What is a Seafood Boil?

A seafood boil in the United States is a dish consisting of local, seasonal seafood boiled outdoors in a large pot with various seasonings and served primarily at outdoor gatherings. Seafood boils are usually indirect heat (boiling) but can be direct heat if done indoors over an open flame or grill. Places like Angry Crab Shack include seafood boils as a cornerstone of their menus.

Typical sources include shrimp, crayfish (crawfish), lobster, crab legs and any other seafood. Common spices include Old Bay Seasoning (or a Cajun blend) as well as garlic, lemon or lime juice, parsley or cilantro and leeks or green onions. Alternate seasonings are bay leaf, black pepper, paprika, chili powder, dill and celery salt.

The name “seafood boil” is given to this meal because the spices and seasonings are boiled with the seafood, rather than eaten separately like a marinade. The term “feast” has also been bandied about as being synonymous with “boil.” Typically done outside on grills or in large pots, seafood boils are a popular way to serve meals in the southern United States. In Louisiana, crawfish is usually served during Lent when meat is not allowed, and it is also boiled for other occasions.

Angry Crab Shack

In Cajun country, where boiled crawfish is most popular, people gather to boil crawfish and eat them as they come instead of doing a full seafood boil. Sauce is preferred, but not essential (as the crawfish are seasoned) and ranges from a flavorful cayenne pepper sauce to a spice mixture.

The traditional seafood boil and its ingredients were brought over by the French as they settled in Louisiana, joining the Native Americans who lived there and boiled their seafood in large pots over open fires, which was likely a more common practice at that time.

3 Ways To Get Extra Food This Summer

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a financial strain on nearly every individual on the planet. While government resources have provided some financial aid, it hasn’t quite met the challenge of ensuring that every American has food to put on the table.

If you are struggling with ways to feed your family during these unprecedented times, consider the following methods to get extra food for your family during the summer months.

Food Banks

Every city has at least one local food bank that any resident can take advantage of. Food banks typically offer the staples such as:

•    Bread

•    Milk

•    Canned Or Fresh Vegetables

•    Fruit

•    Grains & Rice

They are accessible to the public and generally don’t require anything other than a government id. Going to a food bank can supply a family of four with enough food to last approximately three days, and banks generally allow up to 2 visits per week.

Government Programs

summer meals programs

Individuals can apply for many state and local benefits that provide food assistance. The most popular one being a SNAP, or food stamp program. This provides families with a predetermined amount of money each month to spend on groceries.

Additionally, since meal programs are only provided during the school year, many organizations are dedicated to feeding children through summer meals programs. Registration for these programs can be done online or in-person and require at least one child 17 or under to be eligible.

Restaurants

Restaurants frequently offer free meals on a person’s birthday. Check your local restaurants to see what free meal specials they offer.

Additionally, those individuals who work in a restaurant may be able to take home any food leftover at the end of the day. This is a great way to provide supplemental food assistance to your family.

5 Reasons You Should Eat Tacos

When tacos are part of the men, everyone is happy. Kids love tacos just as much as adults and that accomplishment is not always so easy. They’re easy to prepare, fast to prepare, and can be made in tons of varieties to take care of everyone’s taste desires. Take a look at our list of the 5 top reasons you should eat tacos as often as possible and learn how to make them your own as soon as you can.

1- Variety

There are hundreds of ways to make tacos so if you have them every night of the week you can always get a new flavor and taste to keep the taste buds satisfied. How’s that for winning and easy meal planning?

2- Price

Another big reason to eat tacos as often as you can is because they are cheap to prepare, even when feeding a large crowd of people. Now, messy isn’t so simple, because tacos can be messy, but at least they’re cheap.

3- Food Trucks

The best tacos are found on food trucks and you can check out the awesome Phoenix food truck festival to find this out firsthand. Simply pick your favorite (or try them all at least once) and enjoy tacos the way you should.

4- Its Tacos

Everyone loves tacos. We take extra time on lunch for tacos. We allow the red sauce to drip down our chins in the name of tacos. Is there more reason to eat tacos?

Phoenix food truck festival

5- Fun to Eat

We all love those homemade meals like grandma used to make but sometimes we need food that is fun to make and fun to eat. Tacos fill both categories as you will learn when they become part of your regular men.