Third Annual Low Country Boil

June 9, 2014

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This weekend Matt and I held our Third Annual Low Country Boil!

As a refresher, here are links to our first two!

First Annual

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Second Annual

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And the third! {my favorite invite of them all : )}

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This year we invited 175 people (including toddlers). We are crazy! But we just keep making more and more friends : ) We actually wanted to invite even more people but we had to draw the line at those who we see regularly. This was definitely the most expensive party we’ve ever thrown. We ended up having about 75 show up!

In preparation, Mazen and I went to the market on Saturday to stock up on berries, fresh flowers from Twin Oaks and Andouille from The Rock Barn.

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Matt and I spent the afternoon preparing the yard. We lucked out with gorgeous weather!

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We had four beers on tap plus sparkling water.

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This year we also had a guest brewer – Matt’s friend Patrick brought a schwartzbier!

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We also had lots of wine, lemonade and juice for the kiddos.

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We actually couldn’t do this party on such a large scale without the help of Matt’s beer equipment. We use his giant brew kettle (and old keg turned pot) that he can drain with a hose before we pour out the dinner.

Here’s the recipe if you want to make it for small group!

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I spent an hour chopping potatoes, Andouille and lemons for the pot while Mazen napped

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Ready…

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Set!

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Go!

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Delish!

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Our friends brought more sides and desserts and there was more than enough delicious food to go around.

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I feel bad that we didn’t get any people shots except this one just as folks were arriving. We were too busy chasing toddlers, eating and chugging beer to remember to take more!

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We have so many leftovers that you’ll be seeing these again…

Sunday’s lunch : )

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Sunday night we went to a cookout for my friend Eileen’s birthday.

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Eileen is fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and hosted a killer craft beer cookout in exchange for donations to her campaign. If you feel called to donate, here is Eileen’s fundraising page. She’s almost to her goal!

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We had a great time!

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1 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves June 9, 2014 at 6:20 am

Your Low Country Boils always look so fun! And delicious :) You are obviously some amazing and generous hosts.
Hope you have a wonderful week, Kath!

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2 Teffy Perk June 9, 2014 at 7:08 am

Oh wow, that looks like so much fun!
I love summer, and I love it even more when there is such good food involved on a warm summers day!

{Teffy’s Perks} X

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3 Brittany June 9, 2014 at 7:15 am

It was the perfect weekend weather wise for cookouts and outdoor parties. The low country boil food looks delicious and so does the beer. Seeing the sparkling water reminds me that I need to convince Isaac to let me put sparkling water or kombucha on tap in one of his mini kegs. :)

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4 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats June 9, 2014 at 7:26 am

What a fun party and I’m sure your friends really appreciate you for all your effort put into it! I’m pretty sure my brother had 75 at his wedding!

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5 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh June 9, 2014 at 7:49 am

Looks like a wonderful time! I’m sure everyone appreciated your chopping and food prep for such a great main dish.

I wish I had that much space to host so many people (and cars!). It gets crowded when there are 5 people in our place! (I guess it keeps us out of the “you host the holidays this year!” pool so that might not be a bad thing for this type A!)

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6 Emily June 9, 2014 at 7:51 am

This looks like such a fun party concept! It makes me sad I have a shellfish allergy (although I’m sure with all those yummy looking sides there would still be plenty to eat ;)

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7 Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} June 9, 2014 at 8:07 am

I so love this! I love the whole idea and would love to do this sometime!

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8 kate June 9, 2014 at 8:15 am

The food looks awesome, the drinks too! (although i don’t think I could drink a beer with hot peppers!)
My only concern is that it doesn’t look like a lot of food for 75 people (and have leftovers!). Maybe I like to play it safe and I always overbuy. How do you know how much to buy for so many people? I wouldn’t really know where to start!

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9 KathEats June 9, 2014 at 11:05 am

We have sooo much left. We do 1/3 pound of shrimp per person and I think a quarter pound of meat. One piece of corn and I think a quarter pound of potato….I can’t remember exactly. We always have more than enough and not everyone eats equally so it balances out. Plus there are lots of sides.

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10 Shel@PeachyPalate June 9, 2014 at 9:03 am

Wowsers! You must have a big back yard!! The spread looks fantastic, just had a bowl of tiger prawns with garlic chili butter (ghee actually!)…incredible! I’m hooked!

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11 Kinsey June 9, 2014 at 9:21 am

What a fun party! Mazen looks so serious on the swing–it’s so funny how toddlers will get in a super focused zone like that, it’s too adorable!

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12 Carolyn June 9, 2014 at 10:04 am

I live in California so I’ve never been to a Low Country Boil but yours always look soooo fun! And OMG you have so many friends! I feel like I only see about 10 of my friends regularly lol! Did you have to rent tables and chairs for that many people?

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13 Heather June 9, 2014 at 10:30 am

Fundraising for her bday! what a great person!

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14 Nicole June 9, 2014 at 10:41 am

Your weekend looks like so much fun!! Inspiring to host such a large party at your house!

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15 Leah @ goodnight cheese June 9, 2014 at 11:13 am

Wow, how do you have time to see 75 people on a regular basis? I could probably only get to that number if I included everyone in my office, haha.

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16 Melissa June 9, 2014 at 11:24 am

I want to do this one day, on a smaller scale a group of about 10 of us :) looks like you had a blast!

