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My First requested Help! 
Oct. 10, 2013 5:13 am 
Updated: Jan. 21, 2014 12:49 pm
Guess what? I received my first request for an answer to a question from my blog today, so I thought I would share it with every one.

This goes out to Nancy, her question is "what is the best type of shrimp to buy for recipes when you go to the store.  I live in the Midwest and find that there is no such thing as fresh?"

Well Nancy, I am going to give you an answer based on what I do.  Some may disagree with me, but you did ask me after all and everyone else is welcome to chime in with their recommendations as well.

1. Never buy Shrimp that is already peeled and deveined, buy raw shell on shrimp when ever possible.

2. I never buy farm Raised--only wild caught shrimp!

3. If possible look for wild caught shrimp that says Texas Gulf Coast if possible, they are generally White Shrimp, and higher than the other types you can buy.

With that being said, I am sure that many will have a different take on the best area to make sure you shrimp is from, but I will stick to the gulf coast.  no matter where they originate, always buy shell-on raw shrimp that is wild caught and you will definitely tell the difference.

Oct. 10, 2013 6:20 am
I agree but I must say at times I've used Shrimp already peeled, devained and cooked for a quick Shrimp Cocktail.
Jan. 21, 2014 12:49 pm
I agree also, but don't buy cooked shrimp. Costco has good, inexpensive frozen, deveined tails-on shrimp. When you can't get good raw shrimp, this is a good second choice. It only takes 4 minutes to cook shrimp to your taste.
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I have been cooking since i was 12 years old, got my first job in a restaurant when I was 14. I was trained by a professional Cook, also my Mother and Grandmother who had deep roots in the country style as well as the Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking.
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All though I can cook almost anything, my favorite thing to cook is breads. I have making homemade breads, rolls and baked goods since I was 18 and I am now 50!
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Almost all of my Family Recipes center around Country Cooking, with a Dutch flare, or style. My family all comes from the deep country where you cooked what you raised.
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I once prepared and served a Banquet for President Bill Clinton when he was Governor of Arkansas. Multiple Blue Ribbons at the Arkansas State Fair as well as the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair.
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Once cooked a Standing Rib Roast that was so tough you needed a Skill Saw to slice it and it was already on the table.
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