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pi Day = 3.14 “Cheesy Crab Pie”

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I like theme days! They’re like simplified, fun holidays! You? In honor of 3.14, March 14th, we made Pie for pi day! Specifically, this is an easy, cheesy Crab Pie!

(More photos after these not too wordy instructions)

Ingredients:
2- 9″ deep pie crusts (baked 3 minutes and cooled)
1 lb. lump crab meat *
4 eggs
2 Tbsp. flour
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup whole milk
12 oz. shredded Swiss cheese
8 oz. shredded Cheddar cheese
3 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
1- Tbsp. finely chopped onion
1- Tbsp. finely chopped green pepper
Directions:
1) preheat oven to 350*F
2) whisk together eggs, milk, flour, seasoning
3) fold in mayo
4) add crab, cheeses, onion, & pepper
5) divide evenly into two pie shells
6) bake for 50 minutes
*) optional, create a “pi” template, then sprinkle seasoning spices (Old Bay) into the negative space of the template to create the pi 💞👍👍

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I served it with a sauté of squash, zucchini, carrots, & onions.

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Happy “pi Day,” Friends!
😊 — Amber Hamilton Henson

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Quick Crab Bisque!

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Serves: Serves 6

Ingredients
1 pound lump crab meat
2 stalks celery, reserve the celery leaves, finely diced (about ¾ cup)
1 cup of shredded/grated “matchstick” carrots
1 clove garlic, minced
celery leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1-2 cups fresh spinach leaves
3 tablespoons reduced fat butter
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups half-‘n’-half
½ cup sherry (can use cooking sherry)
3 tablespoon all-purpose flour
black pepper, to taste

Instructions
Melt the butter over medium heat in a large pot. Add the carrots and celery, cook until just softened, 5-7 minutes. Sprinkle in the flour, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Pour in the sherry until all absorbed, stir, browning slightly for 1-2 minutes. Add chicken broth, add the garlic, chopped celery leaves, chopped parsley, spinach, and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook for 3-5 minutes. Reduce heat, stir in light cream, stir and cook over low heat until heated through, then add crab meat, stir, and serve!
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Enjoy! Daughter paired it with garlic cheese toast!
💞😃

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Your Friend, AmberHH

Coconut Shrimp and Spicy Orange Marmalade Dip!

Happy New Year!!
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First, let’s make the dip, so it can refrigerate while you prepare and cook shrimp in a few minutes! The dip is easy! I use sweet orange marmalade, spicy brown mustard, and hot horseradish! (1 cup, 4 teaspoons, 2 teaspoons)
See? Easy! Just stir well and pop that bowl in the ‘fridge. 😉
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Now, let’s put these shrimp together!

1) Get out three cereal size bowls. In first bowl, combine egg, 1/2 cup flour, 2/3 cup of beer and 1.5 teaspoons baking powder. Place 1/4 cup flour in a second bowl, and coconut in a third bowl.

2) Hold shrimp by tail, and dredge in flour, shaking off excess flour. Dip in egg/beer batter; allow excess to drip off. Roll shrimp in coconut, and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oil to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) in a deep-fryer.

3) Fry shrimp in batches: cook, turning once, for 2 to 4 minutes (depending on size of your shrimp), or until golden brown. Using tongs, remove shrimp to paper towels to drain. Serve warm with your spicy orange dipping sauce!
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The temp of the oil is important. If it’s not hot enough, your batter will be greasy and they’ll take longer to cook. If your oil is too hot, your batter, especially coconut will burn before the shrimp cooks through to the middle.
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Photos: (click on photo to enlarge)

See? Here is a photo showing on the left what happens if oil is 400*F for 3 minutes, on the right is 350*F for 4 minutes.

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Don’t do what I did with my first batch! Deal? Deal!
Do this:

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Your Friend,
~ Amber Hamilton Henson

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(Quote: Your True Nature Is Luminous!)
Love that!! 🙂