Cajun Shrimp Chowder

Match Day celebrations went all the way to Tuesday for me—a foreshadowing of Mardi Gras’ to come… TULANE! We are going from snow to swamp in two months, which will pass in a blink as did this very special day:

Match Day 8 Match Day 9 Match Day 10 Match Day 11  Match Day 13

Match Day Match Day 16

And to celebrate, my palette brushes dip into Bayou flavors for color and spice. And heat. Winter returneth to Minnesota, alas alak.

cajun shrimp chow

Cajun Shrimp Chowder

Adapted from Penzeys

2 lbs. potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

1 large onion, diced

2 TB. olive oil

1 TB. chili powder

1/4-1 tsp. crushed red peppers, to taste

4 ears sweet corn (or 1 15-oz. can), cooked and kernels removed

1 lb. tomatoes—4 medium (or 1 15-oz. can), seeded and chopped

1 qt. milk

1 8-oz. block cream cheese, softened

1-2 lbs. shelled shrimp, frozen or fresh

Place the potatoes in a kettle and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 8-10 minutes. While the potatoes boil, heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or large kettle. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add the chili powder and crushed red peppers and cook for 1 minute. Drain the potatoes and add to the kettle and stir gently to coat with oniony-chili powder goodness.

cajun shrimp chowder

Add the corn kernels and tomatoes and let cook for 10 minutes. Add to milk and bring to a simmer. Ladle out about half of the hot liquid into a blender with the cream cheese. Blend until smooth. Pour the liquid back into the kettle. Add the shrimp and gently simmer (do not boil) until the shrimp are cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add salt to taste and serve.

Wore the sorting hat for luck before the big day at the Foundation House:

Match Day 5 Match Day 6

Haiku #78 (Mar 19)

Flour falls from my

dishrag flanks to the yoga

mat—another kneading.

Haiku #79 (Mar 20)

Open the letter.

the tremor in your wrists is

breeze from the future.

Haiku #80 (Mar 21)

Special delivery:

Overnighted shot glasses

To clink to Tulane!

Haiku #81 (Mar 22)

To use suspenders

with scrub pants brings Uptown Funk

further up, past cool.

Haiku #82 (Mar 23)

Barium cocktail,

not shaken or stirred; inky

as a Bond montage.

2 thoughts on “Cajun Shrimp Chowder

  1. I LOVE this post for so many reasons! Wow, I didn’t realize that you get your match news in a public venue. What possibilities for high drama! You and KP are so very dapper looking in your fine get-ups at the match dinner. What a beautiful inside-and-out couple! And the haikus are masterpieces! I especially love knowing that some dear person overnighted Tulane shot glasses to you, and that you invented a grand suspenders-with-scrubs fashion style! 🙂

    1. Haha… My program director, actually! Thank you Susan! I am glad the drama has passed and we are left with a new stage before us, the curtains drawn, the lights yet to come on– the actors all waiting in the wings, ready to take their places.

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