Christmas Corner

Christmas – that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance – a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.
- Augusta E. Rundel



One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly.
- Andy Rooney



Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.
- Ruth Carter Stapleton



Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.
- Mary Ellen Chase



Shrimp and Crabmeat Quiche Recipe

Ingredients:
2 deep dish pie shells (Mrs. Smiths)
1 pkg. Monterey Jack cheese, grated
1 onion, chopped fine
12 mushrooms, chopped (optional)
Tony Chachere's seasoning, to taste
1 stick butter
1 pint whipping cream
5 eggs
1 pkg. mild Cheddar, grated
1 bell pepper, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 lb. crabmeat
1 lb. raw shrimp

Directions:

Step 1:
Saute onions, bell pepper, celery, and mushrooms until soft.

Step 2:
Mix whipping cream and eggs until thoroughly blended.

Step 3:
Grate cheeses together and set aside.

Step 4:
Saute shrimp in butter; add crabmeat; do not cook for very long.

Step 5:
Put pie shells in glass pie plates for an even crust.

Step 6:
Start layering with onion mixture, then cheese, then shrimp and crab, then whipping cream/egg mixture. Layer until all ingredients are exhausted. Top with cheese or lattice with pie crust.

Step 7:
Place pie pans on cookie sheets as filling tends to bubble over while cooking. Cook in a preheated 325 degree oven for approximately 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Note: This freezes very well and makes a little more than 2 deep dish pies.

Recipe compliments of Jo Paula Lantier of LSU Sea Grant Department