Shrimp Boil at the Block Party

Our chiropractor has a block party every year.

Well, he did last year and this year and since we’ve only lived here two years… to me that’s every year.

It’s a thing where they give you a card, you go to the surrounding shops and they stamp your card for stopping in.

When the card is full you can turn it in for dinner.

Fun for the kids, free and I don’t have to cook. Yes please!

The culinary students from Iowa Central Community College (one of the largest community colleges in the states) set up the best shrimp boil this side of Louisiana.

I’m talkin’ this guy would have liked it.

Troy-Landry1This is one of my  hubs favorite shows. I can barely understand the words coming out of their mouths but never the less a cute show.

Back to the boil;

They gave me the recipe they used (it ain’t a secret). The quantaties would depend of course on how many are coming over. They anticipated serving about 300.

  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Red potatoes, cut in quarters
  • Vidalia onions, cut in wedges
  • Smoked sausage, cut in 2 inch lengths
  • Jumbo shrimp, peeled
  • Corn on the cob, cut into 2″ chunks



They also served chicken legs and thighs that had been covered in montreal steak seasoning and slow roasted. They call em cajun chicken drumsticks.


To me the best part of this dish is the warm, spicy broth. I contemplated taking a travel coffee mug and asking them to fill it up. I didn’t, but I thought about it.

We had such a great time. I got to shared Saeed’s story. Each business agreed to hang up posters for the upcoming 5k here in Fort Dodge on the 19th of October.


Sometimes to be part of the community you have to go and be part of the community.

Oh and Jim got his goatee chalked. Nice…

Disgustedly, Amy

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