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Lil Moo & Chive Cheese Grits

Sorry for the radio silence yesterday.  It’s been a busy week!

To quickly catch y’all up (kind of), after our Cheese Making 101 Class at Sweet Grass Dairy, we met my parents in town.  They were in Thomasville for the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival, which they attend fairly religiously each year.  Check out the key chain they picked up for me!

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Isn’t it perfect?  It’s from Mark Lexton, and if Santa is listening, I would love, love, LOVE an oyster necklace…. Specifically this one… or this one (with a hidden bail)…

Just sayin’.  In case Santa is reading this right now.

Mark Lexton totally counts as a Friday Find today, amiright?

Anyway, they were finished up there and were busy walking around town, checking out the shops.  Wheat and I popped in to The Bookshelf to pick up a South West Georgia Living magazine, which I had discovered at The Bean earlier Saturday morning.  I am really impressed with it and had never heard of it before!  I highly recommend picking one up, if you’re local.  Anyway, then we popped into Grassroots really quickly for Wheat to grab a cuppa joe.  After walking around Toscoga Marketplace and A Different Drummer, we walked down to where else?  The Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop.  Guess we hadn’t gotten our fill!

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We had a happy hour drink and caught up on the day, then moseyed on back to Bainbridge.

Back at home, we cooked some fresh smoked and jalapeño cheese venison sausage from a deer Wheat killed a couple weeks ago.  Wheat had it processed at Jones Meats, and GOSH that sausage was delicious!!  But you know what they say: there are two things you never should see being made: laws and sausage.  And although I have no pictures to show you of this sausage being made, I did try to take a couple pictures of the sausage before we cooked it, and let me tell you: there is no way to make that look appetizing or appropriate.  So we’ll move on.

My dad had a friend turn an old gravel gate from the river into something to cook over a fire years and years (and years!) ago for our camp at Sweetwater.  We never used it there really anymore, so he got his friend to cut it down and add handles to use over our fire pit!  We hadn’t built a fire since last winter, so this was our first chance to use it.  Wheat cooked the sausage over the fire pit, and it was perfect!

Jalapeno Cheese Venison Sausage from Jones Meats | Oysters & Pearls

Before we left the house Saturday morning, I had brined some pork chops for us to have later that night.  I’ve blogged about my pork chop brine before, so I won’t rehash the brine recipe here.  But it makes a plain old pork chop SO juicy and awesome.  I also whipped a stick of room temperature salted butter with some fresh chopped chives for topping the pork chops.  Yum!

Porkchops, Cheese Grits, Collard Greens, & Cornbread- A Perfectly Southern Meal | Oysters & Pearls

My mom brought the collards from home (we usually cook collards in big batches and freeze them in quart bags, which are perfect for just such an occasion), and chives were the theme of the evening, as while the sausage cooked, I made chive and lil moo cheese grits, inspired by this recipe on The Kitchn.

Freshly Cut Chives for Chive & Cheese Grits | Oysters & Pearls

Instead of goat cheese, however, I used some Sweet Grass Dairy Lil Moo fresh cheese.

Grits for Chive and Lil Moo Cheese Grits Recipe | Oysters & Pearls

Chive & Lil Moo Cheese Grits Recipe
adapted from The Kitchn

ingredients

– 2 cups milk (low fat or whole)
– 2 cups water
– 1 cup grits
– 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
– 1/4 teaspoon (a big pinch) freshly ground pepper
– 3 to 4 tablespoons minced chives
– half of a container of Lil Moo fresh cheese (can sub with half a cup (or more) goat cheese, cream cheese, ricotta, whatever cheese your heart desires)

instructions

Bring milk and water to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat.  Be really careful, as it’s really easy to let milk boil over!  Just as it starts bubbling, whisk in the grits in a slow but steady pour.  Keep whisking until it starts to thicken, about 2 minutes.  Turn the heat down to low and cover the pot.  Simmer for 40 minutes or so, whisking the grits around every 5 minutes or so to keep them from forming a crispy layer on the bottom of the pan.  Just before serving, mix in the chives, seasoning, and cheese.  If they start to stiffen up or get cold before you can mix the cheese in, add a splash of water or milk and heat them back up.  You can just keep them covered until everything else is ready to go, then mix in cheese and chives.

How to Make Cheese Grits | Oysters & Pearls

Or no chives, and cheddar cheese, or smoked gouda, or whatever you want to do with them.  Toss some shrimp on the side and call it a day, if you must.

Chive & Lil Moo Cheese Grits | Oysters & Pearls

Always let your conscience be your guide.

