28 Aug We’re going to the Island!
We have been jamming and jelly-ing as fast as we can around here, but its time for me to stop, and type a little bit to get you up to speed.
We are one of 10 amateur cooking teams selected to compete at the Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival. The event is the weekend of September 18 and we’ll be cooking on Saturday.
Cooking with local ingredients is important to us, so we have developed a delicious recipe that uses our award-winning Georgia Apple Cider Pepper Spread, as well as several other Georgia Grown foods.
Our friends at Nora Mill Granary are the official grits sponsor this year, and they are the only grits that I’ve cooked with for over 20 years, so I feel pretty confident with the grits portion of our dish. Recipe development is fun, but finding local shrimp in our beautiful mountains is not possible, cause, you know, its the mountains, duh! We don’t buy pond raised shrimp from overseas, so locally, we haven’t had any luck buying shrimp for our recipe. Luckily, we are out and about pretty frequently to Atlanta, so I was able to buy wild caught Georgia shrimp at Buford Highway Farmers Market the last time we were there for product demo and they cooked up sweet and tender.
Closer to home, we can find wild caught gulf coast shrimp in Gainesville at the Atlanta Highway Seafood Market. In addition to the seafood market, they have a restaurant as well that serves some of the most well-prepared and delicious seafood I’ve had. You should definitely check them out next time you’re in the area, especially if you enjoy Cajun & Creole spice.
While we are no strangers to competition, this is our first live and timed cooking competition. It would be wonderful to see you on Jekyll Island and have you there to cheer us on. Let us know if you’re coming. If you can’t get away, you can follow along virtually through our hashtag for the event, #UnicoiPreservesGoodEnough. We’ll be posting to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds. Keep your fingers crossed that our recipe will be Good Enough to win!