I got a nice Barnes & Noble gift card for Christmas and, after a little thought, I knew exactly what I wanted. More Shag!
I don’t have anywhere to hang more art and Shag’s art is really expensive anyway. Just by buying a few books, I’ve hugely expanded my collection. Also, they don’t take-up much room and they’re a boatload of fun, so in this case buying them is a total win.
I picked Shag, Ltd. as the main art book because it encompasses a lot of the work I like. Party with a Yeti? Why not?
I also chose Tiki Drinks, which is written by Adam Rocke, illustrated by Shag. I figured this might be a good choice because eventually we’ll have our bar finished and what better way to celebrate than with a few retro-inspired cocktails. It’s the art that gets me, though. Party with an alien-headed fishbowl man? Why not?
I went ahead and threw Shag Party: Cocktails and Appetizers to Seduce and Entertain (also written by Adam Rocke) in my cart because if you’re going to order, you should order big, right? It was a good choice because it ended-up having some tasty recipes and my favorite picture of all.
I’ve also made the crab rangoon and they’re really good.
Crab Rangoon Trader Vic
1 can (6 1/2 oz.), crab meat, shells removed and well drained.
1 3 oz. package of cream cheese, room temperature
1 tsp. A-1 sauce (I used Worcestershire and it worked fine)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
24 wonton wrappers
Mix crab, cream cheese, A-1 sauce and garlic powder. Place 1 1/2 tsp. mixture in center of wonton wrapper. Moisten the edges of the wrapper with water; fold in half diagonally and press edges to seal. Repeat with remaining filling and wonton wrappers. Heat 1/4 inch oil in a skillet over med. heat and fry the wontons until lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Serves 6 (4 each).
So those are the books I’ve actually purchased lately. There are more Shag books I’d like to get, though, and my birthday is coming up…