About a week and a half ago, my blog friend, Erika, blogged about something called "a low country boil." And in the blog comments, people were either "This is the best thing ever" or "What are you talking about?" I was in the "What are you talking about?" category, and Erika commented that I needed to host a Georgia-themed party with low country boil, banana pudding and "Coke of course" since it's from Atlanta. (And you all know how much I love my Coke!) And just like that, my birthday party was set. Erika even agreed to be our Southern/Georgia expert :)
Dave and I came up with a menu, using all the knowledge I've picked up from reading blogs (I knew we HAD TO have sweet tea, of course!), a few of our own stereotypes (mint juleps, anyone?), and advice from Erika (the Old Bay Low Country Boil recipe, banana pudding, and something called "Redneck Caviar"). Basically we were all set.
Sadly, Canadian stores weren't very accommodating of our party theme, so while we found some Old Bay seasoning...
...we had to make do for some of the other items, including Ro-Tel. We mixed a can of tomatoes with a can of green chiles and called it done.
A few hours before the party we bought the last of the items we needed and made the banana pudding. Since we couldn't find Pepperidge Farms Chessmen cookies, we substituted shortbread cookies and hoped it was good.
Our sweet tea was ready to go!
I'm surprised you didn't all hear my shriek of excitement and COMPLETE SURPRISE when my friend, Jen, showed up with a can of Ro-Tel for my birthday present!!! In fact, I left her at the door and ran up the stairs, can in hand, yelling like a maniac, to show Dave! Then I ran back downstairs and hugged Jen. And now I have a question for you all -- I have one precious can of Ro-Tel in my possession. What recipe do I absolutely have to make with it??? Choose wisely :)
We decided that if the low country boil (LCB) didn't turn out, we would just order a bunch (more) pizza and hopefully everyone would enjoy the story of the party that had the worst food ever. (We ordered pizza for the kids because we didn't know if they would be into the LCB.)
Dave looking skeptical as he makes the LCB.
As the time drew nearer, my friend and I covered our picnic table with paper (to be authentic) and everyone gathered around. Dave brought out the first round of food...
And then he dumped it...
And then we dug in.
And there was not much talking because there was a whole lot of eating going on. You guys, if you have never had this, either get yourself to Georgia or tackle it on your own. We used farmer's sausage from Saskatchewan (to give it a Canadian twist! Ha!), and it was amazing. We were all trying to figure out which different occasions we could make it for. And Tim and Janice commented that they own a whole jar of Old Bay seasoning which was really good to know :)
Me and Dave, who orchestrated the whole thing,
including bringing Erika on board as our official party consultant. He rocks!
We ate, and talked, and ate some more. Even the kids ate, although they got pizza. Of course, Sam and Rachel ate the LCB which completely made me laugh. Sam might have eaten more shrimp than I did! Especially once we explained to him that he needed to peel it :)
And then after we had eaten ourselves into a food coma, there was dessert. Keeping It Klassy with our kids' picnic table as the dessert table. Ha ha ha!!!
I kept telling Dave that it was "the best birthday party ever!!!" and it truly was. I loved celebrating with all my friends!!! I loved and adored the food!!! It was just so much fun!!! And the best part was that yesterday I got to eat all the party leftovers so the goodness just kept on. Sadly, there was no leftover LCB :( Boo. However, we do have more corn, shrimp, and potatoes in our kitchen, and Tim and Janice have a bunch of Old Bay seasoning, so while this might have been our first LCB, it definitely won't be our last one!!!