pioneer Woman!

And I’m tremendously proud of myself! 🙂  I feel like a bon-a-fide cook now and have greatly widened my palet!  Thank you Ree Drummond- I couldn’t have done it without you!

Oh- and this little guy! My cooking entertainment!

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11 thoughts on “Cooking on the Edge

  1. Allison

    Mmm shrimp. That looks really good. And really, no ketchup even? How did I never know this about you??? 🙂 Loved the post!

    1. boldturquoise Post author

      haha- I know, my quirky eating habits! I try not to be to forth-right about it- my pickiness embarrasses me! Hmmmm… and I just blogged about it for the whole world to see…

      Glad you found my new diggs!

  2. Julieanne

    I’ve deveined shrimp numerous times here…but I do admit that I prefer now to buy the raw shrimp already deveined and shelled, with tail on or off. It feels like I’m spoiling myself to buy them this way…but it takes so much less time to prepare!

    I’ve noticed, though, that sometimes the shrimp aren’t quite deveined all the way, so I need to get in there and help with a few of them, so it’s a good skill to know how to do! 🙂

    Glad you were able to do this and enjoy the recipe! Sounds nummy!


  3. Lynann

    Lol! I made that one just last week! Yes, it was very tasty and my little ones even ate it as leftovers, which isn’t that common for them. Of course, I LOVE tomatoes, but my husband and daughter lean more towards your opinion. Though they both eat ketchup and my husband likes salsa, which makes no sense to me at all. 🙂

  4. Grandma Monroe

    I I just love your cooking instructions, reminds me of my self when I was your age I was always calling my mother more for moral support than any thing, the first turkey I fixed was right after I had the twins and I must of called my mother every 10 minutes it was a joke in the family for a long time. I bet you are a great cook and you sound like a great mom. It is nice to know you ate what you cooked and loved it, kudoes to you sweetie. Your shrimp looked so good yumm I loved all of your comments keep up the good work.

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