No shrimp here though.  We had the aforementioned pork chops, collards, and lil moo cheese grits.  And all the plates were cleaned, and all the people were happy.

Porkchops, Cheese Grits, Collard Greens, & Cornbread- A Perfectly Southern Meal | Oysters & Pearls Lil Moo & Chive Cheese Grits, Brined Pork Chop with Herb Butter, & Collard Greens | Oysters & Pearls

And on Sunday –  the main reason my parents spent the night with us Saturday night – Wheat and my dad got up early and built a wood shed!

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Of course, Babe has to christen it properly.

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And the finished product is pretty great!

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It also doubles as a great spot to hang the fire pit grill. :)  It’s nothing fancy, but it sure is nice to have somewhere to put the firewood to keep it dry.  It’s supposed to be an extra cold winter (so says my Daddy and the Farmer’s Almanac), so I’m awfully grateful for it!

In other news, I’m a week behind now, basically, but whatevs.  I hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me!  Anybody got any big plans this weekend?  Wheat has big plans for duck hunting, and I have lots and lots of projects on the brain for while he’s out of the house.  Oh, and making pie crusts ahead of time becauseholycowhowisitalreadyThanksgiving!?!?!

On the bright side, that means I’ll have a pie recipe to share with you, and a recipe, aka how to make, collard greens.  Happy Almost Thanksgiving!

And don’t forget to head over to Pink Flamingo Style to check out her favorite things and a chance to enter the Bloggers’ Favorite Things giveaway!  I wrapped my present yesterday, and can’t wait to ship it off to the winner!  Stay tuned to find out the other bloggers’ favorite things (including mine)!

Until Next Time

 

 

 

 

 

Baked Shrimp n Grits

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you already know what I’m going to be posting about today.  If so, forget the leftovers you already saw and focus on this.

I love cheese grits.  I love shrimp.  I love anything that is essentially a conduit for hot sauce.  Enter shrimp and grits.

Baked Shrimp 'n Grits, via Oysters & Pearls

This recipe is an easy baked version that takes about 20 minutes of prep and an hour of bake time.  I got the recipe for the baked cheese grits from a coworker back at Christmas time, and I’ve been meaning to try it with shrimp for a while now.  It was a hit!  Easy and quick to assemble, then I get an hour to clean up (which was minimal) and work on whatever hundred other projects I inevitably have going on.

Shrimp N Grits, via Oysters & Pearls

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Baked Shrimp and Grits Casserole

– 6 cups water

– 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking grits, dry

– 3/4 stick of salted butter (6 Tablespoons)

– 1 pound block of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

– 2 teaspoons Lawry’s Seasoning Salt

– 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (or 5 teaspoons of Crystal, if you’re an addict like me)

– 2 teaspoons salt (only if using unsalted butter)

– 1 teaspoon garlic powder

– 3 large eggs, beaten

Shrimp N Grits, via Oysters & Pearls 3

directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9×13 baking dish.  In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil and stir in grits.  Remove from the heat and mix in butter and cheese, stirring until both are melted.  Add Lawry’s, hot sauce, salt (if using unsalted butter), and garlic powder.  Once the mixture has cooled slightly, fold in the eggs very slowly.  Pour into prepared baking dish.  Top with fresh or frozen peeled and deveined shrimp.  I “cheated” and used frozen!

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Bake 45 minutes to an hour (it took a full hour for mine), or until the top is lightly browned and the middle of the grits are firm.  Serve with more hot sauce (duh).

Shrimp N Grits Essentials, via Oysters & Pearls

We had ours with a fresh from Harvest Moon salad!

Shrimp n Grits with Salad and Crystal, via Oysters & Pearls

You could also prepare the grits alone, and cook fresh shrimp separately… but I’m a big fan of cooking it all together.  It was just too easy, and the shrimp cooked perfectly.

Shrimp n Grits with Hot Sauce, via Oysters & Pearls

Rivers of Crystal.  Not to be confused with Crystal River, a chain seafood restaurant.

Home Grown and Dried Oregano on Salad, via Oysters & Pearls

The salad was fresh organic Harvest Moon lettuce, HM banana pepper, and HM cukes, topped with my new home grown and  dried oregano!  More on that tomorrow.  Not really a Friday Find, but whatev.

 This was a great weeknight supper because it was easy, but it makes a lot (next time I’ll halve the recipe for just the two of us), so it would be a great weekend dinner with friends!  The grits would also make an excellent side dish for a fish fry, which is also a fun weekend activity… can you tell I’m ready for the weekend?

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