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“Enjoy a Minnesota Crawfish Boil!”

Recipe:

It doesn’t get any better then this!

  • 5-7 pounds per person; live crawfish
  • 2 pounds Chorizo sausage
  • 1 pound mussels
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle Crystal Hot Sauce
  • 1 to 2 (26-ounce) boxes of table salt
  • 3 ounces Zatarain’s Shrimp & Crab Boil liquid concentrate (3/4 of a 4-ounce bottle)
  • 3 ounces cayenne pepper
  • 8 to 10 Red potatoes
  • 6 to 8 ears of corn-on-the cob
  • 4 onions, cut in half
  • 2 Lemons, cut in half

Instructions:

  1. Purge the crawfish in water to remove sand particles. Soak in fresh water for 10 minutes.
  2. While you’re waiting, fill an 80-quart pot (fitted with a strainer insert) halfway with water and bring to a boil over a large outdoor burner over high heat. Add hot sauce, salt, Zatarain’s, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Add potatoes and onions to the pot. (No need to peel.) Boil vegetables for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cover a table with newspapers, flattened cardboard boxes, or plastic trays for serving the crawfish.
  4. Add half the crawfish to the pot. After 5 minutes turn off the heat, cover, and let the crawfish steep to absorb the flavors for 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and dump on the table. Repeat with the rest of the crawfish (you can boil 2 to 3 batches of crawfish in the same water-seasoning mixture).
  5. Eat plain or with dippin’ sauces like cocktail sauce, mayonnaise, ketchup, or Tabasco.

Your probably wondering, “Where’s the beer?” Believe you me, while sitting with friend and neighbors enjoying one of life’s delicious delicacies — you’ll be drinking plenty of beer! If you don’t have the time to catch them yourself, here is a great site to order fresh live crawfish! [www.folseseafood.com] Order the day before…shipped to your door the next morning!

Fat Man’s Landing, MN

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“I love Morels!”

A simple reminder…once you start to see Lilacs blooming, it’s time
to start looking for mushrooms.
Look for trees loosing their bark on south-facing hillsides, especially
towards the bottom of the hill!

Fat Man’s Landing, MN

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Nature finds me every year — when the water drips from my roof, the brown breast of a Robin magically appears outside my window and my curiosity turns to homemade Maple Syrup and scouring the WEB for Maple Syrup Tours and where to buy tapping equipment.

March is the time when words like, “sugar bush, spile and sugar maple begin to flow through the minds of experienced and want-to-be tappers. This weekend I visited the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for their Annual Pancake Brunch & Maple Syrup Tour. It was a beautiful day, with many adventurers and families looking to explore and enjoy the taste of real maple syrup — poured over stacks of hot pancakes.

For me — the beginning of each season is like the opening preview to a great movie and waiting is summers performance. Until then, I will smack my lips, and watch, as I savor syrup made from my own maple trees.

Note: If you’ve never seen maple trees tapped or how sap is drawn and boiled to make syrup, I suggest you visit one of the many Twin Cities Maple Syrup Events held this time of year.
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