Grilled Shrimp with Anchovy Butter – Day 4 of the 12 Days of Canapés – 2011

Every December, it is always the same. The month starts out so bright and full of promise. This will be the year that the stress will be held at bay, that the calendar will not be over-scheduled and that there will be plenty of time for walks, cups of tea while gazing at the tree, and cozy, low-key dinners with friends.

And then it happens. There are cookies to bake, and parties to host and attend and gifts to buy and festive dinners to plan and execute. There might even be a blog that needs to be written and 12 recipes for canapés that must be cooked and photographed.

Okay, so here we go, I am officially falling on the sword. I admit it, I am a wee bit behind here. BUT there is still plenty of light and brightness because the hectic part of my month is just about done and then I will be free to enjoy all the things that make this season so special AND spend a bit more time around here, which is something I truly love.

So that brings me to today’s recipe. I can imagine a few of you are thinking, “Hmmm, this doesn’t look like much of a canapé to me…” and I would have to say that technically, perhaps, you are right. But in the spirit of letting go and enjoying all that this crazy, fun, frenetic month of December has to offer it might just be the very perfect holiday nibble.

Instead of being the usual, fancy “black dress” type hors d’oeuvre that is most at home at a upscale cocktail party these shrimp with anchovy butter are on the more relaxed side of this seasons offerings. It is in this direction that I am taking the rest of my month. Relaxed, casual, easy and fun. This is not to say there there won’t be some fancy, party-worthy canapés coming up in the next days just that there will also be plenty of room for some beers, a pile of salty, sweet, buttery shrimp (a bunch of napkins) and time with some very good friends.

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2 Responses to Grilled Shrimp with Anchovy Butter – Day 4 of the 12 Days of Canapés – 2011

  1. Beer, shrimp, and good friends sure works for me. Who needs fancy all of December? Not me…

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