Now that we have eaten all of the turkey and dressing we can hold, it is time to think of eating something nonfat. What is that?

I first thought of vegetables and that is good; then maybe fish or shrimp or crawfish. That sounds good. However, by the time I got the computer to come on, I had forgotten just what I planned to give you. Any type of fish is good, however; you’d have to add some kind of sauce, then rice, then up go the calories.

I forgot about good candied sweet potatoes. Five potatoes sliced, 1 stick of butter or oleo and 2 cups of sugar; cook on low until potatoes are tender.

Shrimp Etouffee

• 1 pound peeled shrimp
• 1 stick margarine
• 4 heaping tablespoons all purpose flour
• 1 chopped onion
• 1 stalk chopped celery
• 1 chopped green bell pepper
• 2 gloves garlic minced
• 1 tablespoon paprika
• 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley and onion tops
• 2 cups water
• salt and pepper to taste or favorite seasoning.

Melt margarine in a heavy aluminum frying pan. Do not use an iron pot. Season shrimp (or crawfish). Add one tablespoon paprika. Simmer two to three minutes, remove and set aside. Add chopped onion, bell pepper and garlic to skillet and simmer about 10 minutes. Return shrimp to pot, add two cups water, stir, and cook slowly for about 40 minutes. Add water as needed. Serve over rice and top with chipped onion tops and parsley. This is also good with lobster.

Not to the new younger generation of cooks. Oleo is margarine and all purpose flour is your every day flour. Also  you can use margarine or oleo in place of butter. I had a request for the information. Sorry, we tend to forget some might not know these things.

Hope your new year is great. Make a New Year’s resolution to send me your favorite recipe. My fax is my phone number– 735-4233. 

Easy and everything is Gooder’n Syrup. Von