Christmas Corner

Christmas is for children. But it is for grown-ups too. Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide-bound hearts.
- Lenora Mattingly Weber



Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.
- Larry Wilde



Christmas has lost its meaning for us because we have lost the spirit of expectancy. We cannot prepare for an observance. We must prepare for an experience.
- Handel H. Brown



Christmas is the day that holds all time together.
- Alexander Smith



Crawfish Etoufee Recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 cup onions, chopped
1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
3/4 tsp. garlic powder (or fresh garlic, chopped)
3 1/3 oz. tomato paste
3/4 cup oil
1 1/4 cup flour
1 1/4 tsp. black pepper or to taste
1 Tbl. salt or to taste
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper or to taste
1 quart + 1 1/3 cup BOILING water
2 lbs. crawfish tails
2 Tbls. butter
green onions
1/4 oz. flat leaf parsley (optional)

Directions:

Step 1:
Heat oil to 200 degrees and add flour and cook on LOW heat 10 minutes - stirring constantly. DO NOT BROWN DARK.

Step 2:
Add onions, bell pepper, tomato paste, and garlic powder and cook for 15 minutes. Stir.

Step 3:
Add boiling water, black pepper, cayenne pepper, salt and cook for 20 minutes.

Step 4:
Add crawfish tails and butter (if not fresh packs of crawfish tails). Cook for 20 minutes.

Step 5:
Add green onions and parsley and cook for about 5 minutes.

Step 6:
Serve over rice.

Note: You MUST have all ingredients prepared and IN SEQUENCE as needed BEFORE STARTING. You do not have any time to stop once you begin cooking.

Picadilly's recipe