Monday, May 28, 2012

Blogger Get Together 2012

We had our third annual Blogger Get Together yesterday on Tellico Lake at Larry and Beverly's home (Big Dude's Eclectic Ramblings).

This year our food theme was a Cajun crawfish and shrimp boil.  Since AJ and Katherine (Smoky Mountain Cafe) hale from Cajun country, they headed up the cooking activities but everyone pitched in, one way or another.  

Despite my earlier assertion that I would NOT eat crawfish, I did.  I even did the whole sucking the juices out of the head thing.  Shocker, right?  This avowed fish hater ate a mudbug and didn't choke.  It actually tasted good - spicy and slightly meaty in texture.    

I could go on and on about the day but let's just suffice it to say it couldn't be beat.

crawfish, mudbugs, crayfish, cajun, cajun boil,
The guests of honor.

Dave helping me prep the veggies in the morning.

AJ, Alexis, Jackie, and Dave hanging around the boiling action.

AJ "beating our lunch back into the pot" with a crawfish paddle ;)

The venue....

Alexis and Sam.

Katherine demonstrates how to properly eat a crawfish.

Sausage, crawfish, shrimp and veggies - an amazing meal.

AJ giving Alexis and Trevor lessons on how to eat a mud bug.

Our hostess shows she knows how to eat a crawfish.

What a spread of food!

AJ and Alexis on the jet ski.

The kids, just before the rope got caught on the shaft of the jet ski....

AJ spent an hour, 30 seconds at a time, under the water cutting the rope off of the shaft.

Larry giving margarita lessons.

We had a great time, I got to meet some new folks and we had a few new bloggers this year.  If you missed it this year, we hope you can join us next year!


  1. Looks like great fun and a beautiful day! I've never had crawfish before, but I'd love to give them a try.

  2. Darn! I'm coming next time...let me know. I'm driving down to Texas in September, will be coming new car! Whoot Hoo for the Cajun boil!

  3. Looks like it was a fun time, but, I just don't think I could eat the crawfish Chris! I don't think I could suck on the mud bug, so guess I'd have to eat sausage. Glad it was a great turnout though and the weather looks lovely.

  4. NUH-uh, no way, forget it ... not in a million years would you find me sucking any brains out of any crawdaddy head. Well...unless maybe if I had attended that marg demo of Larry's and drank a bunch of mind altering tequila. And by the way, he's drawn quite the crowd, please tell me he had a couple of hecklers.
    Nice first photo Chris. Wish I could have been there.

  5. And a fabulous time was had by all! :)

  6. Bummed I missed it this year! And I LOVE CAJUN food! Looks like ya'll ate well and had a blast!!

    I'm about to leave for the NC Mountains myself! I can't wait! we are taking all 3 dogs and doing a 14 hour road trip to stay in a Cabin on a river near Asheville.


  7. Looks like sooooo much fun! I wish I could have been there this year... flights were just too expensive!! Guess there's always next year :)

  8. Enjoyed meeting you Chris! We had a great time.

  9. Wow! What a feast!!!!This event sounds and looks fun!!!

  10. Hey Chris... Perfect host over the weekend! We had such a greet time, all went well on the way home, so Jackie is already planning next year! Will be working on my post of the weekend soon, but wanted to stop, say thanks and letting you know to plan on next year (and of course to get you excited about American Royal Roadtrip 2013... Chris and larry on the road... what's the worst that can happen???)

    Dave and Jackie

  11. Great pictorial Chris - I'm glad you got so many shots as I had very few. My post will be up tomorrow and thanks again for hepling it be a success.

  12. Looks like y'all had a great time! I've had mudbugs before but they were much smaller and way to much work to get any meat outa them.

  13. Ummm...I suppose my invitation got lost in the mail?!? So I'm not EAST Tennessee...I'm WEST...just a bit...maybe next year! You know what they call people who suck brains, right? Zombies. I just have one question, do you always have to wear bug repellent?! Make that two...were there snakes in the water? I've got the name of your first cookbook...Margaritas & Mudbugs...good, no?

  14. You really got some great shots of the party, Chris. We had a blast and can't wait to get together with everyone again, especially since Alexis and I know where to buy beer on a Sunday! haha!

  15. What an awesome time! Good for you for trying a crawfish... I still have never tried one. Can an Oregonian come next year? Pretty please with sugar on top?

  16. Looks like so much fun. I saw some of the pics on Sam's blog too. Maybe someday I'll get to join you all!

  17. I am SO jealous! If only you all wanted to travel just a couple days further west, I know that Jenn and I would happily host! Not that I could offer you an authentic crawfish anything... It all looks delicious!

  18. Looks like such fun and the meal looks delicious! I haven't seen Dave in a long time, that was a nice surprise. I sure hope to be able to make the trip next year. I would love to be part of the fun!


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