We like to entertain and cook, as you've likely surmised. One of our best traditions is the late-summer shrimp boil, which we started down south then relaunched up here with this being the third installment. It's getting crazy out of control as we're looking at north of 70 attendees this year. WTF? We need a bunch of people to really make asses out of themselves so we can excommunicate them or something. :evil laugh I just got off the horn with someone in LA (that would be the gulf LA, not home to the choking dogs Angels and Dodgers) ordering up our shrimp -- thanks for that tip here. We're doing CheeseCrack (queso fundido), blanched veggies with a Creole dipper, watermelon-tomato salad, cole slaw, the usual corn/sausage/spud/shrimp and we'll have a bunch of local berries with crema and brownies -- you gotta have chocolate -- for dessert. So glad we are at our casa as the wine bottle tally at the end can be staggering, though the local cabbies do well that evening. Every year we look at the simplicity of the menu and then just laugh at the work that goes into pulling this off. And we'd have it no other way. Fun with friends. That's what it is ALL about. Now when do the holidays roll in?????