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Lou and Lucy's Leftovers: A new take on Thanksgiving appetizers

I trust everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. Sick of turkey yet? Ready for the next round of holiday celebrations?

Hang on to your hats; there is no escaping. Perhaps that’s not true. One could dash off to a tropical island and drink rum drinks by the swaying palm trees ( ... not such a bad idea.)

If you do, have a great time and use your sunscreen. I, however, will march forward and start to plan. For starters, here’s a new-to-me appetizer I made for T-day. It was a big hit.

Deviled Shrimp

Take 2 pounds of good, frozen shrimp. Farm-raised-from-wherever won’t fly for this. (I like wild caught, American shrimp.)

Thaw the shrimp and peel them, then cook them in boiling water for less than 3 minutes. They should be just cooked. Remove and rinse in cold water. If they are large (or if you want them to go farther), half them lengthwise.

For marinade whisk together:

2 cloves pureed garlic

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon red or white wine vinegar

½ cup fresh lemon juice

¼ cup olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

Pour over:

1 lemon and 1 medium red onion sliced very thinly

1 cup pitted, sliced black olives,

2 tablespoons of chopped roasted red pepper

1 bay leaf

Dash or 2 of Tabasco

Chopped parsley

Mix marinade in with the shrimp and chill for up to 3 hours. Serve with thin slices of lightly-toasted French bread.

If you bring this to a party, your fortune cookie will read: You will gain instant popularity!

— Lucy

Sounds nice. I experimented with a spatchcocked turkey this year. Did 2 ahead of time and recycled the 2 carcasses for the richest turkey broth and gravy ever made.

Since you have already had your say, I’ll just say: Oh, baby, oh, baby, bring on Christmas!

— Lou

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