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17 Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run June 9, 2014 at 11:24 am

that’s the greatest FM basket — so perfect!!

love your black lace tank, too.

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18 Hope June 9, 2014 at 11:26 am

I don’t even know 175 people! The food looks delish!

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19 Livi June 9, 2014 at 11:40 am

Those flowers are so gorgeous!!

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20 Tracy June 9, 2014 at 12:12 pm

I’ve always wanted to do a low country boil!!! Pinning your recipe for a fun summer event!

CUTE black lace tank! Will you share the source?

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21 KathEats June 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm

I honestly don’t remember where I got it – which probably means it’s from the old Loehmann’s : (

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22 Jeri June 9, 2014 at 12:13 pm

I’ve been wanting to do one. The large international market has been having live crawfish just about every weekend. But Maybe I will plan for the 4th to do it as a 24th b-day party for my son

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23 Alex @ Kenzie Life June 9, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Sounds like a full house but a great party and weekend!

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24 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner June 9, 2014 at 3:33 pm

I love when you post your low country boils, because it always reminds me to make them! Looks like a wonderful party, and the beers are so creative.

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25 Kelsey @ SoMuchLifeToLive June 9, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Your low country boil posts are some of my faves! Your family seems so incredible – wish I knew all of you in person!

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26 Kelly June 9, 2014 at 5:17 pm

WOW I can’t believe it’s 2 years since your porch warming… I must have been reading for a long time!!!

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27 Sarah Chastain June 9, 2014 at 5:20 pm

I was wondering if Matt would be willing to share his recipe for the Imperial Red ale with Basil! My husband and I are wine-makers (and beer) in northern CA, and we would love to try that one. He seems to have some really creative beer ideas!

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28 KathEats June 9, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Sure email him: mamonson at gmail

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29 Matt June 10, 2014 at 7:07 am

6gal postboil
1.075 OG

31% Maris Otter
31% two row
20% red wheat malt
5% english crystal 45
2% american crystal 20
.5% carafa special
10% granulated sugar

50 IBU bitter hops (60min)
28g Centennial (flameout)
28g Northern Brewer (flameout)
12 stems of basil (flameout)

At flameout, let sit hot (or whirlpool if you have capability) for 30min before chilling.

Pitch with Wyeast 1968 London ESB at 62*
Ferment low, in the 62-65 range for the bulk of fermentation, then ramp up to 70* to finish.

RE: “stems of basil,” I’m referring to something like an 8 inch long stem that has 3-5 leaf clusters on it. It’s a lot of basil! I’ve made this with 20 stems before and it was a little perfumey. I’ve also done a Basil Wheat with 8 stems and that was pretty light but still noticeable. As for the flameout hops, you could use many varieties but I’d pick something with a cooling light flavor – don’t make it a huge citrus bomb.

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30 Sarah June 10, 2014 at 11:50 pm

Thanks so much! I will pass this on to my husband. I will let you know how it turns out!

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31 Jeanie June 9, 2014 at 5:49 pm

The food looks delicious! (I’m sooo hungry right now.) My cousin and her husband started a cystic fibrosis foundation in Monterey, CA, called The Living Breath Foundation. Both of their children have CF. Since it’s mostly a genetic condition, it’s a mystery as to how they developed it. No one in either family has had it in the past. The kids are around 30 years old now. I’m getting ready to attend their annual fundraising dinner at a private golf club in Carmel. It’s always a treat, and they raise a lot of money with silent and live auctions.

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32 Emily June 9, 2014 at 7:05 pm

wow, 175 people? It’s like you were throwing a wedding!!! LOL! fun stuff.

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33 Kristin June 9, 2014 at 11:11 pm

This looks awesome. Do you know of a handy way to scale back this recipe so it’s just for two adults? I don’t have to space to throw a huge party like this quite yet! Does it reheat well?

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34 KathEats June 10, 2014 at 5:19 am

The recipe I posted is for a smaller scale but still more than 2. It does reheat well!

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35 Marta Smiala June 10, 2014 at 6:37 am

Photos looks amazing and this lunch is perfect! :)

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36 Lindsay June 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm

This post is like bottled summer. Beautiful food, company, drinks and pictures!

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37 Lorin June 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Wow, I can’t imagine seeing 175 people regularly. Looks awesome!!!!!

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38 Terese June 11, 2014 at 11:07 am

Looks tasty but those juice pouches are terrible for the environment. With a layers and layers of plastics and metals they are impossible to recycle or reuse so every single one ever producer is landfilled or incinerated. Just a thought for next time.

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39 KathEats June 11, 2014 at 11:45 am

Well I only buy them for big party events – they are not daily staples around here.

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40 Kimberly June 12, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Another idea for low country boil leftovers (I’m sure it’s not a new one, though! :-)… For breakfast, dice (but not too small) the potatoes, sausage and shrimp and sauté in a little butter (also add a bit of corn cut from the cob) on the stove. My SIL made this a couple of years ago after we did a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner of Low Country Boil. Simple and delish!

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41 Anna June 13, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Ah, this all looks SO delicious! And I love all the homebrew (also, obsessed with Blue Mountain Brewery!). And those flowers are seriously gorgeous!

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42 Kim July 1, 2014 at 9:23 am

So great! We are hosting one on Labour Day weekend with our friends. Do you make your own spices or order them, for the boil?

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