Shrimp Thermidor {recipe} + Creating Traditions

tra·di·tion

trəˈdiSH(ə)n/
noun
  1. 1.
    the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way
I was thinking back to when I was younger and my own family’s Thanksgiving traditions.  It was not uncommon for us to host a multitude of people, both family and friends – sometimes as many as 20 or more.  We had a giant 1000 piece puzzle of the American flag and every Thanksgiving we would pull it out and work on it during the time all of us were together.  After the festivities were over and everyone had gone home, the puzzle would be put away until next year.  Each year the puzzle would be brought back out – it took years to finish!  But it was tradition.  And to kick off the Christmas season, on Thanksgiving night we would watch Miracle on 34th Street (the original).  Every year.  I still love that movie and it reminds me of my childhood.


During Christmas time, I remember going out and getting a real tree, the smell of fresh cut wood and fir in our garage, and the excitement of decorating the tree.  Going to church for Christmas Eve service and singing “Silent Night” as we lit candles.  Plus one tradition I’m going to share with you – our Christmas Eve dinner.

 

The best part of traditions is when two families become one and you start to share.  The Big Guy says he doesn’t remember any traditions of his family that differed greatly from mine, so it was an easy combination.  I have been blessed to share some of my childhood traditions with him and start a few new ones just for us, things that we can pass on to our kids.


At first I tried to watch Miracle on 34th Street on Thanksgiving night with my family, but we found our own tradition.  So we kick off the Christmas season with Buddy the ELF.  I still try and make the Christmas Eve dinner every year, but our tree is fake – though that doesn’t make it any less fun to decorate – and we started the tradition of opening one present on Christmas Eve (pajamas, of course!) and a yearly reading of a very special Christmas book.  We went into the bookstore back in 2009 and the illustrator was on site, so we bought The Conifer Court Competition and he did caricatures of all three kids inside the back cover (shown above).  (If you have not had the chance to read it, take the time to check it out.  It’s about the true meaning of the season.)  Then, just before bed, we read The Night Before Christmas.

Now, for the reason you are really here – the FOOD!
 

Shrimp Thermidor

 

 
Preheat oven to 350° F (176° C)
  • 3/4 lb shrimp, peeled, deveined, tail off
  • Sliced bread, buttered
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cup milk or half and half (can substitute with 1 cup cream + 1 cup water)
  • 1/2 tsp dry, ground mustard
  • a pinch of smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, shredded (I use a combination of Parmesan, Romano, and Asiago)
  1. In a regular-sized muffin tin, place a slice of buttered bread in each cup.
  2. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until toasted.
  3. Saute mushrooms in butter.
  4. Stir in flour, mustard, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  5. Add milk (or half and half) and simmer until thickened.
  6. Add cheese (measured to preference) and stir shrimp into sauce.  Cook thoroughly, about 3-5 minutes.
  7. Pour over bread cups and serve.
↑ (the sauce + shrimp)
(the bread “cups”) ↓
It is rich and elegant, but oh so easy.  Total time: approximately 30 minutes, not including the time you bake the bread, unless you do it at the same time.  Enjoy!
 
Now Ho Ho Hop over and see my friends’ traditions:
These Peppermint Creme Sandwich Cookies from Karen may become a tradition in my house!
Rabia is showing us how to Create a Family Time Capsule, to save memories of your traditions:

How about some Movie Favorites for the whole family from Lydia to you:

Have a fabulous December!

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