Summer Boil

This is the perfect summer meal!  My family and I really enjoy this on a night when it feels like summer.  Maybe the kids were in the pool all day and we can eat outside and make a mess and not care.  Summer nights with no school in sight and a big pot of shrimp and sausage is just what we need.  This is a true one pot meal that is spicy and delicious!

Adapted from The Food Network  Kitchen

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Summer Boil


  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 1/2 cup of Old Bay Seasoning
  • 8 cloves of garlic smashed
  • 1 large red onion, quartered
  • 6 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 pound of baby red potatoes
  • 8 ears of corn, snapped in half
  • 1 package of kielbasa(I use the turkey kielbasa that has 2 in a package), sliced
  • 2 pounds of uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined (I buy the big bag of shrimp from BJ’s for this)
  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • sriracha(We use trader Joe’s brand because it is the best)


  1. Fill a large pot with 4 quarts of water.
  2. Squeeze the lemon juice into the water and add the squeezed lemon halves into the water.
  3. Add the Old Bay, garlic, and onion.
  4. Add the thyme.
  5. Cover and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the potatoes and simmer about 10 minutes.
  8. Add the corn and simmer 5 more minutes.
  9. Add the kielbasa and simmer for 5 more minutes.
  10. Add the shrimp and cook until shrimp are pink(about 3 minutes)
  11. Put 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large bowl.
  12. Ladle out about 1 cup of broth from the pot and put in the bowl with the butter.
  13. With a slotted spoon transfer the shrimp, kielbasa and vegetables to the bowl.
  14. Add the other 2 tablespoons of butter to the top.
  15. Ladle about 1 more cup of the broth and add it to the bowl.
  16. Mix gently.
  17. Put the rest of the broth in a gravy boat and serve on the side with lemon wedges and sriracha.

We usually pour a lot of broth over the top of our individual bowls and squirt some sriracha over the top.  It is spicy!!

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I'm a stay at home mom and my life revolves around feeding my family of four. I love to cook for my husband Matt and two boys(Matthew-11 and Dominick-9). I'm not good at entertaining big crowds. That makes me nervous! I TRY and cook healthy meals, and I TRY to buy organic. Matt likes almost everything except for olives, mustard and fancy cheeses-everything I love)! So I try to find recipes without those ingredients or sneak them into the food I make and then he picks them out... And when he likes something, he has no control. Can't stop. Won't stop! But he really tries to make good choices in what he eats. In the last five years or so we both have made changes for the better in our diet. Matthew eats very little and is very picky. It's hard to watch him eat cause he's always picking! My mom get's so annoyed watching him eat! I was the same damn way as a kid. I tortured my parents by becoming a vegetarian for 7 years! I still can't eat all meat. I'm picky. Dominick loves almost everything! And when he loves it, you know it. It's all over him and the floor. Unlike Matthew. Not a single crumb.... I am 100% Italian-I think.. I grew up in Long Island and always ate really great food!!! While the other kids in school were bringing Lunchables or buying lunch, I was eating a chicken cutlet sandwich! My mom is an amazing cook. Much better than me. I have to pull recipes and follow them. She just whips stuff up in minutes and its amazing! And my dad loves all of her food, and all food in general! Except if its too healthy, like salmon.... Most of the time when he's eating his eyes are closed. He says he can taste it better that way... My sisters both live in Long Island and our conversations usually consist of food, fashion, beauty or kids. Ali is similar to my mom. She whips up delicious meals. And they are usually healthy and light. She says she doesn't eat carbs, which is a lie. Every weekend shes at the pork store picking up twisted Italian bread, sausages, and ravioli. Her eyes light up when her 2 year old Joseph eats. Her goal in life is to feed him. And she hates casseroles. Refuses to make them. Lol Jen is very busy as a dance mom with her two girls. But when she gets in the kitchen, watch out! She cooks up a storm. Her salads are the BEST ever! Usually, it's accompanied with steak and rice or fried chicken cutlets! And there are leftovers for the whole week. The goal of my blog is to share some of my family's favorite foods. I'll let you know what works out well and not so well for me when it comes to feeding the fam!

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